What is urge incontinence?
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 overactive bladder 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 incontinence
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 incontinence
- 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 incontinence
- Bladder infections.
- Multiple Sclerosis.
- Parkinson’s disease
- Bladder cancer
- Injury to the spinal cord.
Diagnostics and treatment of 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 incontinence?
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 (more information)
- Avoid the excessive intake 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.
More information on incontinence.
27 July, 2020