Urinary Incontinence Brief Overview

Urinary Incontinence Brief Overview

What is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence involves the involuntary leakage of urine. In other words, it means a person will urinate when they don’t want to. This can either mean dribbling of urine or complete loss of control. It can affect not only a person’s physical health, but mental wellbeing and social life. Depending on the type of incontinence, how severe the patient’s condition is, and what is causing the patient’s particular case, a combination of treatments may be required.

What are the symptoms?

While the severity of incontinence can range from tiny urine leakage to people wetting their clothes, the particular experienced symptoms will likely fall into one of the following types:

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Stress incontinence: Any sort of pressure causes urine leaks. This includes pressures caused by coughing, sneezing, or exercising.

Urge incontinence: Sudden feelings of the need to urinate, followed by an involuntary excretion of urine. People suffering with this will need to urinate frequently and may find themselves doing this in inconvenient times and places.

Overflow incontinence: Frequent or constant urine dribble that is caused by the inability of the bladder to empty in its current state.

Functional incontinence: When a person is physically or mentally impaired and cannot reach the bathroom in time.

­– Mixed incontinence: When you experience more than one of the listed conditions.

What causes Urinary Incontinence?

For temporary incontinence, certain consumed items including foods, medications and drinks, can act as diuretics. Diuretics increase the volume of excreted urine. Common drinks and foods that act as diuretics include:

– Alcohol

– Coffee (or another drink with caffeine)

– Decaffeinated coffee and tea (Although decaffeinated, they still contain some caffeine)

– Artificial sweeteners or corn syrup

– Acidic food

– Foods that are high in sugar

– High dosage of vitamin B or vitamin C

Incontinence can be caused by other medical conditions.

– A urinary tract infection or UTI can cause irritation to your bladder, giving you a strong urge to urinate. If the UTI is treated, then the incontinence condition will also be remedied.

– Constipation can make it hard for your nerves to stay controlled. They instead become overactive and thus increase the need to urinate.

For persistent incontinence can also be caused by other underlying conditions and physical changes. These conditions include:

– Pregnancy

– Menopause

– Hysterectomy

– Enlarged prostate or prostate cancer

– Neurological disorders

When should I see a doctor for incontinence?

If incontinence is changing your life significantly or in any way affecting the quality of life, then it is time to talk to your doctor. Although it may feel a little awkward and embarrassing to discuss this, it is important to seek medical advice from professionals before the condition worsens. Incontinence may be indicative of something more severe, so the earlier you seek help, the better.

 

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