Urinary incontinence- the loss of bladder control is a common and often embarrassing problem, but it is important to note that urinary incontinence is not a disease but a symptom.
READ ALSO: Bedwetting Solutions: 10 Tips to Help Your Child Stop
Women experience incontinence twice as often as men. Pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, and the structure of the female urinary tract may contribute to incontinence in women.
The good news is you are not alone if you are coping with incontinence, urinary incontinence in women is quite common and treatable.
READ ALSO: 6 Routine Questions You Should Be Asking Your GYN
Causes Of Incontinence In Women
Weak Bladder Muscles:
Nine times out of ten, your bladder leaks purely and simply because your pelvic floor muscles have weakened over time because of pregnancy, childbirth and the onset of menopause.
Overactive Bladder Muscles:
This type of incontinence is a bit different – it’s the urgent need to go, followed by an involuntary loss of urine — with anything from a few seconds to a minute’s warning.
READ ALSO: What You Should Know About Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Damage to nerves that control the bladder from diseases such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, or Parkinson’s disease. Nerve damage or trauma caused by surgery or certain therapies.
Types Of Urinary Incontinence
Stress Incontinence: Stress incontinence is the most common bladder control problem in young and middle-aged women. In younger women, the condition may be due to an inherent weakness of the pelvic floor muscles or an effect from the stress of childbirth.
Urge Incontinence: Is the inability to hold on for more than a few minutes once you have a sudden overwhelming need to urinate.
Overactive Bladder: Frequent, sudden urges to urinate may point to overactive bladder or urinary incontinence.
READ ALSO: 7 Simple Tips to Help Your Child Stop Bed-wetting
Functional Incontinence: Mental or physical problems such as dementia or arthritis prevent you from getting to the bathroom in time.
Overflow Incontinence: Is characterised by leaking with no warning or urge to urinate.
Mixed Incontinence: This means you have any two types of the condition. Many women have both stress and urge incontinence.
Transient Incontinence: A temporary type of urinary incontinence caused by an illness or a specific medical condition that is short-lived and is, therefore, quickly remedied by appropriate treatment of the condition and a disappearance of symptoms.
You may feel uncomfortable discussing incontinence with your doctor. But if incontinence is frequent or is affecting your quality of life, it’s important to seek medical advice because urinary incontinence may:
Tags: Pelvic Floor, Pregnancy, Urinary incontinence, Women
The Director, Cancer Research and Molecular Biology Laboratories, Biochemistry Department,…
An Ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants in…
The South West Regional Manager, Marie Stopes International Organisation Nigeria,…
For those who have made drinking coffee on an empty…
A gynaecologist, Prof. Ernest Orji of the Department of Gynaecology,…
A Professor of Anatomy and Consultant Reproductive Endocrinologist, Oladapo Ashiru,…
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has identified disruptions could…
A 44-year-old woman from Pennsylvania, Deirdre Diener has shared her…
Mila Clarke Buckley knew something was off with her body…
Your email address will not be published.