Incontinence, if you’re reading this blog, is probably something you are far too familiar with.
Incontinence is when someone involuntarily urinates, also often known as bladder leakage. It can happen when you laugh, sneeze, jump or even wait too long to use the bathroom. Although it can affect a wide range of ages.
Contrary to some beliefs, bladder leakage is NOT normal! Nor is it something you have to live with. There is a plethora of ways to treat incontinence and take your life back.
Finding yourself in more and more bladder situations as you age? Read on to learn more about aging and incontinence, and what can be done to treat it.
Bladder Problems in Women: The What and Why
Women experiencing bladder problems, such as incontinence, is not uncommon. In fact, 20% of women ages 40-59 struggle with bladder leakage. From aging to genetic factors, bladder problems can be caused by a variety of things.
Unfortunately, when these symptoms are ignored, urinary incontinence can lead to a negative quality of life. These bladder problems create difficulties in maintaining work and personal relationships. In fact, 60% of women avoid even leaving their own home because of incontinence.
Whether it’s stopping you from taking the trip of your lifetime or holding you back from enjoying simple everyday tasks like exercise or pampering yourself with a pedicure, incontinence makes it almost impossible to enjoy life’s best moments. It can also have a negative impact on one’s sleep, sex life and employment.
But do not feel discouraged. There are a variety of treatment options available to help suffering women get back the life they love. No woman should have to worry about whether or not she’ll leak on a daily basis. It’s important to get educated on the topic and learn how you can take control of your bladder.
What causes incontinence?
Incontinence is not a disease. It is a symptom of everyday habits, underlying medical conditions or physical problems.
There are three categories of incontinence causes:
- Temporary causes like medications, too much caffeine, or muscle relaxants
- Medical condition causes such as urinary tract infections or constipation, constipation, or hormonal changes
- Persistent incontinence such as pregnancy, aging or hysterectomies
These three buckets are just a few of the many ways incontinence can rear its head. Bladder leakage can be caused by other things, even as simple as weight gain or stress, to name a few.
Take Control of Your Bladder Leakage
We can’t stress this enough: Bladder leakage is not normal! As mentioned above, incontinence can impact your social life, work-life and wallet. The average woman with incontinence spends $900 per year dealing with the condition.
It is not something you have to live with for the rest of your life, nor should it be something to fear as you age. There are ways to treat it and take control. It is never too late to get help.
Incontinence Treatment Options
Start looking for treatment options today. It’s important to talk with your doctor about the number of options you have to treat bladder leakage and find the one that works best for your body.
Treatment options include simple everyday exercises like behavioral techniques (bladder training, scheduled bathroom trips and diet management) or pelvic floor exercises, to more complex options like medical devices (pessary) or surgery. A pessary is a medical device that is designed to support a woman’s pelvic floor. It is inserted into the vagina and applies pressure against the inner vaginal wall while also applying pressure to the urethra. A pessary is a solution to help prevent unwanted urinary leakage. Most incontinence surgeries insert a sling that acts as a hammock, and lifts and supports your urethra and the neck of your bladder to help prevent leaks. Here at the Kaldas Center, we have non-mesh surgical options.
Get the help you deserve and schedule an appointment with a doctor.
If you are experiencing frequent urinary leakage, it’s time to speak with a doctor. Don’t let your incontinence restrict activities or lower your quality of life. There are ways to beat bladder leakage, even as you age. In some cases, incontinence is a sign of an underlying condition, so speaking with a medical professional will be beneficial for your future health.
The Kaldas Center is here to help you take control
Not sure where to start? Getting in contact with the Kaldas Center is a good place to begin. Whether it’s a pessary, pelvic floor exercises or non-mesh insertion surgery, the Kaldas Center is here to help you find the treatment that works best for you. Get your life back today and call the Kaldas Center at 920-886-2299 to learn all of your treatment options.