What You Need To Know About Female Incontinence

There are 25 million adults in America that experience some form of urinary incontinence, and it’s estimated that 75%-80% of those people are women.  Some people think that incontinence is something that naturally happens as you get older, but it’s possible for women in their teens to experience incontinence issues.  People can experience incontinence problems differently.  Woman can have incontinence problems that can range from being a minor nuisance, to a serious and problematic condition.   According to the Mayo Clinic there are four kinds of incontinence problems women can have:

Stress incontinence

Stress incontinence occurs when any motion that stresses or puts too much pressure on the bladder causes it to leak.  Stress incontinence can occur for a variety of reasons.  Some cases occur during pregnancy and after childbirth because pelvic muscles get stretched or damaged.  Other cases can occur because of high impact sports, or from being overweight.

Overflow Incontinence

Overflow incontinence occurs when you can’t fully empty your bladder when you use the bathroom, and you experience frequent urine dribbling.  It’s possible for certain medications to cause the problem, or it could be caused by weak bladder muscle contractions or bladder obstructions.

Urge Incontinence

Urge incontinence, more commonly known as overactive bladder, is characterized by having an urgent need to urinate that’s followed by an involuntary loss of urine.  Conditions like MS, Parkinson’s disease, and other nerve and neurological conditions can cause urge incontinence.  It’s also common for urinary tract infections to cause urge incontinence.

Mixed Incontinence

If you experience a combination of these symptoms, you could be diagnosed with mixed incontinence.  Being diagnosed with mixed incontinence simply means that you have more than one type of incontinence problem.  While it’s common to have a combination of both stress and urge incontinence, other kinds of combinations are also possible.

If you have incontinence issues, you have a variety of management and treatment options to choose from.  There are a lot of incontinence supplies for women like absorbent pads and underwear you can wear.  Other women find that changing their diet helps control their incontinence.  Avoiding diuretics like caffeinated drinks can help, as can avoiding consuming excess liquid.

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