Suffering from incontinence or accidental bladder leakage means learning to cope with embarrassing accidents that can happen at any time or place. Although both conditions can interfere dramatically with your quality of life, incontinence is a symptom of a more serious health issue. People who are incontinent have no bladder control for reasons usually involving muscle, organ or nerve diseases that affect bladder and urethra functioning.
A common consequence of aging, incontinence frequently becomes a problem when Alzheimer’s or another dementia disorder impairs the cognitive ability of a person to sense the urge to use the bathroom. Consequently, they do not realize the bladder is full and they unknowingly relieve themselves when it is necessary.
Neurological disorders such as strokes, multiple sclerosis, traumas to the spine and advanced Parkinson’s disease can interfere with the transmission of nerve signals governing bladder control. When nerves and muscles responsible for releasing and holding in urine fail to receive communication from cells comprising the bladder and its associated components, these nerves and muscles essentially remain oblivious to the increasing desperation of a full bladder.
Unfortunately, age-related and most neurological-caused incontinence cannot be reversed by medications or surgeries. However, managing an incontinent condition in a dignified and sanitary way is easily achievable by wearing high-quality underwear made with superior materials that offer worry-free protection 24 hours a day.
When your bladder is partially full and something puts pressure on the muscles surrounding the bladder, such as when you laugh, sneeze forcefully or cough repeatedly, the resulting pressure may be too much for the bladder to resist. Leaking small amounts of urine occasionally differs from incontinence because people who have stress incontinence can control their urine flow — just not all the time. When muscles supporting the bladder are weakened due to extraneous circumstances that can be permanent (hysterectomy or prostate disease) or temporary (pregnancy or weight gain), the bladder may slip down enough to reach the pelvic bottom where enough unnatural pressure exists to cause stress incontinence. By preventing muscles that close the urethra from squeezing together to inhibit urine flow, a stress incontinence condition will allow urine to “dribble” out during times of physical stress.
Risk factors that may promote your chance of suffering stress incontinence include:
- Being female
- Being overweight
- History of at least two vaginal deliveries
- Pelvic surgeries
- Smoking or allergies (when chronic coughing exacerbates existing conditions favorable for causing stress incontinence)
- Diabetes or kidney disease
Diagnosing Stress Incontinence
Physicians implement several tests to affirm a condition of stress incontinence. One of them is a simple stress test, which requires the patient to cough while the doctor observes any signs of urine loss. Urinalysis and blood tests are also performed to rule out urinary stones and kidney or bladder infections that often produce symptoms of stress incontinence. A new technology called urodynamics is also available that contrasts the measurement of urine flow with pressure in and on the bladder when an accident occurs.
Treatment for Stress Incontinence
For some, performing exercises, relying on bladder implants, taking medications or undergoing electrostimulation solves a stress incontinence problem. For others, behavioral changes such as drinking less, going to the bathroom more than usual, avoiding caffeinated products (caffeine acts like a diuretic) and losing weight can improve stress incontinence.
Individuals suffering from age-related incontinence or stress incontinence want dependable, comfortable and attractive undergarments that allow them to experience life to its fullest without worrying about embarrassing accidents. Wearever Incontinence products provide convenient, reusable briefs for men and panties for women that incorporate odor-eliminating, fully absorbent pads to conceal an incontinence condition throughout the day and night.