Urinary incontinence can be an immense source of stress and embarrassment for its sufferers. It can be nerve-wracking to not know when incontinence may strike; for some, the process of simply walking a few steps can be troubling. Developing greater understanding about urinary incontinence will help those who have it feel more supported and aware of their options, and will allow loved ones and others to have greater empathy and be able to provide better support to those effected.
What is incontinence?
Incontinence is defined broadly as “the inability to hold urine in the bladder, due to the loss of voluntary control of the urinary sphincters, leading to the involuntary passing of urine.”
Many don’t know that there are different types of incontinence. Urinary Stress Incontinence (USI) is the most common form, which is caused by weakness in the pelvic floor muscles. Other types of incontinence include urge incontinence, which is described as the experience of a sudden urge to urinate followed by incontinence. Overflow incontinence involves the inability to properly empty. Some types of incontinence can include a combination of above.
What are the causes of incontinence?
These range widely, from pregnancy, childbirth or changes in hormones created by menopause. For men, it can be linked to the removal of the prostate. UTI’s and some medications can also contribute to incontinence. The consumption of foods and drink that can irritate the bladder can also effect incontinence . Constipation can also apply pressure on nerves that contribute to incontinence.
When does incontinence happen?
Many different activities can trigger incontinence . This can be anything from vigorously jumping to simply walking.
Is incontinence common?
Yes! Approximately 1 in 3 peri-menopausal women experience at least one episode of stress incontinence each month. Do not feel embarrassed, alone or hesitant to consult with a doctor.
How can I prevent and treat incontinence?
There are several ways that incontinence can be treated:
- Exercises to strengthen pelvic muscles.
- Reducing substances that can irritate the bladder like alcohol and coffee.
- Eat more fibre; by relieving constipation incontinence can be reduced.
- Medications which can calm the bladder.
- Bladder retraining.
Visit your doctor to explore options.
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