How To Identify Urinary Incontinence
Having trouble controlling your urine? Do you find yourself dealing with leakage whenever you laugh, sneeze or lift something heavy? Do you feel a sudden urge to urinate throughout the day? If you said “yes” then you could be experiencing symptoms of urinary incontinence. There are different types of urinary incontinence and each comes with its own symptoms.
The types of urinary incontinence include,
- Urge incontinence: you may feel a sudden, intense urge to urinate that may be followed by a loss of control. People with this form of incontinence often wake up throughout the night with a sudden urge to pee. This type of incontinence may be due to an underlying infection or health problem such as diabetes.
- Stress incontinence: you are prone to leakage during laughter, physical activity or coughing
- Functional incontinence: sometimes patients have preexisting disabilities that make it impossible to get to the bathroom when they need to go
- Overflow incontinence: if your bladder doesn’t empty fully after urinating you may be prone to dribbling after urination
- Mixed incontinence: sometimes a patient may be dealing with more than one type of urinary incontinence at a time
Is it time to see a urologist?
We know that talking about urinary incontinence isn’t the most comfortable topic, but if this is happening to you and it’s causing issues for your daily routine and life then it’s important that you talk to a doctor. After all, there are many treatment options that can help you manage your symptoms or even get rid of your incontinence.
Since some forms of incontinence are due to an underlying condition, it is even more important that you see your doctor to find out what’s going on. Remember, incontinence is not a condition, it’s a symptom, so there is usually something else going on.
How do you treat urinary incontinence?
Our urologist Dr Masel will need to perform certain diagnostic tests to rule out certain medical problems that could be causing your symptoms. He will also ask you questions regarding your symptoms to try to determine the root cause. From there, Dr. Masel and his team will draw up your treatment plan. Acute forms of incontinence may be treated by,
- Treating the underlying infection such as a UTI
- Quitting smoking and other lifestyle changes
- Treating/managing certain conditions such as neurological disorders and enlarged prostate that could also be causing your incontinence
- Prescribing pelvic floor exercises for pregnant women or women who’ve recently given birth and are experiencing urinary incontinence as a result
- Avoiding certain foods and drinks such as alcohol, caffeine and acidic foods, which are diuretics
- Avoiding certain medications such as muscle relaxants or sedatives, which can also aggravate symptoms