Urinary Incontinence is when there is excretion of urine involuntarily. It is not a disease itself but it can be an indication of an underlying problem, which can be treated. It is more common in women than in men and both young people and old people can suffer from it although it is more common in older women. However, it is not part of the ageing process. It is estimated that more than about 13 million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence. Since it is such an embarrassing topic for most sufferers, they do not like to even talk to their doctors about it. But one must keep in mind, the quicker your doctor knows about your condition, the quicker he will be able to treat you.
There are several causes of urinary incontinence. Some of the common causes of incontinence are:
Temporary Urinary Incontinence
. When children suffer from urinary incontinence, it may be for several reasons. Very often young children have the tendency to wet the bed at night in their sleep. These children may be slower in developing the brain control, which is needed to allow retention of urine all night long. Urine production in these children may be more at night too. Day time incontinence in children may be owing to some kind of development abnormality or have a urine infection. Bed wetting in children is generally a temporary condition and will pass away as they grow older.
. Medications – Some medication such as sleeping pills, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, high blood pressure drugs, medications for heart condition all can give rise to urinary incontinence.
. Constipation – The rectum and the bladder have common nerves as a result when you get constipated it causes over activity of these nerves and causing urine leakage.
. Fluids – If you suffer from stress related incontinence consuming a large amount of water in a short time causes the urine in the bladder to increase thereby putting more pressure on the pelvic floor which may then cause leakage.