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Urinary incontinence (UI) is the accidental loss of urine. It can occur at any age, but it is more common among women over 50. Urinary incontinence may be a temporary condition that results from an underlying medical condition. It can range from the discomfort of slight losses of urine to severe, frequent wetting.
Female Incontinence Treatments
Urinary incontinence is not a normal part of aging, but it is particularly common in older people. It is often caused by specific changes in body function that may result from diseases, use of medications or the onset of an illness. Women are most likely to develop urinary incontinence during pregnancy and after childbirth, or after the hormonal changes of menopause.
The following are some of the different types of urinary incontinence:
The symptoms of urinary incontinence may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your Gynaecologist for a diagnosis.
Urinary incontinence is diagnosed with the following:
- Complete physical examination that focuses on the urinary and nervous systems, reproductive organs
- Blood tests
- Urine samples
Treatment may include
- Automated Pelvic Floor Muscle training
- Bladder training
- Diet modification
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What causes urinary incontinence?
There are many possible causes of urinary incontinence. These include:
- Urinary tract infection
- Side effects of medications
- Weakened pelvic floor muscles
- Nerve damage to the bladder
- Severe constipation
- Overactivity of the bladder
- Changes in the body from childbirth or surgery
Some people lose bladder control because of factors not related to the urinary tract. If one is unable to walk to the bathroom, or if arthritis makes removal of clothing difficult, loss of urine may result.
Why should I care about my bladder control problem?
People often live with incontinence without seeking help. Many cases can be cured or controlled with appropriate treatment. Urinary incontinence is the second leading cause of institutionalizing elderly people. The problem can contribute to decreased socialization, decreased quality of life and depression. Getting up at night to urinate also increases the risk of falling and fracturing a hip.
What types of treatment are recommended for urinary incontinence?
Your gynecologist or other health care professional may first recommend nonsurgical treatment. This may include lifestyle changes, bladder training, physical therapy, and using certain bladder support devices. For urgency urinary incontinence, the treatment may involve medication. Surgery may help certain types of incontinence. Often, several treatments are used together for the best effect.
What health and lifestyle habits can help reduce the likelihood of incontinence?
There are several simple things you can do to help maintain bladder and urinary health, including:
- Try to Urinate regularly and don’t postpone
- Monitor your fluid intake. Try to Drink at least six to seven 8 oz glasses of water a day to keep your bladder healthy. When don’t drink enough water, your urine is more concentrated and may irritate the lining of the urethra and bladder.
- Be aware of your diet. A lot of food – contain caffeine, alcohol, acidic foods (like tomatoes and citrus fruits) and drinks, chocolate, artificial sweeteners, hot spices and carbonated drinks-can provoke your bladder. Take time to educate yourself about what foods and drinks activate your leakage and then eliminate them from your diet.
- Consider the weight factor A five to 10% weight loss can help ease the added pressure excess weight puts on your bladder and surrounding muscles and help in controlling your incontinence.
- Practice pelvic floor muscles exercises, also known as Kegels, to strengthen the muscles that help control urination. Kegel exercises work the muscles that you use to stop urinating. Making these muscles stronger helps you hold urine in your bladder longer. Also, there is a Magnetic therapy chair that provide rehabilitation support to muscle in the pelvic floor to aid with incontinence issues using electromagnetic wave. (Click here to read more)
Isn't Urinary Incontinence a normal part of aging?
Click changes that occur as we get older as menopause in women or prostate enlargement in men could contribute to incontinence, but that doesn’t imply that you just have to live with it. Many cases of urinary incontinence can be treated, managed or healed.
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