Causes of Incontinence

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If you have recently developed urinary incontinence or have struggled with urinary incontinence for an extended period of time, it’s important that you talk to your doctor. This article will give you a better idea of what urinary incontinence is, and what are the main causes of incontinence.

This way, when you talk to your doctor you can have an idea of what is causing the incontinence, and develop a plan to deal with the problem. Your doctor may then suggest you start using catheters, or other measures to deal with incontinence.

Urinary incontinence is not a disease. Instead, it’s a symptom that can be caused for several different reasons. All of these reasons can be broken down into three main categories:

Habits

Certain life choices can lead to incontinence. For instance, if you’re a heavy drinker of alcohol simply limiting your consumption could help your incontinence problem. Alcohol is a diuretic and caused a sudden and urgent need to urinate. The same can be said for caffeine.

Drinks and medicines that irritate the bladder can also cause incontinence. In most cases, your doctor will ask you about your diet and ask you what medications you are currently on. Changing up your prescription or drinking habits could be the answer to your incontinence dilemma.

Treatable Medical Conditions

There are two main treatable medical conditions that can lead to incontinence. If you have a urinary tract infection or are constipated, then you may deal with incontinence. Talk to your doctor about solutions to these problems and your incontinence should dissipate.

Physical Changes

The most common cause of incontinence is physical changes. Pregnant women will often experience incontinence during their pregnancy. This is to be expected, as hormonal changes occur and the uterus enlarges. Neurological disorders are a major cause for incontinence. Everything from Parkinson’s disease to a spinal injury can cause incontinence.

There are many other physical changes that can lead to incontinence. No matter your cause for incontinence, there is always a way to manage the problem. Talk to your doctor and see if catheters or another means of incontinence management is right for you.

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