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Urinary Incontinence - What it Can Mean For You

Every year, lots of people worldwide are affected by urinary incontinence, generally those fifty years or over, although it can happen in young adults. Urinary incontinence is treatable. It is a loss of control over the bladder. Coughing and sneezing can cause small amounts of urine to escape. In more excessive cases it can make it very hard to control an urge to pass fluids. Urinary incontinence is caused by weak pelvic muscles or diabetes. Other causes are:

  • thinning and drying of the skin in the vagina or urethra, more so after menopause
  • prostrate surgery or enlarged prostate glands in men
  • certain medications can also contribute to incontinence
  • vascular disease
  • a build up of stool in the bowel
  • obesity, which increases pressure on the bladder
  • urinary tract infections
  • diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's and diabetes can also affect out bladder function

If you find that you are having problems controlling your bladder urges, then there are aids that can help to save massive amounts of embarrassment. Adult diapers are one such aid. It is best to speak to your doctor so that tests can be carried out to find out what is causing the problem. Talk to your doctor, urinary incontinence is a common problem amongst men and women. There is always a cause of urinary incontinence, therefore a treatment.

Bladder training is also an option. A doctor will refer you to a physiotherapist who can give you the best methods to train your bladder and strengthen pelvic muscles.

The are five types of incontinence.

Stress Incontinence is when your bladder, because of pressure on the lower stomach muscles can release a small amount of fluid. Generally when you cough or laugh, it can occur because of weak pelvic muscles due to childbirth or surgery.

Urge Incontinence is when an urge to urinate comes on very quickly, often not giving you enough time to get to the toilet. It can also be a sign of a urinary tract infection or an overactive bladder.

Overflow Incontinence is caused by an overfull bladder. It causes small amounts of uncontrollable leakage. This is common in men and can be caused by the blockage of the urinary flow. Things such as an enlarged prostate or a tumour.

Functional Incontinence can happen with a normal bladder function but a lack the mobility to get to the toilet on time. This happens often when arthritis or other diseases affect your ability to move around.

Mixed Incontinence is a mixture of one or more of the above mentioned types of urinary incontinence.

In this age of technological advances, there are some excellent incontinence aids and various forms of incontinence products to help you maintain a normal lifestyle and still have a social life without the embarrassing risk of not making it to the toilet.

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