Ways to Deal with Urinary Incontinence
Reports suggest that at least 25 million people in the United States are affected by urinary incontinence. Out of the affected population, it is estimated that 75-80% are women. This is according to The National Association for Continence (NAFC) who also reports that one out of every four adult women aged 18 and above experience leakage of urine.
Looking at the statistics, it is evident that the condition affects a larger section of the female population as compared to the male counterparts. Treatment of urinary incontinence depends on the severity and the underlying cause of your situation.
While there are several types of urinary incontinence, two conditions that are most prevalent are stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs when you experience leakage of urine after you cough or laugh or any other activity that exerts pressure on the bladder. On the other hand, urge incontinence occurs when you feel the urge to urinate and urine just flows uncontrollably.
Below is a look at some ways to deal with urinary incontinence:
Given that urinary incontinence is embarrassing and uncomfortable, it could hinder you from carrying out your daily activities. This is perhaps one reason why the people who are affected prefer medical treatment as a quick solution. Urge incontinence can be treated by a class of drugs called alpha blockers which relax the bladder. Anticholinergic drugs also function to calm a bladder that is overactive. Some other medicines that help deal with the problem include topical estrogen which is a vaginal cream.
Behavioral management techniques
One of the apparent behavioral techniques that the doctor will recommend for you is to cut down on fluid intake, especially alcohol and other acidic products that may cause irritation to your bladder. Additionally, you may have to consciously undertake bladder training where you delay urinating a bit after getting the urge to go the toilet.
Though less efficient, therapies can go a long way in helping treat urinary incontinence. A nerve simulator could be used to deliver mild shocks to the nerves that are involved in bladder control. Another interventional therapy that could be used includes injecting Botox into the area around the bladder muscles. These treatments need to be regularly repeated for them to be successful.
Surgery is often the last resort if other techniques have failed to yield desirable results. Being an invasive technique, it is bound to be expensive and takes time to heal. It may also be inappropriate for some people due to their health conditions. However, it often revolves around strengthening the bladder muscles.
Usually, the doctor will suggest treatments starting with the easier, less invasive techniques and then progresses on to the more sophisticated techniques. For the cases where medical treatment fails to stop urinary incontinence, absorbent pads and catheters may be used. Such products will go a long way in easing discomfort and the associated inconveniences of leaking urine.