Health Dialogue on Urinary Incontinence

   Urinary Incontinence

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The following is an editorial resource from YourTotalHealth.
Doctor and Patients

Do you ever “leak” urine or “have accidents?” Maybe it happens when you laugh or lift something heavy. Or you notice it now that you’re pregnant or just delivered your baby? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, one in every five women under 45 has incontinence.

Incontinence is not easy to talk about, even with your doctor. You may not want to try because you’re too embarrassed or think it’s normal. But we want you to know that help is here. Our Health Dialogue brings together a group of experts—a gynecologist, a nurse, a geriatrician, and a patient advocate—to answer your questions based on their different backgrounds and many years of experience. See how they’ve answered pressing questions (upper left). Suggest a new “question of the week.” Or pose a question to one of these experts on the message board.

Rebecca Rogers, MD

The Urogynecologist
Rebecca Rogers, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Director, Division of Urogynecology; Director, Fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery; University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

Rebecca Rogers, author of Regaining Bladder Control: What Every Woman Needs to Know, has done research on pelvic floor changes after birth, and the sexual health of women with pelvic floor disorders. Read full bio

Catherine E. DuBeau, MD

The Geriatrician
Catherine E. DuBeau, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine; Director of Geriatric Continence Clinic, Section of Geriatrics; University of Chicago

Catherine DuBeau is a teacher, researcher, and practicing geriatrician dedicated to helping older people manage urinary incontinence while preserving quality of life.
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Tamara Dickinson, RN, CURN, CCCN, BCIA-PMDB:
The Urological Nurse
Tamara Dickinson, RN, CURN, CCCN, BCIA-PMDB
President, Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates; Senior Research Nurse, Continence and Voiding Dysfunction, Department of Urology, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Tamara Dickinson is the president of the association of nurses trained to work with patients with incontinence and related problems. Urological nurses provide essential patient education. Read full bio

Cheryle Gartley

The Patient Advocate
Cheryle Gartley
Founder and President, the Simon Foundation for Continence, Wilmette, Illinois

Cheryle Gartley is a true pioneer in educating the public and the medical profession about incontinence. She is the founder and president of The Simon Foundation for Continence, and author of Managing Incontinence: A Guide to Living With Loss of Bladder Control. Read full bio

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If you're struggling with a leaky bladder and have more questions than answers, you've come to the right place.

Over the next six weeks, the four experts gathered here will answer frequently-asked questions and issues faced by people with incontinence: