Incontinence can be an unspoken and often embarrassing problem with Over 1/3 of women experiencing incontinence at one stage in their life. Unfortunately, only a small percentage will seek treatment.
Urinary incontinence is a term that describes any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder and can range from a ‘small leak’ to a complete loss of bladder contents.
Urinary incontinence is not always associated with women who have had babies. Urinary incontinence can also be caused by chronic constipation, menopause, chronic respiratory conditions, repetitive high intensity exercise, prolapse, obesity and pelvic surgery.
The good news is that incontinence can be treated and managed. In many cases it can also be cured. As there are numerous causes of urinary incontinence it is important to get a correct diagnosis and therefore treatment plan.
The different types of urinary incontinence are as follows:
Stress incontinence – leaking associated with activities that cause an increase in pressure in the abdomen such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, running, jumping etc. Often this type of incontinence is caused from pelvic floor weakness and/or poor co-ordination of your pelvic floor muscles. Treatment consists of specific pelvic floor strengthening.
Urge incontinence – leaking associated with a sudden urge to go to the toilet. This sudden urge is usually due to an involuntary contraction of your bladder muscles giving you the feeling that you need to pass urine when your bladder may not be full. People who experience urge incontinence may also complain of an increased frequency of passing urine throughout the day and passing urine in the middle of the night. Treatment consists of pelvic floor exercises and specific bladder re-training.
Overflow incontinence – leaking associated with poor or incomplete emptying of your bladder leading to frequent leakage of small amounts of urine. Treatment will focus on the cause, are your associated muscles overactive? or are they weak?
If you think you may have any of these symptoms or would like more information about incontinence please send us a private message, the embarrassment won’t last but the improvements will.
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