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Continence Services

Support and treatment for urinary and fecal incontinence

Incontinence is a common issue that can significantly impact a person's quality of life. It can be caused by various factors including age, medical conditions and neurological disorders. However, there are often medical interventions and treatments available to manage or improve continence.

That’s why Aspirus St. Luke's dedicated team is here to provide compassionate care and support, tailored to your unique needs.

What is continence?

Continence refers to the ability to control and hold in bodily waste, such as urine or feces. Conversely, incontinence is the lack of control over these bodily functions, leading to the unintentional release of urine or feces.

How do you know if you have a continence issue?

Recognizing a continence issue involves paying attention to your body and being aware of any changes or difficulties in controlling the release of urine or feces. Here are some signs that may indicate a continence problem:

  • Frequent urges: Needing to urinate urgently and frequently, or if you experience sudden urges to have a bowel movement
  • Leakage: Accidental leakage of urine or feces, especially when you laugh, cough, sneeze, or engage in physical activities
  • Difficulty emptying: Struggling to completely empty your bladder or bowels
  • Changes in bowel habits: Persistent changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation
  • Pain or discomfort: Pain or discomfort during urination or bowel movements

If you notice any of these signs or experience concerns about your ability to control urinary or bowel functions, talk to your primary care provider. They can help determine the cause of the issue and recommend treatment options.

How is incontinence evaluated and treated?

At Aspirus St. Luke's, our continence services include a range of medical and behavioral therapies, as well as social and emotional support. We begin with a thorough evaluation, including a review of patient history and a physical exam.

There are many different degrees and combinations of incontinence. The severity of your leakage, your age, your tolerance of treatment and your lifestyle, along with the results of your physical exam and evaluation, will be taken into consideration to create a treatment plan specific to you.

Referral required for this service. If you need one, talk to your primary care provider.

To establish care with a Aspirus St. Luke's primary care provider, call 218.249.4000 or find a clinic near you.

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