What is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control that causes urine leakage before you can reach a restroom. If you suffer from UI, you are not alone. Almost 25 million people suffer from UI and 75%-80% of those people are women. While millions of people have UI, there are many different seventies ranging from little leakage when you cough or sneeze to having strong, sudden urges.
What Causes Urinary Incontinence?
There can be many causes for urinary incontinence, for example, obesity, pregnancy, bladder infection, weak pelvic floor muscles, constipation, medications, stress, smoking, caffeine intake, and hormonal changes associated with menopause. Some of these causes are easier to eliminate, while others are more involuntary and must be treated.
Do I have to Live with Urinary Incontinence?
There are many ways to treat urinary incontinence, but treatments usually depends on the state of the patient and type of incontinence. Often there are combinations of treatments used to treat UI in order to see the greatest improvement. Some of these treatments include strengthening your pelvic floor muscles with Kegel exercises, biofeedback, and bladder retraining.