Female Urinary Incontinence

Dianna Malkowski
Physician Assistant
Many women find that they have an involuntary leakage of urine. This is an especially common problem among older women. However, while it is embarrassing and can seem overwhelming there is a wide variety of incontinence products for women that can help anyone who is dealing with this issue. There are lots of different incontinence undergarments that women can use to help them deal with female urinary incontinence. These incontinence undergarments range from adult diapers to incontinence underwear that can be worn with or without incontinence pads. Some of the most commonly used incontinence pads are from the Poise, Abena, and Attends lines.

Having the right incontinence products can help a woman deal with and better manage her female urinary incontinence symptoms. However, it is also important to become educated about the problem in order to seek out treatment and obtain a resolution of symptoms. There are certain risk factors that dispose women to female urinary incontinence. These risk factors include but are not limited to:
  • 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.
Along with the risk factors for female urinary incontinence it is also important to understand the treatments that are available. These treatments can include:
  • 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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It can seem overwhelming when you are trying to deal with female urinary incontinence. However, it is important to keep in mind that you are not alone. This is a highly common problem that affects millions of women. It is important to understand there are many different treatments and management strategies available. When you have the right incontinence products and knowledge you can successfully deal with female urinary incontinence. For more information about the causes, and types of female incontinence along with information about how to deal with it please click on http://caregiverpartnership.com/landing/bladder-control-basics/.

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