What is urge incontinency?
Urge incontinence is a disorder characterized by an involuntary loss of urine in which there are large losses of urine before “reaching the bathroom.” Sometimes it happens without warning.
Within the different types of incontinence, it constitutes the second type of more habitual incontinence.
It can happen when lying down.
It is also known as unstable or spastic bladder.
Why does urge incontinence occur?
It occurs as a result of bladder contractions produced unintentionally as a result of nervous system lesions in the nerves of the gallbladder, or muscle.
Symptoms of urge incontinency
Urge incontinence can be a side effect of menopause
The main symptoms are:
- Inability to control urination
- Very large and involuntary losses of urine, during day and night
- Feeling of heaviness in the abdomen
- Urinating when touching the water, hearing the shower
Consequences of urge incontinency
- Psychological: Feeling of personal shame, anxiety, depression, feelings of lack of affection, lack of sexual desire, etc.
- Social: isolation, lack of desire for social relationships, job loss.
Causes of urge incontinency
- Bladder infections.
- Multiple Sclerosis.
- Parkinson’s disease
- Bladder cancer
- Injury to the spinal cord.
Diagnostics and treatment of urge incontinency
Dancing can relieve tension and strengthen pelvic muscles. So, light dancing is good to prevent urge incontinence
Before the onset of symptoms that may indicate a urinary incontinence, we recommend a visit to the specialist who will diagnose the possible existence of this disorder and the most appropriate treatment to follow.
Ordinary treatment is based on drugs used to relax the bladder or firm the sphincter, antibiotics in case of an infection, surgery, etc.
How to prevent urge incontinency?
Among the tips for preventing or improving urinary urge incontinence we have:
- Exercises to strengthen the perineal muscles (Kegel exercises,) : strengthening the pelvic floor muscles (muscles that are between the anus and vagina in women and between the anus and scrotum in men) is a way to prevent or manage incontinence.
This will be done by performing a series of exercises, called Kegel exercises, which are particularly interesting to strengthen the muscles above after pregnancy or in men after prostate surgery.
In essence, it consists in learning to recognize the muscles of the pelvis and strengthen them by means of repetitive and controlled contractions. Information from the therapist is necessary to perform these exercises properly. These exercises, usually done for a month or month and a half, help to improve the problem in 70% of cases. In general the method to follow is:
- Empty the urinary bladder completely.
- Tighten the pelvic floor muscles (as if we would stop urination and defecation).
- Count to 10. Relax the muscles and retell 10. Perform this process for 10 times.
- Repeat process 3 times each day.
- Other ways to strengthen the muscles: There are a number of therapy sessions lasting 20 minutes, based on electrodes that are inserted into the vagina in women and anus in men and sending a current that stimulates the muscles of pelvic floor. Another type of more modern and more “comfortable” therapy consists of a chair that provides current to the muscles while the patient sits on it.
- Strengthen the abdominal muscles:
- Use of cones: A series of cones of different weights (on sale in pharmacies) which are inserted into the vagina and must be kept there for a quarter of an hour squeezing the muscles. This type of exercise is performed three times each day and cones placed are progressively bigger.
- Performing gentle exercises regularly: light physical activity can help relieve stress and improve the problem. Particularly interesting are the exercises from “Belly dance.”
This dance, which was invented to facilitate the expulsion of the fetus in pregnant women, does not only provide a great control of the body and mind but, given the type of moves that are enhanced in it, it also develops the muscles of the pelvis and vagina, thereby achieving a better control of vaginal and urinal muscles.
This dance can help menopausal women to address urinary incontinence and improve their sexual relationships. It is an alternative to the Kegel exercises.
- Avoid the excessive ingestion of liquids : This does not imply that you should not drink the necessary fluids, which would be worse since you will dehydrate yourself.
It is better for you to drink in the morning and to take into account those foods that are very diuretic early in the morning, in order to stimulate kidney function producing a large quantity of urine during the first part of the day.
Do not drink too much o do not eat too much diuretic food before going to bed.
- Use sanitary towels or pantiliners: Although they do not improve the problem they can serve as temporary aid for those people who cannot control incontinence with the previous methods.
- Exercises to train the urinary bladder: It consists of trying to prolong the time of evacuation progressively, so that, after a period of time, one is able to alleviate the problem when being able not to go to the toilet so frequently.
Natural treatment of urge incontinence
The natural treatment of urge incontinence is based on applying the following natural remedies:
- Medicinal plant to prevent or treat incontinence
- Vitamins, minerals and other supplements for incontinence
More information on incontinence and their natural treatment.