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De-Stigmatizing Urinary Incontinence

By Michael Plontz

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Urge Incontinence

Urge incontinence is an overpowering urge to urinate followed by leakage of a large amount of urine. The muscles that help control the bladder spasm which can be scary, because it happens too quickly to get to a bathroom. Some medical professionals might describe such a bladder as “unstable,” “spastic,” or “overactive.” Also, this condition is sometimes called reflex incontinence.
If you have urge incontinence, you may leak urine when you drink even a small amount of liquid or even when you hear or touch running water. Usually you go to the bathroom very often and you may even wet the bed. It’s best to drink very little after 6pm.

Urge incontinence is often caused by nerve damage, alcohol consumption, bladder infection, or some medications. It is common in menopausal women, people with diabetes, multiple sclerosis, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and those who have suffered strokes. Others have chronic pelvic tension in the muscles surrounding the urethra due to sexual abuse, or vaginal or urinary infections, and they don’t pick up on weak signals that their bladder is full. Some people have bladders that contract spontaneously, without warning causing loss of urine.

If you or your loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms or conditions, we urge you to see your primary care physician. Incontinence can be cured or at least alleviated. Let’s explore how in the next article.

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