Do you leak while sneezing laughing or coughing.
Did your marital life is affected?
Do you have started avoiding social gatherings?
Urinary incontinence is an under diagnosed and under reported problem that increases with age—affecting 50-84% of the elderly in long-term care facilities—and at any age is more than 2 times more common in females than in males
Urinary incontinence is a major reason of depression and social isolation in elderly. It has a great impact on women suffering from incontinence. They do not know how to get rid of this condition. Usually they consider it part of aging. Research has shown that individuals with urinary incontinence are more likely to experience depression than those without bladder control problems. Social isolation has many negative effects associated with it that can result in both mental and physical deterioration, and loss of quality of life.
It is although not a life threatening disease but this condition is bothersome, embarrassing, and undermine our self-confidence and freedom to enjoy life to its fullest. Treating seniors who suffer from urinary incontinence will certainly improve their autumn of life and put a smile on the face of women and provide physical and mental wellness .
Imagine you are a generally healthy women who wants to live her life at fullest but cannot go to parties or movies or attend grandchildren’s birthdays,& always have your answer ready with “no” followed by some excuse. You are open to the family coming to your house but the grandchildren are becoming so busy that those visits are few and far between. Your friends are inviting you out less often. The thought of trying to sit through a movie or social event gives you anxiety. Your sex life has suffered.
WHY???? Because you fear may be there is non availability of toilets and the possible embarrassment from having an accident.
There are solutions that can help incontinence and help you stay socially active. Ask for help from your doctor or a close friend you trust .you will surprise to know you are no alone there so many like you. By taking treatment you are stepping towards a happy long life.
Simplest is adult diapers but it is not end of story. Today’s modern medicine offers you variety of treatment.
Stress incontinence is most common but some women can have mixed incontinence.
Stress Incontinence: Causes
Stress incontinence is caused by weakening of the muscles and supporting tissues of the bladder. Increases in pressure against the bladder or the sphincter muscles (like when coughing or sneezing) result in leakage of urine. The muscles can weaken for several reasons, including pregnancies and vaginal deliveries, weight gain, or sports injuries or during menopause weakness of pelvic floor increases.
Physiotherapy is in form of pelvic floor exercise & use of vaginal cone. Weakness of the pelvic core muscles is the primary reason for loss of bladder control and is reversible with lifestyle modifications and appropriate exercise.
What will you gain from strengthening your pelvic floor muscles? You will alleviate or eliminate symptoms of bladder leaking and have more confidence in social situations. You will improve your balance, which can decrease your risk of falls. You will strengthen the muscles that support your low back. By regaining control of your body you are regaining the freedom you deserve in your life.
Drugs and surgery should be considered as the last resort for treating urinary incontinence, after conservative treatments have failed (unless recommended by your doctor).
The first-line approach to conservative treatment can be self-help, which has been shown to be highly effective.
Many types of minimally invasive surgery is now available for women who are not benefitted by
physiotherapy and drugs or behavioral therapy and wants to live a dignified life.