Causes of Incontinence

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The Causes of Incontinence?

The causes of incontinence can be one or many factors combined.

Poor bladder control is defined as the involuntary leaking of urine when you don’t want to because your pelvic muscles are unable to hold urine in your bladder because they have become damaged or weakened by a series of events in your life.

The pelvic floor is a remarkable set of bowl like muscles in the lower part of your body that control several everyday functions for you including; urinating, bowel movements, child birth, sexual intercourse and orgasms. They support many of the internal organs and in a way hold the lower part of your  body together. So they are very important to keep them strong and healhy.

Surprisingly many believe getting older means there’s a good chance of becoming incontinent.This is part myth.

While it may be true in some instances nearly 50% of all people with incontinence are under 50 years of age and the number grows each year.

 The majority of sufferers of incontinence are women because they carry the burden and consequences of child birth.

As a result stretched pelvic muscles from pregnancy and childbirth can cause the vast majority of those predisposed women to have incontinence if they have not taken steps to minimise or repair the damage childbirth may have caused.

Low oestrogen levels in women when they get older mean the muscle wall of the vagina becomes thinner and the general volume of muscle content is reduced.This means weakened muscles to control urination  and pelvic-floor muscles not maintained in good order through exercise will ultimately fail in bladder control.

Add to this are urinary tract infections, obesity, straining to lift weights, physical inactivity, constipation and all contribute to poor bladder control and ultimately permanent incontinence.

In men enlarged prostate, side effects of certain medications damage to or diseases of the brain or spinal cord for example, dementia,  multiple sclerosis, stroke are all factors contributing to incontinence.

As with women the patient gets older the muscles in the pelvic area gradually atrophy and what started out as a small leak now and then has now become a major source of concern socially, medically and financially.

It cannot be stressed enough that women particularly who have had children, must regain their pelvic strength after child birth to avoid incontinence later on in their lives.

It’s easier to repair at the younger age, there is generally less complications health wise and it instils good habits in the individual thereby avoiding all the health and social issues later on in life.

For men the causes of incontinence maybe related to other conditions such as nocturia, enlarged prostate, obesity, cancers ,but it is naturally in their interest to maintain a good health and exercise regime from an earlier time in their life rather than wait for the consequences of neglect to hit at a later time.

Being a smoker increases  coughing spells which, apart from all the other complications it creates, increases pressure on the pelvic area and increases incontinence frequency.

Poor health and poor maintenance of the body means the pelvic and uro genital area becomes flaccid, with poor blood circulation and muscle tone which  invites opportunistic infections to harbour and grow.Inflammation sets in

Surgery, diabetes, lack of exercise, bladder stones, urinary tract infections, cancers, strokes, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, all of these might contribute to incontinence. 

Looking at all these causes you may think you have entered a mine field of complications, but fortunately most people may have only one of these symptoms and even fewer have more than two.

The important point is about 70% of people with the problem of incontinence can be treated successfully irrespective of age.

The issue is how long after the discovery of incontinence does one take to do anything to repair it.Like a broken down car -the longer you leave the fault unrepaired the costlier it becomes. and the more complications are incurred. 

The motivation to correct such a condition is the biggest treatment device you have.Its important to take care of this area as soon as possible so the muscles remain strong during your life or you end wetting your pants and the bed as the disease progresses.

If you have one of these symptoms then then you fall into the majority of people and if you have two or more there is still a good range of options to help you treat and heal this.

Naturally the more complications the longer and more difficult your chances of recovery are but notwithstanding this there are still many options you have.

The important thing is to make a decision in your own mind to maintain a good level of health. If smoking try and stop , exercise daily, watch what you eat, drink plenty of clean fresh water, avoid too much alcohol.These are common sense things which combined help to ensure your health level stays good.

Your attitude and decision to repair your incontinence and your motivation to treat the causes of your incontinence is a vital step to recovery.

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