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The Role Bacteria Plays in Incontinence

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In order to understand the role that bacteria plays in urinary incontinence, one must understand the way scientists understood bacteria’s habitation in the human urinary system. The urinary tract has long thought to have been a clean and sterile environment where no bacteria can grow. Since urine is constantly being produced and expelled from the system, it was thought, there was not enough time for bacteria to grow therein. Until today, researchers did not have the invasive tools needed to examine the growth of bacteria in the urinary system. As of today, however, the proverbial floodgates have opened and we now know more than ever about what is causing urinary incontinence.

The Cause of Urgency Incontinence May Lie In Bacteria

It was originally thought that urgency incontinence was caused by weak muscles, psychosomatic triggers, and abnormal signaling that prompted the bladder muscles to contract involuntarily. Unfortunately, these factors only seemed to account for about 3/5ths of the cases. That is, not all of the urgency incontinence cases could be explained by these causes.

Scientists and researchers continued to search for the other underlying conditions that made 2/5th of cases respond adversely – or not respond at all – to treatments catered to the above conditions. Researchers at the university of Oregon Health and Science University recently published a study in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, and found that that the bacteria that live in the urinary tract may hold the answers we seek (Source).

Bacteria Discovered In Urinary Tract

Even when clinical cultures come back negative, there still may be a host of biological life (i.e. bacteria) in the urinary tract. These bacteria may be responsible for many of the symptoms individuals with incontinence face. Researcher’s’ goal was to find how the urinary microbe is different between women with urgency urinary incontinence, and women without urgency urinary incontinence.

Healthy Bacteria: Key Differences Between Women With and Women Without Incontinence

They collected urine samples using a transurethral catheter and sequenced the samples with Illumina MiSeq., afterwards, processing them with workflow package QIIME. What that basically means is that the bacteria samples obtained were unadulterated or mismatched with other bacteria that may have come from external tissues. The findings were sound and suggested that there is a community of bacteria that live in the urinary tract! The most surprising finding: women with urgency urinary incontinence had less bacteria than women without urgency urinary incontinence.

This bacteria community creates a “microbial diversity” in women with urgency urinary incontinence. Between women with and women without urinary incontinence, it was discovered that women with actually had 14 less types of bacteria on average. The more severe your urinary symptoms, the less bacteria you are likely to have.

The Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy Bacteria

We need both good and bad bacteria in our bodies. An unhealthy balance of good versus bad bacteria can be what leads to you feeling unhealthy or ill (Source). Bad bacteria can multiply and grow, leading to irritation, inflammation, and infection. Left untreated, bad bacteria can also contribute to a variety of health problems. Probiotics, defined as good bacteria actually help with a variety of bodily functions including digestion and homeostasis. Probiotics also help reduce the occurrence of urinary tract infections, a real concern for individuals afflicted by urinary tract.

Incontinence Underwear For Men and Women

Incontinence briefs and incontinence panties by Wearever are designed to minimize the bacteria that cause unpleasant odors. Bonded waterproof outer layers prevent leakage and spotting, while inner layers wick away moisture from the body while absorbing stray urine. The middle layer, made with Agion™ antimicrobial fibers prevent bad bacteria from multiplying and growing out of control.

Dedicated To Awareness and Further Education

At Wearever we are dedicated to bringing you the most current news relating to urinary incontinence. We wish to give our readers methods in which to better understand their conditions and any new remedies that are on the horizon. Until next time, stay dry!

Tips for Supporting Female Teenage Incontinence

female teenage incontinenceThe teenage years are already full of awkwardness and turmoil for young girls. Unfortunately, when you add incontinence to the mix, this time can become even more challenging. Teenage girls who suffer from incontinence may experience more anxiety and depression than girls who don’t struggle with this condition. In addition, incontinence can also cause embarrassing situations for girls, which may prevent them from wanting to participate in sports or even spend time socializing with peers.  Continue reading

Should I Be Worried About Constant Urination?

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How To Combat The Constant Urge To Urinate

Frequent urination doesn’t have to be indicative of a health problem. For some people, frequent urination is simply be the result of drinking more than necessary. However, in some cases frequent urination can be a symptom of something else. Knowing why you urinate frequently and what to do about it can help you stay healthy and can even improve your quality of life. Continue reading

Fighting Against The Constant Urge to Urinate

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Urge incontinence, also known as overactive bladder (OAB) is the frequent and sudden urge to urinate followed by an involuntary voiding of the bladder. Urge incontinence may occur for a variety of reasons, and people who experience this problem should seek diagnosis and treatment of their condition from a medical professional. Continue reading

Talking With Your Doctor About Incontinence

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Dealing with incontinence is an option. Many men and women suffering from incontinence feel there’s nothing that can be done and often think they just need to live with the condition. That’s rarely the case. The first step is to speak to a doctor about the condition, learn why it is happening, and then learn what can be done about it. Continue reading

Stress Incontinence: What Is It and What Causes It?

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There are various different types and degrees of incontinence, or the unintentional leakage of urine. But the most common type of incontinence in women – and one of the most common types of incontinence overall – is stress incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs when a small amount of urine escapes during an activity that places pressure on the bladder like coughing, sneezing or lifting.  Continue reading

Diabetes and Incontinence: What You Need to Know

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In the United States, it’s estimated that about 95 percent of all people who have diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body either resists insulin, or doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain normal glucose levels in the body. If left untreated, it can be fatal.

There are many side effects that a person living with Type 2 diabetes may experience, such as weight gain, circulatory issues, and a higher risk of developing skin infections. However, one side effect that many people don’t think about when it comes to Type 2 diabetes is urinary incontinence.

Here’s a closer look at how Type 2 diabetes contributes to urinary incontinence, and what can be done to alleviate such symptoms. Continue reading

Link Between Smoking and Incontinence

smoking-and-incontinenceIt’s no secret that smoking is associated with a variety of health issues, such as an increased risk of lung cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. But what many people don’t realize is that smoking impacts other areas of the body aside from the heart and lungs. Yes, smoking can also have an impact on your bladder, as it’s estimated that smokers are three times more likely to experience incontinence, or the involuntary loss of urine, than non-smokers.

Specifically, the most common type of incontinence experienced by smokers is stress incontinence. This article will take a closer look at the link between smoking and urinary incontinence. Continue reading