Sometimes, all you ever hear about is how crummy it is to get old! Did you know that urinary incontinence is not a natural part of aging?
Female incontinence can range from minor leaking with a cough or sneeze, to a sudden urge to urinate, and unable to make it to the bathroom in time. It is often associated with aging but that is a myth. Incontinence can affect women in all walks of life, at all stages of life.
There are different types of incontinence:
- Stress. Any sort of pressure on the bladder, from exercise, sneezing, coughing, laughing and even exercising can lead to incontinence.
- Sudden and Intense urge- This is an involuntary urge to urinate and often, you don’t make it to the bathroom.
- Overflow Incontinence- This is a constant dribbling of urine because the bladder doesn’t empty correctly.
- Functional Incontinence- Due to a primary illness or disease, such as arthritis, it makes it hard to get to the bathroom in time.
- Mixed incontinence is just as the name suggests.
Any kind of incontinence can disrupt your life and it does no good to wait to discuss this with your doctor. It may seem embarrassing to think about approaching the subject with your provider, but it is more common than you think.
There are many things that can trigger incontinence
- Some foods such as caffeine
- High blood pressure
- Muscle Relaxers
- Foods high in sugar or spice
- Artificial sweeteners
There are some things you can do today, to help ease urinary incontinence.
- Keep a diary of the times you go to the bathroom. See if you notice a pattern or correlation to time of day or foods you choose. With this information, you can start behavior training. Try to hold off, as long as possible, before using the bathroom. Training your bladder to delay a little, can be time consuming and tedious, but many women find this technique helpful.
- Life style changes and muscle building are additional tools. Many Physical Therapists today, have a person on staff who specializes in pelvic floor training. Sometimes, when you can strengthen the pelvic muscles, the incontinence becomes less of a problem.
- Often, a doctor will prescribe various medications or even devices that can be used, that strengthen the bladder and reduce the amount you leak.
- Finally, surgery is always an option. Our doctors at Madison Women’s Clinic, have been specially trained to provide surgical relief for female incontinence. It isn’t something you just have to deal with. If you have tried just about everything else, then maybe, surgery is for you.
We urge you to not live another day with urinary incontinence. Make an appointment with one of our providers and get your urinary health back on track. You’ll wonder why you didn’t make that appointment sooner.