Bladder leakage. Odds are, you may experience it. But do you know why it happens, or how to treat it?
Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. When suffering from incontinence, bladder leakage severity can range from occasionally leaking urine when coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising, to getting such strong and sudden urges that you are not able to make it to the bathroom in time.
While incontinence is quite common, it is certainly not normal, nor is it something you have to live with. Not to mention, it is expensive to manage and can have a big impact on one’s everyday life.
Are you suffering from incontinence, and not sure how to find relief? Here are 5 things you should know about bladder leakage that will help you take action and get control back.
1. You’re not alone, incontinence is common.
While it can feel quite lonely and isolating, incontinence is very common. Although men do suffer from incontinence, it affects twice as many women as men. This is due to reproductive health events unique to women such as pregnancy, childbirth and menopause that affect the bladder and muscles that support it.
Contrary to popular speculations, urinary incontinence can happen to women at any age, but is more common in older women. Almost 20% of women ages 49-50 struggle with bladder problems, and more than 4 in 10 women ages 65 and older have urinary incontinence.
Bladder problems in women are caused by a wide variety of things. From causes to leakage, incontinence affects everyone differently. And although this condition is common, incontinence is not normal, nor something you should live with. There are treatment options available for all levels of severity.
2. There are three categories of incontinence causes.
Incontinence is a symptom of everyday habits, underlying medical conditions or physical problems. Women may be experiencing incontinence due to temporary medical problems, or could be experiencing it as a chronic condition. There are three main categories of incontinence:
- Temporary Causes – This category includes things like medications, too much caffeine or muscle relaxants that may be causing bladder leakage.
- Medical Conditions – In this case, bladder leakage is caused by medical problems such as urinary tract infections or constipation.
- Persistent Incontinence – Persistent incontinence causes include major changes to one’s body like pregnancy, aging or a hysterectomy.
3. Incontinence can impact your life.
Incontinence can negatively affect your social life, work life and wallet. In fact, the average woman with incontinence spends $900 a year buying products to help deal with it.
Dealing with incontinence can create difficulties maintaining relationships. 60% of women who suffer from incontinence have reported that they avoid even leaving their own home. 20% of women have reported quitting physical activities due to bladder leakage.
Incontinence can also have a huge impact on sleep. Studies found that between 20-44% of women of reproductive age, and 75% of women over 70 years old experience at least one void per night. These nighttime voids and bathroom trips reduce sleep, and a loss of sleep can lead to a loss of mental clarity. Luckily, incontinence is treatable and not something you have to live with for the rest of your life. You can take action and get control of your bladder, and life, back.
4. Incontinence is NOT normal.
Bladder leakage is not normal. It’s not normal in younger women and it is not a normal part of aging. It can be treated, you don’t have to live with incontinence for the rest of your life. There are a variety of exercises and treatments to address different types of incontinence and bladder leakage. You DON’T have to miss out on laughing, jumping, exercising, traveling or working because of incontinence.
5. Treatment options are available.
Your personal treatment plan will depend on the type of incontinence you are experiencing. It’s important to talk with your doctor about the number of different options available to treat bladder leakage and find which one works best with your body. Treatment options include, but aren’t limited to:
- Behavior techniques such as bladder training, scheduling bathroom trips and diet management
- Pelvic floor exercises such as Kegels
- Medical devices, such as a pessary
- Surgery, including non-mesh insert options
Get back to life without worry where the bathroom is located or what color pants you will wear today. Laugh without fear!
If your urinary incontinence is frequent or becoming more frequent, it’s important to find a time to speak with a doctor. Don’t let incontinence restrict your activities or lower the quality of your life. It’s good to get help sooner rather than later, in some cases, incontinence can be a sign of an underlying condition.
The Kaldas Center is here to help you take control
Whether it’s a pessary or a non-invasive approach or a 20-minute non-mesh surgical option, the Kaldas Center is here to help you find the right treatment. Learn about all of your options and work with our team to decide which one will work best for you. It’s time to get your life back, call the Kaldas Center at 920-886-2299.