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For more information contact:

Dr. Jennifer Skelly 
P: 905-573-4823 
E: skelly@mcmaster.ca

Women's Decision Aid

The decision aid is for women:

What is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence (UI) is the accidental release of urine or leaking urine. It can happen when you cough, laugh, sneeze, or jog. Or you may have a sudden need to go to the bathroom but cannot get there in time. Bladder control problems are very commen especially among women. They usually do not cause major health problems, but they can be embarassing.

Incontinence can be a short-term problem caused by a urinary tract infection, a medication, or constipation. In these situations, it gets better when you treat the problem that is causing it. In this decision aid we are focusing on the problem of ongoing urinary incontinence.

Incontinence is often treatable but most women who have incontinence suffer in silence as they do not seek help and health care providers do not regularly ask women about their bladders. Incontinence is not part of normal aging.

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Women's Decision Aid

The Decision Aid provides options to manage UI:

1. Lifestyle changes
2. Toileting Strategies
3. Bladder control protection 
4. Pelvic Muscle Support
5. Medications 
6. Surgical Management

The Decision Aid also provides more information about:

-Where to start
-Tools to help you decide
-What else you need to know
- Talking with your Healthcare provider
-Resources in your Community
-Planning the next steps