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What is urinary incontinence

    • Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control.
    • Urinary incontinence can range from leaking a small amount of urine to having very strong urges to urinate that are difficult to control.
    • Millions of adults in the United States have urinary incontinence. It's most common in people older than 50 years of age, especially women.

    • Types of incontinence

      Stress incontinence

    • Stress incontinence is when urine leaks because of sudden pressure on your lower stomach muscles, such as when you cough, laugh, lift something or exercise.
    • Stress incontinence usually occurs when the pelvic muscles are weakened.
    • Stress incontinence is common in women.

    • Urge incontinence

    • This occurs when the need to urinate comes on very suddenly, often before you can get to a toilet.
    • Urge incontinence is most common in the elderly and may be a sign of a urinary tract infection or an overactive bladder.

    • Overflow incontinence

    • This type of incontinence is the uncontrollable leakage of small amounts of urine. It's caused by an overfilled bladder.This often occurs in men and can be caused by something blocking the urinary flow, such as an enlarged prostate gland or tumor
    • Diabetes or certain medicines may also cause the problem

    • Functional incontinence

    • This type occurs when you have normal urine control but have trouble getting to the bathroom in time
    • You may not be able to get to the bathroom because of arthritis or other diseases that make it hard to move around.

    • Mixed incontinence

    • This type involves more than one of the types of incontinence

    • Causes of urinary incontinence

    • For women, thinning and drying of the skin in the vagina or urethra, especially after menopause
    • For men, enlarged prostate gland or prostate surgery.
    • Weakened and stretched pelvic muscles after childbirth
    • Certain medicines.
    • Buildup of stool in the bowels
    • Overweight and obesity, which increase pressure on the bladder and muscles that control the bladder
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Vascular disease
    • Diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis.

    • Treatment

    • Kegel exercises and bladder training help some types of incontinence through strengthening the pelvic muscles.
    • Medicine and surgery are other options

    • What are Kegel exercises

    • Stress incontinence can be treated with special exercises, called Kegel exercises
    • These exercises help strengthen the muscles that control the bladder
    • It may take 3 to 6 months to see an improvement.

    • Kegel exercises

    • To locate the right muscles, try stopping or slowing your urine flow without using your stomach, leg or buttock muscles. When you're able to slow or stop the stream of urine, you've located the right muscles.
    • Squeeze your muscles. Hold for a count of 10. Relax for a count of 10.
    • Repeat this 10 to 20 times, 3 times a day.
    • You may need to start slower, perhaps squeezing and relaxing your muscles for 4 seconds each and doing this 10 times, 2 times a day. Work your way up from there.

    • What is bladder training?

    • Bladder training is a way of learning to manage urinary incontinence.
    • It is generally used for stress incontinence, urge incontinence or a combination of the 2 types

    • Will medicine or surgery help?

    • Medicine helps some types of urinary incontinence
    • For example, estrogen cream to put in the vagina can be helpful for some women who have mild stress incontinence.
    • For men,prescription medicine is available to shrink the prostate and improve flow of urine through the prostate.
    • Surgery can sometimes be helpful, especially in stress incontinence in women and in overflow incontinence in men due to an enlarged prostate.
    • It is usually only performed if other treatments haven't worked or if the incontinence is severe.

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