Urinary incontinence: a condition that could be prevented Urinary incontinence: a condition that could be prevented

This condition can lead to damage to the muscles of the bladder.

When you feel the need to go to the bathroom, do not hesitate. Do not try to think that you can hold on for another five, ten or fifteen minutes. Not going to the bathroom regularly can lead to, for example, vaginal infections that -over the years- can turn into urinary incontinence.

Urinary incontinence occurs when an individual loses control of their bladder and urine cannot be stopped from leaking out of the urethra, a condition that can disappear or become worse over time. According to the National Institute on Aging, its main causes are: vaginal infections or irritation, constipation and medications that can cause bladder control problems. See also, Prevent stress incontinence.

Urinary incontinence can be a long-term condition if the muscles of the bladder are weakened, if there is cancer present, and if there is damage to the nerves that control the bladder from diseases like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or arthritis, which can all make it difficult to make it to the bathroom on time.

Urinary incontinence is generally associated with occurring in adult women; however, it can also affect young women, and men in general, due to urinary tract obstructions caused by an enlarged prostate.

According to the webpage MedlinePlus, there are three types of urinary incontinence:

  • Stress urinary incontinence: occurs when patients sneeze, do exercise or laugh.
  • Urgency urinary incontinence: the webpage indicates that this is a sudden and urgent need to urinate, the bladder then contracts and urine leaks out. It happens when you do not have enough time to reach the bathroom after feeling the need to urinate.
  • Overflow urinary incontinence: occurs when the bladder does not completely empty itself.

 

When should a doctor be seen?
If the urine is cloudy, if there is blood in the urine, if there is an urgent or frequent need to urinate, or if there is pain, fever or difficulty to begin urinating.