Many women are extremely embarrassed about urinary incontinence, but their weakened bladders need medical intervention for a cure.
The world over, women are taught to be ‘ladylike’ at all times. From a very young age, they are expected to talk softly, dress neatly and be elegant always. This early conditioning prevents many women from speaking freely about their health issues, especially if the same involve their reproductive organs or the bladder.
However, as age catches up and other health issues make an appearance, many women find that they suffer a problem that is deeply embarrassing: urinary incontinence. They have no control over a sudden leakage of urine, and worse, the urine may seep through the underwear to the clothes. It is a deeply mortifying condition to suffer from, necessitating carrying extra underwear in one’s handbag and going only to those places that have restrooms. Many women who suffer from urinary incontinence refuse to go on long distance travel, or to swim or even exercise for fear of sudden leaks.
Urinary incontinence can be the result of a weakened bladder that is unable to hold more than a little quantity of urine at a time. In others, it is a sign of bladder infection caused by excess urea in the urine, or the kidneys’ inability to flush out toxins from the blood and urine. A diet high in salt and sugar can also cause a bladder infection leading to urinary incontinence.
Most women like to keep this condition quiet because they are too embarrassed to admit it. But the fact is that the condition is curable and needs immediate medical attention. Most people empty their bladders about eight times a day, but if the woman notices that she is visiting the toilet more often and even waking up in the night several times to urinate, it might be a sign of urinary incontinence. Delaying treatment can make the condition a chronic one. The doctor will diagnose the type of incontinence the person suffers from – Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), Urge Incontinence, Mixed Incontinence or Functional Incontinence. All of these are responsible for the leakage of small to moderate amounts of urine at a time.
Bladder disorders leading to urinary incontinence may also be caused by such neurological conditions as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida and Alzheimer’s or Dementia. These conditions interfere with the brain’s signalling system, which makes the person unaware of when she needs to visit the restroom.
Urinary incontinence is curable. Along with following the doctor’s treatment plan, it is advisable to include fresh fruits and vegetables in one’s diet, take moderate exercise and sleep for at least seven hours a night to clear up the bladder infection. Also, the person should wear adult diapers so as to ensure peace of mind at all times. An adult diaper quickly absorbs a leak and does not let it seep on to the clothes. It is useful when the person is out of doors for long periods of time, or suffers from quick and sudden leakages.