Urinary Incontinence is not a Disease

Contrary to popular belief, urinary incontinence is not a disease, but rather a symptom of a bladder disease.  In some cases, the symptom is the result of preexisting medical conditions that had not previously surfaced.  In others, daily habits cause the problem.  Sometimes it is brought on by physical activity.  Even seemingly minor indications that you may have a problem with your urinary tract can lead to major complications, so you should always take note of them.  Below you will learn the signs of which you should be aware, along with when you should take precautions.

Temporary causes of urinary incontinence

  • The most common cause of urinary incontinence is alcohol.  Alcohol has a diuretic factor that loosens and stimulates the bladder.  This causes frequent urination.Jasmine Supplement_Strength 24_Urinary Incontinence
  • Drinking even non-alcoholic liquids in excess over a short time can fill the bladder, causing a need to urinate.
  • The bladder can also be loosened by caffeine, a common stimulant.
  • A variety of other common irritants include tea, carbonated drinks, artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, and food and beverages with high quantities of sugar and spices.

Medical causes of urinary incontinence

Several types of medication, especially relaxants and sedatives, also have the effect of loosening the bladder.  Heart medications are some of the worst for this condition and almost always lead to urinary incontinence.  Blood pressure medication often does the same.

In the case of a urinary tract infection, individuals experience a burning sensation during urination, usually accompanied by an especially foul odor.  This is often the result of constipation.  While the two problems may seem unrelated, constipation is often the result of the hardening of stool.  Because the rectum shares several nerves with the bladder, the hard stool causes compaction, which causes the nerves to overreact.  Frequent urination is a common result.

Causes of persistent incontinence

Here are several of the most common causes of urinary incontinence. Some of these are often temporary, while other causes may be more long-term.

  • Pregnancy – Several hormonal changes take place in a woman’s body during pregnancy.  One result is that the uterus becomes heavier.  Very often this results in frequent urination.
  • Childbirth – Stress on the vagina weakens the muscles that control the bladder.  This can also result in nerve damage.  Consequently, the uterus, bladder, and small bowel get pushed toward the vagina.
  • Aging – Among the several changes that result from aging is that the bladder’s capacity for urine declines.  To compensate, the body’s systems overreact.  These problems can be exacerbated by diseases related to the blood vessels.  Many people have seen positive results by quitting smoking, following appropriate treatment for blood related issues, and maintain normal, healthy weight.
  • Menopause – During menopause a woman’s body produces less estrogen which can result in a hormone imbalance.  Estrogen contributes to uterine health and the lining of the bladder.  As estrogen levels decrease, the tissues deteriorate.  Bladder incontinence is commonly a result.
  • Hysterectomy – The muscles that support the pelvic floors are damaged in surgeries that involve the removal of the uterus.  This damage normally results in incontinence.
  • Interstitial cystitis – This chronic condition is a rarer cause of incontinence, though it can cause pain during urination.
  • Prostatitis – The inflammation of the prostate is a very common cause of the problem.

Other causes of urinary incontinence could include:

  • Enlargement of the prostate
  • Prostate cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Neurological disorders
  • Obstruction

If you experience one or more of these conditions, consult with your doctor for more information about your particular condition to find out what solutions he can offer you.  Although medications can help with this condition, it is always important that you treat the cause of the problem as opposed to just the symptom itself.

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