Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine, meaning a person urinates when he/she is not aware of. Control over the urinary sphincter, a muscle that locks up the urinary bladder is either lost or weakened. The severity can range from an occasional leakage of urine when you cough or sneeze to a strong overflow. It is a much more common problem than most of us realize and is more common among women than in men.
The main symptom is the unintentional release of urine. When and how this happens depends on the type of urinary incontinence.
- Stress incontinence
- Urge incontinence
- Overflow incontinence
- Functional incontinence
- Gross total incontinence
Treatment for urinary incontinence again depends upon the type of incontinence, age and general physical and mental health. Pelvic floor or kegel exercises that help strengthen the urinary sphincter and pelvic floor and bladder training is used to control urination. Homeopathy can successfully treat bladder control problems effectively without any harmful side effects. They strengthen the detrusor muscles of the urinary bladder.
Incontinence, when left untreated and inadequately managed, can lead to rashes and other skin disorders. If overflow incontinence is not treated, it can lead tourinary tract infection. If severe enough, urinary retention can be a medical emergency.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes sudden urinary incontinence?
But more often, incontinence is a side effect of treatments for prostate cancer. Obstruction. A tumor anywhere along your urinary tract can block the normal flow of urine, leading to overflow incontinence. Urinary stones — hard, stone-like masses that form in the bladder — sometimes cause urine leakage.
What causes a weak bladder in men?
If your OAB is caused by an enlarged prostate, alpha blockers can help relax the surrounding muscles to improve your urine flow. Other drugs can also help treat symptoms of OAB, including drugs that reduce spasms in your bladder. These medications can help reduce the urge to urinate.