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The Many Causes and Types of Incontinence

Posted by Raymond on 11/18/2013
There are more than twenty five million American’s who are dealing with the embarrassing and painful condition known as urinary incontinence. This involuntary leakage can be caused by several problems within the urinary system, but things like stress and age can aggravate and make the condition much worse. 

Typically the most common type of incontinence is stress incontinence. This leakage occurs when a person sneezes, laughs or does any stressful movement that lifts the bladder area. Another type of incontinence is referred to as urge. This is when a person feels the urge right before their body leaks. It is not uncommon for people to have one or both of these conditions. When a man has incontinent issues, theirs comes from overflow. This is a very common problem because the prostate is constantly telling the bladder to empty. Though typically thought of as a woman’s condition, there are several men who are also affected. 

When the bladder is functioning normally, the urethral experiences a higher level of pressure than the bladder does. This sensation occurs until a person empties the continence of their bladder. However, when dealing with stress incontinence, the pressure inside the urethral and the pelvic muscles are not responding or acting normally. The pressure inside the bladder becomes great and the pelvic floor support is lost, resulting in a leakage of urine. There are many things that can cause a person to have problems with incontinence, especially the urgency type. These things are a bladder infection, a kidney stone, a tumor, irritation inside the bladder or someone unknown cause. Regardless of what the reason for the leakage, it is embarrassing and very uncomfortable. 

Some things can aggravate or cause the condition to occur. For instance, those who have are obese have more pressure inside their abdomen area and this causes excessive leakage. Also those who have been through childbirth, particularly those who have experienced it more than once, are prone to leakage. This occurs because the pelvic floor has lost the support and it causes stress incontinence. Anyone who is a smoker and coughs a lot is prone to incontinence. The constant coughing can cause a person to leak urine, even if their bladder was once healthy. 

Menopause is a time in a women’s life when she is likely to experience this leakage. The estrogen in the body helps to keep the pelvic floor muscles strong. The older a woman gets, the more likely she is to deal with these involuntary leakage problems. The good news is there are many products on the market that can help to correct this issue. There are things like Kegel exercises that can help to strengthen the pelvic floor and allow a person to ensure a healthy bladder.