What is urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a disorder characterized by involuntary loss of urine in small losses that occur from time to time.
Among the different incontinences, the most common one is stress incontinence which is caused by a weak sphincter or pelvic muscle of the urethra.
It occurs when pressure is exerted on the abdomen. For example, by laughing, sneezing, coughing, exercising, performing the sex act, etc. In these situations the sphincter is unable to control urine bladder and involuntary loss occurs.
Whom does urinary incontinence affect?
Incontinence is a disorder that can affect both men and women, although it is more common in the latter, since it is considered that one in ten women has incontinence.
It affects 20% of women over 75 years of age and, occasionally, up to 50% of all women.
It is a very common type of incontinence in women with multiple pregnancies and births and among men who have undergone prostate surgery. It does not happen when lying down.
In addition to some physical problems, it has many personal consequences that can alter the psyche or the social relations of the person who has it.
Symptoms of urinary incontinence
The main symptoms of urinary incontinence are:
- Inability to control urination
- Involuntary loss of urine
- Urinating under the less effort: when laughing, sneezing, coughing, dancing, or lifting, running, when doing sport, etc.
Consequences of urinary incontinence
- Psychological: Feeling of personal shame, anxiety, depression, sensation of lack of affection, lack of sexual desire, etc.
- Social: isolation, lack of desire for social relations, loss of jobs.
Causes of urinary incontinence
Menopause is one of the main causes of incontinence in women. Problems in the prostate can produce incontinence in men. Obesity affects some as well as others.
The main causes of urinary incontinence are:
- Multiple births or multiple pregnancies.
- Prolapse of pelvis.
- Surgery of prostate in men or pelvis in women.
- Certain medicines that relax muscles.
- Multiple Sclerosis
Diagnostics and treatment of urinary incontinence
Before the appearance of symptoms that can indicate urinary incontinence, a visit to the specialist is recommended.
Your doctor will diagnose the possible existence of this disorder and the suitable treatment (Medecines to relax the bladder or to affirm the sphincters, electrodes inserted into the vagina to stimulate the pelvic muscles, surgery, etc.)
Is there a natural treatment for urinary incontinence?
The natural treatment of urinary incontinence implies using some natural remedies to prevent or treat it
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