Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence can happen to a person from time to time.  If this however, happens to frequently that it affects your day to day activities, you have to go see your doctor.  For the most part, it’s a very common kind of condition but even if a great number of people suffer from this, there’s no cause for you to suffer in silence.  Learning about urinary incontinence can help but since there are a myriad of types for this condition, you have to know which type you have so that you can take the necessary steps for treatment.

 

The Different Types of Urinary Incontinence

  1. Urge Incontinence.  This is characterized by an intense and usually sudden urge to urinate.  You might just be walking to work and when you pass the water feature in front of your office, you feel the urge to urinate and also leak urine in the process.
  2. Stress Incontinence.  Loss of urine happens for this type when any kind of stress or pressure is exerted on the bladder in the case of sneezing or lifting heavy objects.
  3. Mixed Incontinence.  This is a combination of the two previous types for urinary incontinence.
  4. Overflow Incontinence.  This basically refers to the inability for completely emptying the bladder.  You might feel the urge to urinate and when you do, you only have a dribble or a weak stream to show for it.
  5. Functional Incontinence.  This type of urinary incontinence is the most common for the elderly.  Just because of a mental or physical impairment, they couldn’t get to the bathroom in time.  For instance, because of arthritis, an elderly person might have difficulty getting to the bathroom.
  6. Gross Total Incontinence.  Urinary incontinence that pertains to continuous urine leakage.  For the most part, the bladder doesn’t have adequate storage capacity.

An Important Note about Urinary Incontinence

Aside from making the correct assessment for which type of urinary incontinence you’re suffering from, getting the opinion of your healthcare provider is also important in that this condition is a signal for something more serious going on with your body.  As an underlying condition, it can mean that you have urinary tract infection, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and the like.  Just to be on the safer side, paying your doctor a visit will be your tool for maintaining a good quality of life.


 

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The Causes of Urinary Incontinence

To use incontinence clamps, males just need to have an appropriate clamp, the one that fits on his penis comfortably. The unit is put halfway down the shaft of the penis and then tightened comfortably, effectively stopping the flow of urine but not compromising the circulation in the penile area. They must be removed every two hours to permit urination and to empty the bladder naturally. This way, natural urinary patterns are preserved while preventing distension and urine stagnation in the area which promotes growth of bacteria that causes infection and disease.

This symptom can demonstrate itself either as a temporary symptom or a persistent symptom.  Here are the causes for each kind.

For temporary problems with losing control over your bladder, you have to take a look at your diet and your lifestyle choices.

Alcohol can be one cause for urinary incontinence where you get a good urge to urinate after consuming this beverage because it works as a diuretic as well as a bladder stimulant.

It’s the same with drinking coffee and caffeinated drinks.  Notice that after drinking too much coffee in a day, you have more sudden urges to urinate.

 

Drinking too much water can also lead to urinary incontinence.  Especially if you just drank water in the hour, you’ll have too much urine for your bladder to hold. If you scrimp on drinking water, you can also get urinary incontinence.  Here, concentrated urine with too much salt and other toxins can irritate your bladder more.

 

Food choices like corn syrup, spicy foods, citrus drinks can also cause bladder irritation that can translate into incontinence.

Medications also have a way of contributing to this problem.

 

For the more persistent form of urinary incontinence, there are also different causes for this condition.

 

The biggest culprit would be aging where bladder muscles also tend to weaken due to age.  This means lesser bladder capacity as well as a more overactive bladder.

 

Pregnancy also affects women leaving them with stress incontinence.  This is all because of the changes happening in the body in relation to hormones as well as an increased pressure of having a growing baby in the womb.

For men, prostate cancer is one of the causes for incontinence in men.

 

It’s only with knowing what kind of urinary incontinence you have that the proper treatment can be administered.


 

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