Female Urinary Incontinence

Female urninary incontinence can effect everything you do.  Coughing, sneezing, laughing, running on the treadmill, all normal everyday acts that become extremely embarrassing when urine gets accidentally released at the same time. When this happens it is medically referred to as urine incontinence. While it is not a serious problem, it is a humiliating one. Female bladder leakage is a problem generally common among older women. We want to explore the subject in greater detail, especially the causes and pursue female urinary incontinence treatments available.

The first thing we need to be clear about is that female urinary incontinence is not a disease and it can be cured. There are several different reasons why women suffer urine stress incontinence. Men can suffer from incontinence as well, but it is far more prevalent in the women than in men.

According to the U.S. National Kidney & Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC), part of the National Institutes of Health, urinary stress incontinence can be caused by diverse reasons. To make it simple, the causes of female urinary incontinence have been classified and grouped under specific headings.

Urine Stress Incontinence
• Actions such as coughing or sneezing puts pressure on the bladder cause urine to leak out
• Physical changes caused by menopause, pregnancy and childbirth

Urge Incontinence
• A strong urge to urinate for no apparent reason even when the bladder is holding only a little liquid
• For some women, urine leaks out without warning; for others it happens soon after drinking even a small amount of liquid; for still others, incontinence happens when they hear water running or touch water

Functional Incontinence
This type of incontinence is the result of certain physical and medical conditions. For example an Alzheimer patient may not be able to plan timely trips to the bathroom. Generally people with medical or physical problems that interfere with their thinking and movement have this problem

Overflow Incontinence
Weak bladder muscles, blocked urethra, nerve damage, tumors and other medical conditions prevent the bladder from emptying out properly. In such cases overflow incontinence results, but is rare in women.

Overactive Bladder Incontinence
This is a case of abnormal nerve signal being sent to the bladder. Sudden urges to urinate immediately or several times a day, sudden gushing or leaking and waking frequently at night are all symptoms of this type of incontinence.

Treatments for female urinary incontinence vary with patient specific conditions. Basically treatment will depend on the type of incontinence you have, which will need to be diagnosed first. Treatments include bladder training, exercises, medication or the insertion of an instrument (pessary) into the vagina to support the uterus. Sometimes a combination of treatments may be used again depending on the type of incontinence.

Finally, in cases where the above treatments have not been successful, surgery for female urinary incontinence may be an option.  A bladder suspension surgery which may involved the use of a vaginal mesh patch has proven effective in many cases in eliminating the problem.  However, recent concerns have arisen over cases of defective bladder mesh and bladder mesh surgery complications.

Lifestyle Changes To Prevent Female Urinary Incontinence

Can you do anything to help the situation? You can try the following simple lifestyle changes to help you control incontinence problems:

• Cut back on the coffee, tea, sodas, fizzy drinks and alcohol
• Avoid constipation that puts a strain on the bladder by increasing your intake of fiber rich foods
• Quit smoking
• Reduce weight if overweight
• Clear a path to the bathroom and go at regular intervals
• Perform simple pelvic muscles strengthening floor exercises

Millions of women across the globe experience urinary stress incontinence, but remember it can be treated. Rather than becoming ashamed and trying to hide the problem, seek treatment for female urinary incontinence and regain control of your life.  If you opt for bladder mesh surgery make sure you look into current problems with some manufacturers of bladder mesh as defective bladder mesh has given rise to some cases of bladder sling surgery complications and a host of bladder mesh lawsuits.  If you require female urinary incontinence treatment, make sure you speak with your doctor about these issues.