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Female urinary incontinence is a condition in which there is a loss of bladder control. The condition is extremely common in women over the age of 50, but can happen to anyone. There are five different types of urinary incontinence: stress, overflow, functional, urge, and mixture – a combination of any two types. Treatment can range depending on the level of severity, but can include the following:
- Physical therapy and exercise
- Lifestyle and diet changes
- Surgical options
Risk Factors for Urinary Leakage
Some factors can increase the possibility of you having trouble with bladder leakage. Risk factors include:
Obese people have increased pressure on their bladder and surrounding muscles, compared to people of normal weight. This weakens the muscles and makes it more likely that for bladder leakage to occur when the person sneezes or coughs.
Regular smokers are more likely to develop a chronic cough, which may result in episodes of urinary incontinence. A chronic cough (coughing a lot over the long term) places undue stress on the urinary sphincter, leading to stress incontinence. A regular smoker is also more susceptible to having an overactive bladder and bladder control issues.
Women have a significantly higher chance of experiencing stress incontinence than men. Certain aspects of a female’s life, such as childbirth and menopause, make urinary leakage more likely. A man’s risk is higher if he has prostate gland problems.
The muscles in the bladder and urethra weaken during old age. This means the bladder cannot hold as much liquid as before, raising the risk of involuntary bladder leakage. This does not mean that people will necessarily become incontinent when they are old; it just means the risk is higher.
To learn more about the risk factors for female bladder leakage, please visit WebMD.com.
Certain diseases and conditions
People with diabetes and some kidney diseases are more likely to suffer from bladder leakage.
Complications of Bladder Leakage
Often times, loss of bladder control comes along with complications that could affect the treatment. Sores, rashes, and urinary tract infections are a direct result of bladder control problems and can become a serious issue if left untreated.
- Skin problems: A person with urinary leakage has an increased chance to develop skin sores, rashes and infections. This is because the skin is wet most of the time.
- Urinary tract infections: People with urinary incontinence are more susceptible to urinary tract infections. Long-term use of a urinary catheter significantly increases the risk of infection.
- Prolapse: Part of the vagina, bladder and sometime the urethra can fall into the entrance of the vagina. This is usually cause by weakened pelvic floor muscles. The problem generally requires surgery.
Contact Bladder Control Experts Today
If you are suffering from bladder control issues or are looking for more information about its risks and complications, please schedule a consultation with one of our talented urinary incontinence urologists in Beverly Hills today.
Next, learn about the types of urinary incontinence.