Incontinence – Urination

Phil the test manager, Going Postal

This is not going be easy writing about this.  However, as a challenge, I was asked about writing an article on this by Judas was paid.  I have no idea why he requested it.  Sorry, but this can be a serious issue.  I am hoping qualified people may be able to write the occasional article about health.

So my research begins; and I discover the definition:

“Lack of voluntary control over urination or defecation”

This means I may have to write a Part 2 to this story covering involuntary defecation, unless you plead with SB to not allow it.  He can be contacted via the comments or in the contact address that you will find on the contact page via the sitemap at the bottom of the page.  Phone calls, text messages, e-mails and even smoke signals are welcome.  I beg you, please.

Now as you know, I do like my *Specialist* sites and after considerable research of urinary incontinence I find it is a common problem.  The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that’s so sudden and strong you don’t get to a toilet in time.

It occurs more often as people get older, urinary incontinence isn’t an inevitable consequence of aging though.  If urinary incontinence affects your daily activities, don’t hesitate to see your doctor.  For most people, simple lifestyle changes or medical treatment can ease discomfort or even stop it.

The NHS estimates that between 3 and 6 million people in the UK have some degree of urinary incontinence.

See a Doctor if you think you have one or more of the following:

Stress incontinence. Urine leaks when you exert pressure on your bladder by coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising or lifting something heavy.

Urge incontinence. You have a sudden, intense urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine.  You may need to urinate often, including throughout the night. Urge incontinence may be caused by a minor condition, such as infection, or a more-severe condition such as a neurologic disorder or diabetes.

Overflow incontinence. You experience frequent or constant dribbling of urine due to a bladder that doesn’t empty completely.

Functional incontinence. A physical or mental impairment keeps you from making it to the toilet in time.  For example, if you have severe arthritis, you may not be able to unbutton your trousers quickly enough.

Phil the test manager, Going Postal

Causes

Urinary incontinence isn’t a disease, it’s a symptom.  It can be caused by everyday habits, underlying medical conditions or physical problems.  A thorough evaluation by your doctor can help determine what’s behind it.

Temporary urinary incontinence – Certain drinks, foods and medications may act as diuretics — stimulating your bladder and increasing your volume of urine.  They include:

Alcohol, Caffeine, Carbonated drinks and sparkling water, Artificial sweeteners, Chocolate, Chili peppers, foods that are high in spice, sugar or acid, especially citrus fruits, heart and blood pressure medications, sedatives, and muscle relaxants, large doses of vitamin C

Persistent urinary incontinence – Urinary incontinence can also be a persistent condition caused by underlying physical problems or changes, including: pregnancy. childbirth,  changes with age, menopause, hysterectomy. enlarged prostate (especially in older men),  prostate cancer, neurological disorders.

Risk factors.

Factors that increase your risk of developing urinary incontinence include:

  • Gender. Women are more likely to have stress incontinence. Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and normal female anatomy account for this difference.  However, men with prostate gland problems are at increased risk of urge and overflow incontinence.
  • Age. As you get older, the muscles in your bladder and urethra lose some of their strength. Changes with age reduce how much your bladder can hold and increase the chances of involuntary urine release.
  • Being overweight. Extra weight increases pressure on your bladder and surrounding muscles, which weakens them and allows urine to leak out when you cough or sneeze.
  • Smoking. Tobacco use may increase your risk of urinary incontinence.
  • Family history. If a close family member has urinary incontinence, especially urge incontinence, your risk of developing the condition is higher.
  • Other diseases. Neurological disease or diabetes may increase your risk of incontinence.

If you are suffering, you can buy *specialist* equipment such as pads, large pull-ups (disposable and washable), cleaning accessories, bedwetting alarms etc. here: www.incontinencechoice.co.uk

No need to panic about this.  It is not a disease but a symptom, please, see your doctor if you have any concerns.
 

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