Good News for Urinary Incontinence Sufferers
Urinary incontinence can make your life more difficult, and who needs that! But there is good news. There are treatments and cures available that can greatly improve your quality of life. Below is some information about this condition and how to best deal with it.
What is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a loss of bladder control that results in an inability to hold your urine until you get to the toilet. Symptoms can range from mild leaking (dribbles) to uncontrollable wetting. Loss of bladder control can be a frustrating and embarrassing problem, but it is important to know that it can be treated and controlled, if not cured so you can lead a normal life again.
Who is likely to suffer from incontinence?
It can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender and background, but tends to be more common in women and the elderly. Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from this condition. Pregnancy and childbirth, menopause and the structure of the female urinary tract account for this difference. Some statistics show that out of an estimated 13 million adults in the US affected by urinary incontinence, approximately 85 percent of those are women.
Both women and men can became incontinent from neurologic injury, birth defects, strokes, multiple sclerosis, physical problems associated with aging, and other physical problems.
There are several different types of urinary incontinence:
Leakage of small amounts of urine when coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising and lifting heavy objects.
Leakage of large amounts of urine at unexpected times, including during sleep.
Leakage because of physical or mental disability or external obstacles.
Unexpected leakage of small amounts of urine due to a overfilled bladder.
Occurrence of more types of incontinence together.
Temporary leakage due to a condition that will pass (medications, restricted mobility, etc).
How is urinary incontinence treated?
There are several types of treatments for urinary incontinence:
- Special exercises
- Bladder training
- Medical devices
The type of exercise, device, or medicine you use depends on whether you are treating stress, urgency, or mixed UI.
The goal of your treatment may be continence (when urinating is under your control) and/or reducing the amount of urgency or leaking. Ask your doctor which treatment is best for you.
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