Understanding Urinary Incontinence
Sufferers of urinary incontinence struggle with bladder control problems and it is an extremely common and somewhat frustrating and embarrassing experience for millions of people. Ask yourself these questions to figure out if you are experiencing urinary incontinence symptoms. Do you leak urine when you sneeze or cough? Do you suddenly have an urgent need to run to the toilet so badly that you’re not sure you’re going to make it in time? Do you have a fear of wetting yourself therefore, avoiding regular daily activities? Do you have trouble controlling when you urinate?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you might be experiencing urinary incontinence. Even though it is a common experience in many people, urinary incontinence is not necessarily a normal part of life or aging. Urinary incontinence after childbirth is normal for most women and unavoidable.
Adult urinary incontinence can even occur after women experience menopause and other life changes. It is a medical condition that can have many different causes, some that are temporary or simple and others that are long term. Adult urinary incontinence in men can often occur after the removal of the prostate gland. Men will experience a sudden intense urge to urinate, which will be followed by an involuntary loss of urine. Your body may only give you a warning as short as a few seconds to a minute to reach the toilet.
With urge urinary incontinence, you may also need to urinate often. This urge to urinate may even wake you up several times a night and become frustrating sometimes causing you to lose sleep. Some people with urge urinary incontinence have a strong need to urinate after they drink only a tiny bit of liquid or when they hear water running. Sometimes going from sitting to standing may even cause you to leak urine. Stress urinary incontinence may be caused by anything that aggravates the bladder or a urinary tract infection. It can also be caused by destruction of the nervous system that is associated with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, injury or Alzheimer’s disease as well as bowel problems.
In stress incontinence, the bladder is overactive and it is contracting even when your bladder is not full. Actually, urge urinary incontinence is sometimes called an irritable bladder or overactive bladder. Urinary incontinence is a difficult situation to deal with and if you frequently or constantly dribble urine, you may have overflow urinary incontinence. Overflow urinary incontinence is when you are unable to empty your bladder and it overflows uncontrollably and you leak urine without any control whatsoever. With overflow urinary incontinence, you may feel as if you need to empty your bladder and cannot or that you never completely empty your bladder. Causes of temporary or sudden urinary incontinence include the following:
* Increased urine amounts, like with poorly controlled diabetes
* Mental confusion
* Weight gain
* Stool impaction from extreme constipation, causing pressure on the bladder
* Side effects of certain medications, such as antidepressants and antihistamines
* Urinary tract infection or inflammation
* Prostate infection or inflammation
* Short-term bed rest such as when someone is recovering from surgery
A urinary incontinence diagnosis can be done by examining medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic procedures that can help the doctor determine the type of urinary incontinence and an appropriate urinary incontinence treatment plan. There are also forms of urinary incontinence medications that may reduce the flow of urine and also urinary incontinence surgery procedures that you can discuss with your physician to see if it is suitable for you.
If you are experiencing trouble with urinary incontinence please visit with your doctor. In many cases, urinary incontinence can be eliminated and managed. Even if it is not eliminated, modern incontinence products of today and constant management of urinary incontinence can ease your inconvenience and daily discomfort levels. Incontinence products such as urinary incontinence diapers help restore confidence in-case of a sudden accident.