Urinary incontinence occurs when urine is released form the bladder unintentionally. It can happen during a cough, sneeze or even during physically strenuous activities. Urinary incontinence usually does not mean that you have a health problem, but it can cause embarrassment.
Urinary incontinence is usually divided into three different types, the first type is urinary incontinence caused by stress and the second form is called urge incontinence.
Urinary Incontinence Types
- Stress Urinary Incontinence – happens when performing activities that put “stress” on your bladder, this can be from laughing, sneezing, or physical activities. This type of urinary incontinence is the more common of the two.
- Urge Incontinence – A feeling of the need to urinate, but not being able to make it to the restroom in time. Urge incontinence can happen even if the bladder is not full, sometimes hearing, drinking, or touching water can trigger it.
- Mixed Incontinence – A combination of elements of stress incontinence and Urge incontinence
Urinary Incontinence Causes
- Weak Urinary Tract Muscles
- Damage to Urinary Tract muscles and/or nerves
- Conditons that have caused stretch the pelvic floor
Urinary Incontinence Treatments
Most urinary tract problems can be cured by strengthening muscles around the bladder, but in some instances surgery may be required. As always you should consult your physician to custom tailor a treatment plan that will allow you to get back to doing the things you love.