Urinary incontinence is when you lose the ability to control your bladder. This leads to urine leaking. It is a common disorder that affects many people.
Normally, the bladder has muscles that tighten when you feel the urge to urinate. Urine comes out when the bladder muscles tighten. The urine comes through a tube called the urethra. Simultaneously, the sphincter muscles that surround the urethra relax and let the urine out of the body. When you have urinary incontinence, the bladder muscles suddenly tighten and the sphincter muscles are not strong enough to pinch the urethra shut. This causes a sudden need to urinate that you are not able to control.
Symptoms And Signs:
Symptoms are usually specific to the type of urinary incontinence that you have. The types of urinary incontinence are:
- Stress incontinence
- Urge incontinence
- Mixed incontinence
- Total incontinence
- Overflow incontinence
Some of the general symptoms or signs of urinary incontinence are:
- Leaking Urine during normal activities
- Urge to urinate
- Leaking urine without any warning
- Not making it to the bathroom in time to urinate
- Urinating when asleep
- Pressure or spasms in the pelvic area that creates an urge to urinate
- Going to the bathroom more than normal
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then you should see your doctor. Urinary incontinence is not a disease, but it maybe a symptom of another health issue you maybe facing. Bladder issues can greatly impact your quality of life and lead to other health problems. Your physician might advocate a life style change to combat your urinary incontinence.