Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence md top10mdThe Latin word “incontinentum” means “not holding together.” Urinary incontinence is a loss of the control of your bladder. It is caused when your muscles are not able to hold your bladder under control. Bladder control problems happen for a variety of reasons to a broad range of people. Involuntary urination is another name for urinary incontinence. The muscle most affected by urinary incontinence is your urinary sphincter. The urinary sphincter is in charge of holding urine in the bladder.

Anyone can have urinary incontinence, but the most common group is older people, and among that group, females. Out of the 25 million older adults that are affected by urinary incontinence, nearly 80% of them are women. Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause are the major reasons for the greater prevalence of urinary incontinence among women. About 1 in 4 women between the ages of 18-24 experiences incontinence.

Kinds of Urinary Incontinence

There are six main types of urinary incontinence. You can think of these as occurring on a spectrum of incontinence, beginning with the most functional version of incontinence and ending with the least functional version.

Non-Surgical Options for Urinary Incontinence


Surgical Options for Urinary Incontinence

Risk Factors

Urinary incontinence has been linked to the different behaviors and traits. The older you are, the greater your risk of developing urinary incontinence. Diabetes is linked with urinary incontinence. Being female puts you at greater risk for urinary incontinence, because of giving birth, menopause, etc. Kidney disease is a congenital condition associated with incontinence. Obese and overweight people are more likely to have incontinence issues because the increased pressure on their bladder and surrounding muscles weakens the muscles and makes leaks more likely. Smoking causes a chronic cough, which is a trigger for developing urinary incontinence.

Dealing with urinary incontinence can be difficult. You may need help from another person with your toilet and hygiene needs. Or you may benefit from artificial and disposable underwear. Talk with your doctor about your issues with incontinence.


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