URINARY INCONTINENCE refers to a medical problem in which people have trouble stopping the flow of urine from the bladder. Incontinence affects both sexes and all ages but is most common in women and older people.
TYPES OF URINARY INCONTINENCE
Stress incontinence occurs during certain activities like coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising.
Urge incontinence is when a person don’t have enough time between when you recognize the need to urinate and when you actually do urinate.
Overflow incontinence occurs when the bladder cannot empty completely, which leads to dribbling.
TREATMENTS FOR URINARY INCONTINENCE
People with uncontrollable bladder problem can now be treated by behavioral, medical, and surgical treatment options. Behavioral therapy is usually the safest choice because it’s non-invasive and have no side effects. Surgery is usually the last resort when the problem doesn’t improve with behavioral as well as the different medical therapies available.
MANAGING THE CONDITION
If incontinence cannot be altogether cured, it should at least be controlled as this condition can worsen.
Exercise – Kegel exercise strengthens the floor pelvic muscles which play a significant role in controlling the bladder.
Bladder retraining – This involves urinating on a schedule, whether you feel a need to go or not.
Weight – If overweight, one should try to reach a healthier weight by exercising and eating the right amount of food.
Food – The following should be avoided: alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks, chocolate, citrus fruits, and acidic fruits and juices.
Fluid – 6-8 cups of fluid is more than enough for a day. More is needed though when exercising, sweating a lot, or the weather is hot.