When we are kids, we learn to control our bladders. Not only did it help with embarrassing situations, but it meant we didn’t need to wear diapers anymore. So, when we develop urinary incontinence as an adult, it can become a problem. An estimated 25 million people, 80% which are women, suffer from urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence, also known as bladder incontinence, is the loss of bladder control. In some cases, individuals suffer from a total loss of bladder contents or it may just cause minor leakage. While this issue is completely natural, it’s more than just medical problem; it can affect your emotional, psychological and social life as well.
There are many people who think urinary incontinence comes with age, but it is actually a symptom that can be caused by many conditions, and they differ between men and women. Urinary incontinence is separated into three different types, and some may experience a mix of the types or all three. Here is a quick breakdown:
Stress incontinence. This type of incontinence occurs when you apply pressure on your bladder by exercising, laughing, sneezing, coughing or lifting something heavy. The activity causes the sphincter to weaken and release urine.
Urge incontinence. Urge incontinence occurs when you feel the sudden, intense urge or need to urinate. Often times, after feeling the urge to go you won’t have time between the urge and the loss of urine to make it to the restroom.
Overflow incontinence. This type occurs when you experience frequent dribbling or urine, due to the fact that your bladder doesn’t empty completely.
If you would like more information on urinary incontinence, contact Dr. Gordon C. Gunn MD at 714-912-2211 or visit www.gordongunnmd.com to schedule an appointment today.
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