Not being able to control when you go to the bathroom can be a substantial inconvenience and frustration.
If you’ve been affected by urinary incontinence, it’s possible that this is happening to you. Whether the urinary incontinence that you’re going through is temporary or permanent, there are ways to control the symptoms caused by this condition.
Urinary incontinence can display itself in a variety of ways with different levels of severity. The severity of your urinary incontinence will determine what types of treatment are recommended to you. This could either be an occasional problem that you’re affected by or something that’s recurring and causing numerous issues with your everyday life.
There are varying descriptions of urinary incontinence. For instance, you might lose control over your bladder when you cough or laugh too hard. It’s also possible that you’re simply unable to control when you urinate, which means that you might not be able to get to the bathroom before going. This condition is most common among older women, but can occur no matter your age.
Types of Urinary Incontinence
There are four basic types of urinary incontinence that include stress incontinence, overflow incontinence, urge incontinence, and persistent urinary incontinence.
The type of urinary incontinence that women are most likely to be affected by is stress-induced incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs when pressure is placed on the bladder from coughing, sneezing, or laughing. It’s also possible for strenuous exercises and heavy lifting during workouts to cause stress incontinence. Any kind of activity that places pressure on the bladder could cause this condition to develop.
Overflow incontinence is when your bladder leaks because it hasn’t been completely emptied after urinating. This could be caused by a mental or physical impairment.
As for urge incontinence, this condition is displayed by being unable to reach the bathroom before urinating. This particular incontinence could be caused by a small infection.
Persistent urinary incontinence is a type of incontinence that occurs regularly and without forewarning. The primary causes for this condition include weight changes or the presence of an underlying health condition.
Diagnosis & Treatment
In order to diagnose the condition, a urologist will conduct a thorough physical examination as well as a urinalysis to look for any signs of urinary incontinence. Your overall urination pattern will be tracked to identify if you suffer from this condition. Treatment for urinary incontinence usually begins with non-surgical options like performing pelvic floor exercises and bladder training.
You might also need to make some changes to your lifestyle such as losing weight, avoiding drinking too much alcohol, and better managing the fluids you consume. Surgery is only used as a last resort and can include a sling procedure or prolapse surgery.