Peeing your pants is traumatic enough when you are a toddler. The humiliation of an elementary schooler who wets the bed at a sleepover or who was too shy to ask for a bathroom pass is even more painful. But to be an adult and suddenly find yourself dealing with incontinence and planning your life around restroom locations is a headache many of us are not prepared for. Yet, the number of incontinence products on drugstore shelves and the volume of commercials aimed at treating incontinence makes it obvious this is a very real issue many women face.
12. Symptoms of Incontinence
The Mayo Clinic lists several types of urinary incontinence. Stress incontinence refers to urine leaking from the bladder when an individual coughs, sneezes, or lifts a heavy object. Urge incontinence occurs when a person experiences an intense, overwhelming need to pee. When this occurs, the bladder may involuntarily release urine. Overflow incontinence happens when the bladder never fully empties and instead releases steady leaks of small amounts of urine. Functional incontinence occurs when another medical issue prevents a person from making it to the bathroom on time. Finally, mixed incontinence can include more than one type of incontinence issue.
11. Causes of Persistent Urinary Incontinence
Temporary conditions such as urinary tract infections, diuretic medications, or constipation can cause short-term episodes of urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence that persists and affects daily life may be triggered by other causes. Many women experience incontinence during pregnancy as the weight of the fetus presses on the bladder. With age, weakened pelvic muscles, involuntary contractions of the bladder, and changes in hormones can lead to incontinence. Physical blockages from tumors or calcified crystals in the bladder can also lead to leakage. Finally, disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, or diabetes that affect nerves can cause incontinence.