Causes Of Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence (UI) is a condition that causes an involuntary loss of urine. Millions of women suffer from urinary incontinence. For some women, it's just a few drops of urine that dribble out when they cough or run. But others may have a sudden and intense urge to urinate right before they lose a huge amount of urine. There are still other women who experience both these symptoms.
UI may be just an annoyance, or a serious inconvenience. Women may be so afraid of having an accident or retaining the smell of urine that they become too embarrassed to socialize or engage in activities they once found fun. Some women lose urine during sex and this too becomes an activity to fear.
Women are twice as susceptible to UI as men. Part of this has to do with the way the female urinary tract is structured, but it's also about experiencing pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause: all of which affect the surrounding pelvic structures.
While older women are more prone to UI than younger women, incontinence is not a given to expect in the Golden Years. UI is a medical condition; one that can be treated. It's up to you to seek medical help so a solution can be found. There are specific surgical treatments for the various types of UI, and some women will find they can obtain relief without resorting to surgery.
Incontinence is a response to various issues relating to the nerves and muscles that are used to hold and release urine. Urine is the waste product that the kidneys remove and transfer to the bladder where it is stored until it is released through the urethra and leaves the body.
Urination involves the contraction of the bladder wall muscles which help to force the urine out of your bladder and into your urethra. The urethra is surrounded by sphincter muscles which relax during urination to let the urine leave the body.
If the bladder muscles contract as a sudden occurrence or the urethra's sphincter muscles weaken and can't hold back urine, leakage will occur. Sometimes, the pressure of the urine flow changes because of muscle damage that causes a physical change in the way the bladder is positioned. Obesity places added pressure on your bladder muscles when they are damaged or weakened so that the bladder takes on a changed position. That's why obesity can worsen incontinence. But by losing weight, you can alleviate the problem without any need for surgery.