Urinary Incontinence in Women
Urinary incontinence is experienced by almost every women at some point in her lifetime. Pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, obesity, and the general basic structure of the female urinary tract are the major culprits while nerve damage or problems can sometimes be the cause. In other words, incontinence is extremely common in women of all ages.
The weakening of the pelvic muscles, ligaments, and the pelvic floor by the reasons listed above is why urinary incontinence is so common. Sometimes even gravity is the reason. But while there are many different reasons for incontinence, it shows its ugly head in just a few common ways.
The most common form of urinary incontinence in women is stress incontinence. When the body puts pressure on the bladder or the muscles surrounding the bladder (which is basically the entire abdomen), the pressure squeezes on the bladder which squeezes out a little urine. Our bladders are never completely empty and is constantly refilling but this problem can be worse at some times than others. Sneezing, laughing, coughing, as well as physical activity can all cause pressure on the bladder and thus, stress incontinence. Since this is usually just a few drops of urine, wearing a light pad or panty-liner is very effective at preventing embarrassment.
Urge incontinence is a more serious form of incontinence as it can signal nerve damage, diabetes, an issue with the brain such as Parkinson’s disease, among other issues. Urge incontinence is when the need to empty the bladder occurs quickly and without warning causing leakage. It is embarrassing and troublesome and should be discussed with a doctor immediately. Urge incontinence is involuntary and will not resolve itself.
The last most common form of urinary incontinence is overactive bladder. This is when the bladder receives messages from the brain to empty too frequently, or when it shouldn’t. If you void more than 7 times daily or 2 times at night, you might have overactive bladder. The good news is that there are medications to treat overactive bladder but you must talk with your doctor about them.
There have been many improvements in bladder pads and panty-liner for women who suffer from incontinence. Pads are now thinner with more absorbent cores to trap liquid giving you peace of mind without all the bulk. There are also exercises called Kegels and surgeries available for women with chronic bladder issues. Talk to your doctor about your options. Take a look at our just for women category for female specific products!
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