Managing Female Incontinence - Understanding Light Bladder Leakage

When the issue of female incontinence comes up many people assume that this means a complete lack of bladder control. The reality is that for many women female incontinence means more of a light bladder leakage. However, this problem can be as equally difficult to deal with as a more severe incontinence problem. The good news is that there is wide variety of incontinence products that can help women manage light bladder leakage using products that are lighter and yet still as absorbent as adult diapers. These urinary incontinence products range from incontinence underwear to incontinence pads. Many of the most popular and widely used incontinence pads come from the Poise, Abena, and Attends incontinence products lines. 

Once a women has the right incontinence product for her needs it is important to understand that basics of the problem. Most light bladder leakage is caused by a form of stress incontinence. This means that the pelvic floor muscles have been weakened. This can often happen with the stress and damage that pregnancy and childbirth can do to these muscles. Keep in mind that the incontinence can show up immediately or even years later. When these muscles have been weakened it becomes difficult for the woman to control the urinary function. This is especially apparent when she sneezes, laughs, coughs, lifts, runs, jumps or makes any other vigorous or sudden movement.

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Another risk factor for female incontinence occurs as a woman gets older. The aging process can make the tissues and the surrounding muscles thinner and more prone to incontinence. In addition, the hormonal changes that occur during menopause can also make a woman more prone to female incontinence.  In addition, there is a wide variety of other medical conditions that can make female incontinence worse. This can include but is not limited to: obesity, diabetes, neurological problems, and previous surgeries to the abdominal area. Because most female incontinence is caused by an underlying medical problem it is crucial that any woman who is experiencing symptoms seek out medical help from her doctor as soon as she can. Keep in mind that by seeking out early medical treatment you are taking proactive steps to manage your incontinence.

Many women feel embarrassed and ashamed about any type of incontinence. If you are experiencing symptoms you may feel alone. The reality is that this is a common problem that affects millions of women. The good news is that there are many different support groups that are made up of women who are dealing with this same problem. They can provide both emotional support and information about help and resources that are available. If you can’t attend a support group you may want to consider finding a support group online.

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Any type of incontinence can be an overwhelming and daunting problem to deal with. Many women assume that if they only have light bladder leakage that they simply have to put with it. The good news is that there are both strategies and treatments that can help any woman manage her incontinence. By having the right incontinence products on hand and seeking out treatment, women who are experiencing incontinence can find help. For more information about the causes, and types of female incontinence along with information about how to deal with it please click on

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