Losing balance and falling down is one the most common accidents that happens to elders. About one-third of people over age 65 fall each year. Although most people are not injured when they fall, the more falls an individual has, the greater the chance of injury, such as a broken hip bone. While anyone can fall, there are certain health conditions that place elders at high risk of falling. For instance, elders who have walking difficulties and/or impaired balance are at greater risk. Another important condition, one that is rarely talked about, is urinary incontinence (or loss of bladder control). Elders with urinary incontinence (UI) are three times more likely to fall than elders without urinary problems. And, roughly 30 to 50 percent of elders suffer from UI. Continue reading
UPDATED November 18, 2013
Urinary Incontinence is the term used when an individual is unable to control one’s bladder. However, urinary incontinence can occur in several forms. There are three primary types of urinary incontinence: stress incontinence, urge incontinence, and overflow incontinence. Below we discuss each type of incontinence in detail.
Stress Incontinence: Stress incontinence is the most common type of incontinence experienced by women. It is caused by weakened pelvic muscles, which are unable to properly hold in urine. Pelvic weakness can be caused by a variety of different occurrences including: childbirth, pelvic surgery, injury to the urethra, and certain medications. Stress incontinence is also a common side effect experienced by women during menopause. Certain actions such as sneezing, exercising, laughing, or coughing can put pressure on the walls of the bladder, ultimately causing it to leak. As many women get older, pelvic muscles naturally weaken, enhancing the probability of stress incontinence. Incontinence panties are a stylish and comfortable solution for women coping with stress incontinence. Continue reading
Incontinence is an umbrella term used to describe the involuntary leakage of urine in both men and women. Individuals looking to research and discover information on urge incontinence may become overwhelmed and frustrated at the general information that is available. While the information may generally address adult incontinence, it doesn’t specifically address urge incontinence.
The following will look at what urge incontinence is, what the cause of it may be, and what solutions are available for individuals who may suffer from this type of incontinence. Continue reading
Accidental urinary leakage often happens to many individuals as they age. The development of this adult incontinence is not a result of drinking too much during the day, forgetting to go to the bathroom before bed, or by any wrong-doing of the individual. Instead, it is often a chronic symptom of an underlying medical condition.
While it might feel as if you are alone in suffering this nighttime condition, the truth is two percent of adults under the age of 45 suffer from it, and a total of 77 percent of adults over the age of 60 develop accidental nighttime urinary leakage. The following will take a closer look at nocturnal enuresis, or nighttime incontinence, and help you realize that you are not suffering this condition alone. Continue reading
“Could I really be incontinent?” It may seem like an embarrassing question, but the truth is, bladder control or overactive bladder issues affect a large portion of people today, and the majority of them are women. “Aren’t I too young to be incontinent?” Well, probably not. While incontinence is most common among women over 60, it is estimated that 15% to 25% of women under 60 are dealing with urinary incontinence too. Continue reading
What is Incontinence? Urinary Incontinence, or UI, is the accidental leakage of urine. Whether caused by a sneeze or giggle, pregnancy or the inability to “hold it”, UI is more common than you might think. Over 18 million Americans – men and women, young and old – are affected by UI (it is often mistakenly thought that UI only affects the elderly). 85% of sufferers are women. In fact, research shows that one in four women over the age of 18 experience at least occasional episodes of urine leakage. In other words – you are not alone.
There are various levels of urinary incontinence. Wearever carries an assortment of incontinence underwear products that will work best for you given your level of incontinence. Each Wearever™ garment features a triple layer pad consisting of odor eliminating antimicrobial fibers for high absorbency and protection from wetness. All products have a stylish “normal underwear” appearance and feel. Continue reading
Don’t Let Overactive Bladder Worry You
Many of us can expect our bodies to experience physical changes as we grow older; one of those changes is having an overactive bladder. There’s no need for adults or their caregivers to be uncomfortable about this information. In fact, one in six adults has it.
What is Overactive Bladder?
Overactive bladder is also referred to as incontinence. By definition, an overactive bladder can cause an immediate feeling of “having to go.” In a person having OAB, the urethra and the detrusor muscle can be unstable or mildly uncoordinated. Continue reading
What is Urinary Incontinence?
In the simplest definition, incontinence signifies the bladder’s inability to store urine without leaking. People can have wetting accidents regardless of the amount of urine in the bladder.
How is Incontinence Diagnosed?
Incontinence is typically analyzed by urologists. In many cases, a urinalysis is given to ensure there’s no blood or abnormal cell growth. Such things can be indicative of infection.
Biofeedback (also called Urodynamics) can help determine the bladder’s strength and voiding control in men and women. Small tubes containing electrodes are placed into the urethra and water slowly enters the bladder. Measurements are monitored to determine severity.
Doctors might recommend a cystoscopy to examine the bladder internally. A cystoscope is a long tube with a lighted camera at the inserted end. Water may be inserted into the urethra so the doctor can have a clearer image of the ultrasound.