Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence happens when you lose control of your bladder. In some cases, you may empty your bladder’s contents completely. In other cases, you may experience only minor leakage. The condition may be temporary or chronic, depending on its cause.
As you age the muscles that support your bladder tend to weaken. This can lead to urinary incontinence.
The condition can also be caused by many different health problems. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and can be a sign of an infection, kidney stones, enlarged prostate, or cancer.

Types of urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence is divided into three general types. You can potentially experience more than one type at the same time.

Stress incontinence

Stress incontinence is triggered by certain types of physical activity. For example, you might you lose control of your bladder when you’re exercising, coughing, sneezing, or laughing. Such activities put stress on the sphincter muscle that holds urine in your bladder. This can cause it to release urine.

Urge incontinence

Urge incontinence occurs when you lose control of your bladder after experiencing a sudden and strong urge to urinate. You may not be able to make it to the bathroom in time, once that urge hits.

Overflow incontinence

Overflow incontinence can occur if you don’t completely empty your bladder when you urinate. Later, some of the remaining urine may leak from your bladder. This type of incontinence is sometimes called “dribbling.”

Causes of urinary incontinence

There are many potential causes of urinary incontinence. Examples include:

  • weakened bladder muscles, as a result of aging
  • physical damage to your pelvic floor muscles
  • enlarged prostate
  • cancer

Some of these conditions are easily treatable and only cause temporary urinary problems. Others are more serious and persistent.

Aging

As you get older, the muscles that support your bladder typically become weaker. This raises your risk of incontinence. To maintain strong muscles and a healthy bladder, it’s important to practice healthy lifestyle habits. The healthier you are, the better your chances of avoiding incontinence as you age.

Damage

Your pelvic floor muscles support your bladder. Damage to these muscles can cause incontinence. This damage can be caused by certain types of surgery, such as hysterectomy. It’s also a common result of pregnancy and childbirth

Enlarged prostate

If you’re male, the neck of your bladder is surrounded by your prostate gland. This gland releases fluid that protects and nourishes your sperm. It tends to enlarge with age. It’s common for men to experience some incontinence as a result.

Cancer

Prostate or bladder cancer can cause incontinence. In some cases, treatments for cancer can also make it harder for you to control your bladder. Even benign tumors can cause incontinence by blocking your flow of urine.

Other

Other potential causes of incontinence include:

  • constipation
  • urinary tract infections
  • kidney or bladder stones
  • prostatitis, or inflammation of your prostate
  • interstitial cystitis, a chronic condition that causes inflammation within your bladder

side effects from certain medications, such as blood pressure drugs, muscle relaxants, sedatives, and some heart medications

Some lifestyle factors can also cause temporary bouts of incontinence. For example, drinking too much alcohol, caffeinated beverages, or other fluids can cause you to temporarily lose control of your bladder.

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Urinary Incontinence Treatment Options

Your doctor’s recommended treatment plan will depend on the cause of your incontinence. An underlying medical condition may require recommend medication, surgery, or other treatments.

You may also be encouraged to conduct certain exercises, such as pelvic floor exercises or bladder training. These can help to increase your bladder control.

Sometimes, your doctor may not be able to cure your bladder incontinence. In these cases, there are steps you can take to manage your condition. For example, your doctor may advise you to:

  • adjust your diet or fluid intake
  • maintain a clear and well-lit path to the bathroom
  • use absorbent undergarments or pads
  • take scheduled bathroom breaks
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