Urinary incontinence affects millions of people every year. This ailment is often the source of stress, embarrassment, and can greatly restrict a person’s sense of freedom. Although this condition affects both men and women, it is more likely to occur in women who are past their childbearing years.
Stress incontinence is very common and it can affect a person at any time.People that have this condition usually leak urine, accidentally soil themselves, and have an increased urge to go to the bathroom when force is exerted upon the bladder. This force can occur from coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising, or lifting. A normal person feels the urge to urinate and is able to control that urge, without any leakage until they can make it to the bathroom. A person with an overactive bladder will feel a sudden and strong urge to go to the bathroom all throughout the day. As their bladder becomes full, more pressure is exerted on their weakened sphincter and pelvic muscles. This increase in pressure causes the bladder to leak and is often the source of accidents.
Risks and Treatment
If left untreated, an overactive bladder can be a great source of discomfort. Constant leaking and accidents can lead to the development of rashes, urinary tract infections, depression, changes in normal patterns of behavior, and feelings of anxiety. Over time, these changes will greatly affect one’s personal and social lives. Incontinence can be managed with Kegel exercises, dietary changes, medications, and surgery. By eliminating caffeine from the diet and activities that stress or add weight to the abdominal area, it is possible to regain some control of the bladder. Even though many people find relief with a combination of treatments, surgery is the fastest and most effective way to manage this condition. Even though there are sanitary devices and clothing available to help a person deal with this condition, it is best to speak with a specialist at Dr. David Ghozland for an immediate and long-term solution.