- Your age-The older a woman gets the higher the chances that she will experience female urinary incontinence.
- Your gender-Female urinary incontinence is fairly self explanatory however, it is important to know that the stress of pregnancy, childbirth, and even the hormonal changes that happen at menopause can bring on symptoms of urinary incontinence either at that time or even years later.
- Your diet-Women who drink large amount of caffeinated beverages and alcohol have been found to be at higher risk for female urinary incontinence.
- Your medications-The type of medications that you are taking can contribute to developing female urinary incontinence. Some high risk medications include: diet pills, diuretics, cold relief medications, sedatives, medications to treat high blood pressure and other heart conditions, muscle relaxants and antidepressants.
- Your overall health-If you have a neurological disease or injury, diabetes, or a birth defect in or around the pelvic floor muscles you are much more likely to develop female urinary incontinence.
- Physical therapy-The core of this treatment is often the Kegel exercise. Your doctor or physical therapist will instruct you on the right way to do this exercise in order to increase strength in the pelvic floor muscles. There are other weight bearing exercises that may be recommended as well.
- Behavioral therapies-This can include bladder training and biofeedback.
- Medications-There is a wide variety of drugs that can be used to treat female urinary incontinence. This can include antidepressants, certain hormones and other drugs specifically designed to treat female urinary incontinence.
- Surgery-This is most often done in only very severe cases of female urinary incontinence or where there is a repairable physical defect.
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