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Facts: Urinary Incontinence (UI)

UI affects about 200 million people worldwide.
The International Continence Society (ICS) defines incontinence as the involuntary loss of bladder or bowel control.
Incontinence occurs because of problems with muscles and nerves that help to hold or release urine. Incontinence occurs if the bladder muscles suddenly contract or muscles surrounding the urethra suddenly relax.
Urinary Incontinence can be triggered when you cough, laugh, sneeze, or jog.
The social costs of UI are high and even mild symptoms affect social, sexual, interpersonal, and professional function.
One-third of men and women ages 30-70 mistakenly believe that incontinence is a normal part of aging.
Women experience UI twice as often as men. This is largely because women go through pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and the structure of the female urinary tract account. Older women also experience UI more often than younger women.
One in four women over the age of 18 experience episodes of leaking urine involuntarily.
One-third of men and women ages 30-70 have experienced loss of bladder control at some point in their adult lives and may be still living with the symptoms.
On average, women wait 6.5 years from the first time they experience symptoms until they obtain a diagnosis for their bladder control problems.
Two-thirds of individuals who experience loss of bladder control symptoms do not use any treatment or product to manage their incontinence.

Types of UI

There are several types of incontinence that can afflict women.
Stress Incontinence happens when coughing, laughing, sneezing, or other movements that put pressure on the bladder cause you to leak urine. Physical changes resulting from pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause can often cause stress incontinence.
Urge Incontinence happens if you have leakage of large amounts of urine at unexpected times, including during sleep. A common cause of urge incontinence is inappropriate bladder contractions
Overactive Bladder occurs when abnormal nerves send signals to the bladder at the wrong time, causing its muscles to squeeze without warning. There is increased urinary frequency and urgency, with or without urge incontinence.
Functional incontinence is untimely urination because of physical disability, external obstacles, or problems in thinking or communicating that prevent a person from reaching a toilet.
Overflow Incontinence happens when the bladder doesn’t empty properly, causing it to spill over. Weak bladder muscles or a blocked urethra can cause this type of incontinence.
Combinations of the above are sometimes referred to as Mixed Incontinence. Most women don’t have pure stress or urge incontinence, and many studies show that mixed incontinence is the most common type of urine loss in women.
Transient Incontinence is a temporary version of incontinence. Medications, urinary tract infections, mental impairment, and restricted mobility can all trigger transient incontinence.

UI Treatment Options

Most bladder control problems can be cured or at least improved upon. There are also ways to help you live with the problem.

  • Discuss with your doctor any medication you may be on, as some can actually make your incontinence worse.
  • Keep to a fixed schedule of urinating every 2 to 4 hours, even if you don’t feel the need to.
  • Practice “double voiding”. This means urinating as much as possible, relaxing for a few moments, and then urinating again.
  • If you know you have trouble reaching the bathroom before you urinate, always be sure to note where the bathrooms are when you are in a new place. You can also try wearing clothes that are easily removed, such as those with elastic waistbands or Velcro closures.
  • Cut down or eliminate caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea, and some carbonated drinks) from your diet. Also avoid drinking alcohol in excess.
  • Wear a tampon or an incontinence pad while doing activities such as jogging or dancing to avoid embarrassment.
  • Avoid drinking too much or too little fluid. Too much liquid can increase the need to urinate and increase incontinence. Too little fluid can result in dehydration.
  • If you smoke, quit. This may reduce coughing, which may reduce your problem with incontinence.
  • Many women have seen an improvement in their bladder problems with the help of Kegel exercises. These help to strengthen your pubococcygeus or PC muscles, which provide support for you pelvic organs, including your bowel, bladder, uterus, and vagina. LW

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