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Embarrassed About Incontinence? Donít
By Michael Plontz, Staff Writer
One thing that most caregivers have in
common is dealing with incontinence in their loved ones
or themselves. There is still a stigma attached to this
ailment, but the only way to combat this misconception
is to learn more about it, bring it out into the open
and discuss it.
Urinary incontinence can occur at any age for any number
of reasons. Women are 50% more likely to be affected
than men. The most common symptoms are bedwetting,
leakage after coughing, sneezing or laughing, and a
general uncontrolled leakage of urine.
Some of the causes of Incontinence are:
Weakened bladder muscles
Excessive alcohol or caffeine intake
Enlargement of the prostate
In women, a lack of estrogen
Urinary tract infection
Stones in the bladder
Nerve damage to the bladder
Changes in the body such as surgery
Side effects from medications
There are six types of urinary
Urge incontinence is an urgent need
to urinate followed by leakage.
Overflow incontinence happens when
small amounts of urine leak from a full bladder.
An emotional rather than a physical
cause is called psychological incontinence.
Stress incontinence occurs when
laughing, lifting heavy objects, sneezing or
A constant dripping of urine night
and day is called total incontinence.
Mixed incontinence is a mixture of
any of the above-mentioned causes.