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As women age sometimes even minor problems with incontinence
can make an already difficult life become even harder.
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Incontinence is the loss of bladder or bowel control. It is
not a disease; it is a symptom of a condition. But it can be
embarrassing for anyone regardless of the reason. It is
estimated that over 25 million Americans are affected in
varying degrees by incontinence, and 85% of them are women.
Incontinence should not be accepted as merely a result of
normal aging. A broad range of conditions and disorders can
cause incontinence, including weak pelvic floor muscles,
birth defects, injuries to the pelvic region or to the
spinal cord, neurological diseases, infection, and
degenerative changes associated with aging. It can also
occur as a result of pregnancy or childbirth. It is found
that women have a higher occurrence of incontinence after
Regardless of the cause of incontinence and whether or not
it is a major problem, quality incontinent products prove
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After about the age of 40, men and women lose about a half a
pound of muscle a year which is replaced by body fat. After
menopause women can lose twice that amount of muscle. Unless
measures are taken to increase lean body tissue through
exercise, muscular strength will continue to decline
including internal muscles. As the pelvic floor muscles
weaken, the likelihood of incontinence increases.
Basic types of Urinary Incontinence
Stress Uninary Incontinence (SUI) occurs because of weak
pelvic floor muscles and/or a deficient urethral
sphincter, causing the bladder to leak during exercise,
coughing, sneezing, laughing, or any body movement which
puts pressure on the bladder.
- Urgency Urinary Incontinence (UUI) and overactive Bladder
is the urgent need to pass urine and the inability to get
to a toilet in time. This occurs when nerve passages along
the pathway from the bladder to the brain are damaged,
causing a sudden bladder contraction that cannot be
consciously inhibited. Stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s
disease, and multiple schlerosis (MS) can all cause urge
Mixed Incontinence is when symptoms of both Stress and
Urgency type incontinence exist.
- Chronic Retention of Urine or Overflow Incontinence refers
to leakage that occurs when the quantity of urine produced
exceeds the bladder’s holding capacity. It can result from
diabetes, pelvic trauma, extensive pelvic surgery, pelvic
organ prolapse in women, enlarged prostate in men,
injuries to the spinal cord, shingles, multiple schlerosis,
Parkinsong’s Disease, or polio.
What are Common Causes of Bladder Weakness?
Relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles, often seen in
women who have had several children.
Weakened pelvic muscles occurring after menopause.
Infections of the bladder or urinary tract.
Nervous system disorders.
Irritation to the bladder caused by caffeine, alcohol, or
Reduced muscle strength due to aging
Treatment Options for Incontinence
Because there are various causes for incontinence, a
physical examination by a health care professional is
essential in obtaining an accurate diagnosis. A thorough
examination by a Urologist may include X-rays, blood tests,
urine analysis, special tests to determine bladder capacity,
sphincter condition, urethral pressure, and the amount of
urine left in the bladder after voiding.
There are Three Major Categories of Incontinence Treatment:
Behavioral, Pharmacological, and Surgical.
Behavioral Techniques may include actually scheduling when
to go to the bathroom, not waiting too long. It is likely
to include strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through
Pelvic Muscle Exercises known as Kegal exercises.
more information provided by the National Association for
Pharmacological Treatment (medication) can be prescribed
when necessary and appropriate by a healthcare provider.
Surgical Treatment is usually performed as a last resort
and may not solve all problems. The type of surgery
performed will be determined by a healthcare specialist and
will depend on the cause of the incontinence.
When there is no cure for incontinence, there are devices or
products to help manage the problem. These include absorbent
incontinent products (products such as Poise, Depends, and
Attends), external collection systems, catheters, pelvic
organ support devices, penile compression devices, and
urethral inserts (plugs).
Incontinence should never be accepted as a necessary and
inevitable part of aging. Always consult a physician at the
first signs of incontinence.
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