Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control that causes accidental urine loss. It happens twice as often in women than men, and it ranges from an uncomfortable feeling of slight urine loss to severe and frequent wetting. But, there is no need to feel embarrassed nor worried because there are treatments for urinary incontinence and not all involve Kegels!
How does urinary incontinence occur?
The kidneys produce urine contained in the bladder. When you need to urinate, the bladder releases urine into the urethra as the bladder muscles contract. Then, the sphincter muscles around the urethra contract at the same time, allowing urine to exit the body. If the bladder muscles contract abruptly and the sphincter muscles are not strong enough to close the urethra, a sudden, strong, and uncontrollable desire to urinate develops. Some of the reasons for urine leakage include pressure generated by coughing, sneezing, or exercise. Urinary incontinence may also occur if the nerves that regulate the bladder muscles and urethra become damaged.
Who experiences urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is more common in women than men due to the bodies’ unique changes. Reproductive events such as pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause affect and weaken the bladder, urethra, and other muscles. Additionally, women have shorter urethras, making women more prone to
urinary incontinence due to less muscle support. This condition is more common in women above 50. There are different kinds of urinary incontinence, but the most common in women is stress incontinence. The latter condition is where stress and pressure on the bladder urge incontinence, or an overactive bladder, causing a strong or uncontrollable urge to pee.
What are the symptoms of urinary incontinence?
If you notice the following symptoms, it’s time to consult a specialist:
1. Feeling a strong urge to urinate and leaking when you don’t get in the bathroom in time
2. Urine leakage when working out, moving around, or when laughing, coughing, or sneezing
3. Loss of urine while sleeping or bedwetting
Can you treat urinary incontinence?
There are some treatments that you can do at home and some at an aesthetic clinic but overall you should be doing the following:
– Kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles
-Training the bladder by keeping track of bathroom trips and setting urination intervals
– Having a fiber-rich diet and avoiding caffeine, alcoholic beverages, and carbonated drinks
– Losing weight to lessen bladder pressure
What treatments can help with urinary incontinence?
These days, a range of treatment options are available to help with incontinence. SW1 Clinic’s V-Vacious using the Vivieve System, is a non-invasive, patented radiofrequency device that helps to rebuild natural collagen, tightening both the vagina and urethra.
A doctor will place a one-time use treatment tip on the opening of the vagina. The entire treatment is painless and without downtime, and can be completed in 30 minutes or less in a single session. Studies have shown sustained results lasting for up to 12 months! Have more questions? Simply give the friendly staff at SW1 Clinic a quick call!
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