Types Of Urinary Incontinence And Its Prevention And Treatments

Dianna Malkowski
Physician Asst.
Hi, my name is Dianna Malkowski, Physician Assistant and Mayo Clinic trained nutritionist and I am on the board of professional advisers for The CareGiver Partnership.
Incontinence is a problem for roughly 25 million people in America. Dealing with incontinence is an embarrassing condition for many and can lead to depression along with falls. Since incontinence often happens without warning, many people start to exclude themselves from social situations as they do not want to have their embarrassing condition happen in public. Incontinence is a problem but it is a condition that can be managed. You just need to know what to do and you will easily be able to enjoy being social once again instead of trapped to your bathroom awaiting incontinence problems to arise. You need to first recognize the signs and symptoms of incontinence so you can find proper treatment for it. There are even some steps you can take in order to prevent incontinence from happening. To learn about the types of incontinence please visit: http://www.caregiverpartnership.com/landing/incontinence/.

If you know that incontinence is a problem, seeking treatment from your physician is the first step to take. They will examine you in order to check for abnormalities and other conditions. There are many people that actually suffer from other problems like diabetes along with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s and they commonly have urinary incontinence.

Women are likely to experience incontinence at some point in their life. Many women will suffer from it just after giving birth as the pelvic floor muscles are stretched and damaged. This causes them to become unable to hold in the urine the way they should. Performing Kegel exercises will help to strengthen these pelvic floor muscles once again and will also give you control over the bladder. Actually doing Kegel exercises often will allow you to prevent incontinence from arising.

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Losing weight is another way to prevent incontinence. Excess weight on the body will end up putting too much pressure on the bladder and this is what will end up leading to urinary incontinence. Keeping your BMI in the healthy weight range will have a significant impact on your health as well as on your bladder.

Quitting smoking and stopping your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and sugar substitutes will also decrease urinary incontinence. All of these things are stimulants and will irritate the bladder and cause it to malfunction. 

In addition to making these lifestyle changes you must also consider what type of treatments you have for incontinence. If you have stress incontinence you may be a candidate for a new surgery known as tension free vaginal tape. This is giving a lot of women relief from incontinence. Your physician will inside a small tape into the urethra to help give it more control over the bladder. It takes about 30 minutes to do and it can give you instant results.

Additional surgery options may be needed if your physician discovers that you are suffering from a certain type of incontinence that could be from an abnormality. This is why it is so important to speak to your physician and make sure you are looking at all of your treatment options for incontinence.

What else can you do about incontinence? Why not use some incontinence products that can give you relief? Many people find that using incontinence aids like adult diapers or pads will allow them to enjoy their social life again as they don’t need to be embarrassed by their condition. To find the right type of incontinence aids that will work for you please visit: http://www.caregiverpartnership.com/incontinence-product-finder/. Incontinence is manageable and doesn’t need to be a condition that you are ashamed about. With the right treatments and the right type of incontinence aids, you will be able to find relief from incontinence and enjoy your life again!

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