Bladder control is an issue with which many women struggle. The sudden urge to go may hit when you are out with friends, while shopping, at work, or on a date. If you are planning your trips outside the home around the location of bathrooms, or if you bring pads with you just in case, then you might need to talk with your doctor about bladder incontinence treatments.
Incontinence is defined loosely as an inability to control the leakage of urine. There are three main types of incontinence: stress, urge and overflow.
Stress incontinence occurs when the pelvic floor muscles weaken from strain or inactivity. The weakened muscles allow your organs to shift from their natural position by gravity to putting weight directly on top of the bladder. This extra weight is sometimes greater than the bladder’s muscles’ ability to hold the urine in your bladder.
If you laugh, sneeze, cough, or jump and you leak a little pee, then you most likely are experiencing stress incontinence.
Urge incontinence is also called “overactive bladder,” because of the bladder contracting involuntarily, leading to urination. The exact cause for urge incontinence is often difficult for doctors to pinpoint, but can be the muscles of the bladder involuntarily contracting from lack of respiration.
Urge is sometimes referred to as Over-Active Bladder (OAB). Some journalists believe OAB was a way to make it easier for patients to speak to their physicians’ about the condition, and when appropriate including discussions about drugs to treat the condition.
Mixed urinary incontinence is when a person has both stress and urge incontinence.
Regardless of the types of incontinence, if you experience leakage, then your doctor will probably discuss a bladder control treatment with you. So, what kinds of treatments are out there?