There are different types of incontinence and different types of treatments. Always discuss with your doctor or physiotherapist which type you have as the treatments may differ between the types.
IncoStress can be used to treat all types of incontinence. It can also be used as a biofeedback product and as a bladder trainer for those who experience nocturia and overactive bladder.
Women experience incontinence twice as often as men. Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and the structure of the female urinary tract account for this difference. Both women and men can become incontinent from neurological injury, birth defects, strokes, multiple sclerosis, and physical problems associated with ageing.
Urinary incontinence is an inability to hold your urine until you get to a toilet. More than 4 million women in the UK, and over 13 million women in the USA experience some sort of incontinence. That’s around 20% of women both young and old in each country. It is often temporary, and it sometimes could result from an underlying medical condition.
Older women, more often than younger women, experience incontinence. But incontinence is not inevitable with age. Incontinence is treatable and often curable at all ages. If you experience incontinence, you may feel embarrassed. It may help you to remember that loss of bladder control can be treated.
Try to overcome your embarrassment and see a doctor to learn if you need treatment for an underlying medical condition. Incontinence is a medical condition just as much as any other condition, which needs to be addressed. Physiotherapy is always recommended to manage pelvic floor issues.
Incontinence in women usually occurs because of problems with muscles that help to hold or release urine. The body stores urine—water and wastes removed by the kidneys — in the bladder, a balloon-like organ. The bladder connects to the urethra, the tube through which urine leaves the body.
During urination, muscles in the wall of the bladder contract, forcing urine out of the bladder and into the urethra. At the same time, sphincter muscles surrounding the urethra relax, letting urine pass out of the body. Incontinence can occur if the bladder (detrusor muscle) suddenly contracts or muscles surrounding the urethra suddenly relax.
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