Urinary Incontinence can also be seen as the loss of bladder control. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking of urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that’s so sudden and strong that if you don’t get to a toilet in time, you might make it on the way.
It is a common and often embarrassing problem for the person even if she is the only one that is aware of it. Though it occurs more often as people get older, it is not an inevitable consequence of aging.
For some folks experiencing it, probably simple lifestyle changes or medical treatment can ease off discomfort or stop the urinary incontinence. So if you are experiencing this and it affects your daily activities, don’t hesitate to see your doctor.
Now What Are The SYMPTOMS In Women
▪ Many people experience occasional, minor leaks of Urine.
▪Others may lose small to moderate amounts of urine more frequently.
▪Sudden uncontrollably urge to urinate.
Urinary incontinence In Men
The definition of urinary incontinence in men is the unintentional loss of urine.
Faint, impaired and over-active bladder muscles, certain prostate conditions, and nerve damage are some of the possibly underlying causes of urinary incontinence found in men.
There are different types of urinary incontinence in men, including stress incontinence, urge incontinence , and overflow incontinence. Some men may have one, two, or all three types of incontinence.
▪Examination of urinary incontinence in male folks will involve a medical history and physical exam, and may include keeping a bladder diary. also an ultrasound and urodynamic test might be carried out
▪The Treatment of urinary incontinence in males might include some behavioral treatments, examples are bladder training, kegel exercise, medication, surgery, or a combination of these therapies.
TYPES of URINARY INCONTINENCE
This is a cause of urine leaking out when you exert pressure on your bladder. e.g coughing, sneezing 🤧, laughing, exercising or lifting something heavy
You’re likely to have a sudden intense urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine. In this case, you may need to urinate often, including throughout the night.
This is when you experience frequent or constant dribbling of urine due to a bladder that doesn’t empty completely.
This is when a physical or mental impairment keeps you from making it to the Toilet in time for example if you had pains in the Legs due to a fall or Arthritis.
This when you experience more than one type of incontinence
Now let’s look At The Causes
It’s important to know that URINARY INCONTINENCE is not a disease, rather It is a symptom. It can be caused by everyday habits, it could occur due to an underlying medical conditions that needs to be diagnosed and treated or due to Physical impairment. In anyway, a thorough examination by your doctor can help determine, what’s behind the cause of your in continence
As it has been pointed earlier, the causes varies from, certain drinks, food and medications which may act as diuretics, stimulating your bladder and increasing your volume of Urine.
These May Include
▪Some Foods which are high in spice, acid, especially citrus fruits
▪Heart & blood pressure medication, sedatives & muscle relaxants
▪Large dose of vitamin C
Urinary Incontinence May Also Becaused By
▪Urinary tract infection
▪Hormonal changes during pregnancy or
▪weaken vaginal muscles after birth
▪it can be caused due to aging ( aging of the bladder muscle thereby causing a decrease in the storage of urine in the bladder).
▪Menopause ( due to decrease in the production of estrogen that keeps the lining of the bladder & urethra healthy).
▪ Surgery such as Hysterectomy may eventually damage the supportive pelvic floor muscle.
And many others….