Summary: Urinary incontinence is one of those issues that are linked with our daily lives. It’s hell embarrassing, but seeing a knowledgeable gynecologist can help.
Urinary incontinence is an unintentional or accidental passing of urine that usually occurs when a person laughs, coughs, sneezes or runs. Elderly people are known to having bladder controlling issues. They usually don’t harm the body but can have a dampening effect on the quality of life. It is a short-term issue caused by a medicine, urinary tract infection or constipation. It can be cures, when treated properly.
After years of perseverance, gynecologists have found 3 main kinds of chronic incontinence:
- Stress Incontinence: It happens when a person sneezes, coughs, laughs and other things that put pressure on the bladder. It is the most common form of incontinence in women.
- Urge Incontinence: It happens when a person needs to pee but can’t reach the washroom on time. Some women inadvertently leak urine without prior warning. Others may do so by just hearing or touching water.
- A combination of above two: Mixed incontinence is a blend of bladder control issues. Older women are known to be hampered with these problems. A gynecologist may be the right person to consult for such issues.
Women generally ask questions with gynecologists as to why these problems occur. They say these issues are born because of weak muscles in the lower urinary tract or damage to the nerves that control urination. Stress Incontinence may be result of child birth, excessive weight or any other activity that causes pelvic floor muscles to stretch. Urge Incontinence may be the result of overactive bladder muscles that pushes urine out of the bladder.
Most bladder control problems possess a cure. Treatment for Incontinence consists of:
- Performing Kegel exercises which strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. It is one of the best ways performed only after consultation with a gynecologist.
- Medicines can be taken but they usually carry side-effects.
- Surgery can be performed to support the bladder or move it back to the normal position.