If adults with incontinence were to form a nation-state, it would be the third largest country in the world. Citizens of the inconti-nation would be of all ages. A majority of the population would be female because women are more likely to experience life-events that can strain the pelvic floor muscles, like childbirth, which can cause urinary leaks. As global populations mature, the inconti-nation will keep growing.
Soon more adults will need diapers than babies. It’s already happened in Japan, where adult incontinence products have outsold baby diaper sales since 2013.
Incontinence is an issue that affects millions of people across the United States. 1 in three women will experience it and 62% will leak in public. Incontinence is twice as prevalent in women as in men. But why? What can you do about it?
Many people do not know that there is a high incident of urinary incontinence in female collegiate athletes. Muscle over-tension or repetitive impact put a significant strain on a young woman’s pelvic floor muscles.
Interestingly, qualities data suggests pelvic floor muscle tone can be regained for women of virtually any age and size. The weakening of the pelvic floor muscles from pregnancy, delivery, and even sports is a big factor in when incontinence can start.
Female urinary incontinence is a symptom of an underlying problem. For example, the muscles of the pelvic floor hold our organs in position. If the pelvic floor muscles weaken (e.g. birthing, sports, non-use), the organs shift from their natural position like children laying in a loose hammock.
When the organs descend their weight places pressure on the bladder. The added pressure results in what is commonly known as stress urinary incontinence; leaks from movement like a cough, laugh or sneeze.
If muscles contract spasmodically, often from muscle inactivity, the contraction produces an urgent need to void. The leaks that results from the urgency cause what is named “Over-Active Bladder” (OAB) or “urge” urinary incontinence. Mixed urinary incontinence is when a person has both stress and urge urinary incontinence.
While there are many women incontinence treatment options out there, it can be difficult to choose what works for you. There are many benefits to treating the cause if urinary incontinence – not the symptom. Here are some of the most common women’s incontinence treatments: