What is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is leaking of urine due to loss of control on bladder. This disorder is natural to aging.
In less severe cases urine leaks after a cough or sneeze. In severe cases, it gets embarrassing as the urine lease anytime and anywhere.
What causes Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a symptom caused by day-to-day habits or underlying medical conditions.
Conditions like urinary tract infection, constipation, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, hysterectomy, enlarged prostate, prostate cancer and neurological disorders cause urinary incontinence.
Certain drinks and foods like caffeine, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, chocolate, and chili peppers cause temporary urinary incontinence.
What are the symptoms of Urinary Incontinence?
Symptoms of urinary incontinence are:
- Urine leak due to a cough, sneeze, laugh, and exercise
- Increased frequency of urination
- Loss of urine following intense urge to urinate
- Constant dribbling of urine
- Incomplete emptying of the bladder
How is Urinary Incontinence diagnosed?
Diagnosis procedures of urinary incontinence are aimed at identifying the cause of the condition.
Tests like Urinalysis and Post-void residual measurement are run to identify infections and urinary tract conditions.
What are the treatments of Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence can be managed my strengthening pelvic muscles and making simple lifestyle changes. Doctors recommend simple behavioral techniques like scheduled toilet trips, bladder training and double voiding to stop urinary incontinence. Physical exercises help strengthen pelvic floor muscles. In severe cases, medications and using medical devices are recommended. When none of these treatments are working, doctors opt for a surgery to correct the condition.
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