- Leakage of urine beyond one’s control.
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- Involuntary loss of urine during activities such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, lifting, exercise, etc.
(CLICK HERE to view a description for stress urinary incontinence.)
- (Overactive Bladder): An involuntary loss of urine preceded by a strong urge to urinate.
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- A mixture of stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
- A strong need to immediately urinate.
- Urinating more than every 2 hours or more than 8 times a day.
- Getting up to urinate more than once during the night.
- An opening between the bladder and vagina or rectum and vagina which leads to leakage of urine or passage of stool vaginally.
- Slowing of urinary stream and having difficulty emptying one’s bladder. May be caused by prolapse.
- Unable to start a urinary stream and retaining a large volume of urine in the bladder. May be caused by prolapse.
- Uncontrolled loss of gas or fecal material.
- Infrequent bowel movements, excessive straining to have bowel movements, passage of small and/or hard stool. Sometimes fingers are placed inside the vagina or on the space between the vagina and anus to aid with bowel movements.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse:
- Displacement, falling, or sagging of uterus or vaginal walls.
- Displacement of the bladder into vagina.
(CLICK HERE to view a description of a cystocele.)
- Displacement of the rectum into vagina.
(CLICK HERE to view a description of a rectocele.)
- Displacement of the small intestine into space between rectum and vagina.
- Falling of the uterus into the vagina and beyond the vaginal opening.
(CLICK HERE to view a description of uterine prolapse.)
Vaginal vault prolapse:
- Displacement of the top of the vagina.
(CLICK HERE for a description of vault prolapse.)