Conditions that can worsen or contribute to the different types of incontinence include constipation or stool impaction, diabetes, hypertension, tobacco use, and obesity. Further, taking certain medications (such as some antidepressants, estrogens, diuretics, and sleep medications) may worsen incontinence.
Delaying urination is another part of a typical bladder retraining technique. It may not sound pleasant, but if you can hold out another few minutes after feeling the urge to urinate, you can help retrain your bladder. By gradually increasing the holding time, you can eventually and ideally go at least three to four hours without having to go to the bathroom. At some points, if you find that you really just can’t hold it any longer, use the bathroom (I don’t want you to have a visible accident!), but stick to your next scheduled urination time. (23) Using relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, can help make the delay time more bearable.
Some medicines can cause overactive bladder. Talk with your doctor about the medicines you’re taking to find out if they could affect your bladder. But don’t stop taking your medicine without talking to your doctor first.
Botox. A health care professional may use onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox), also called botulinum toxin type A, to treat UI in men with neurological conditions such as spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis. Injecting Botox into the bladder relaxes the bladder, increasing storage capacity and decreasing UI. A health care professional performs the procedure during an office visit. A man receives local anesthesia. The health care professional uses a cystoscope to guide the needle for injecting the Botox. Botox is effective for up to 10 months.3
People with medical problems that interfere with thinking, moving, or communicating may have trouble reaching a toilet. A person with Alzheimer’s disease, for example, may not think well enough to plan a timely trip to a restroom. A person in a wheelchair may have a hard time getting to a toilet in time. Functional incontinence is the result of these physical and medical conditions. Conditions such as arthritis often develop with age and account for some of the incontinence of elderly women in nursing homes.
If a weak pelvic floor is at the root of your OAB then kegel exercises can help a lot. These pelvic floor exercises can be done anywhere at anytime and they benefit both men and women. When done regularly, they can really help an overactive bladder.
In the medical community, professionals are trained to use alternative terms such as “briefs” rather than “diapers” for the sake of dignity, as the term “diapers” is associated with children and therefore may have a negative connotation. In practice, though, most health care workers are accustomed to calling them diapers, especially those that resemble children’s diapers.
Corn silk is the waste material from corn cultivation. Countries from China to France use this as a traditional medicine for many ailments, including bedwetting and bladder irritation. It may help with strengthening and restoring mucous membranes in the urinary tract to prevent incontinence, according to the International Continence Society.
Absorbent incontinence products come in a wide range of types (drip collectors, pads, underwear and adult diapers), each with varying capacities and sizes. The largest volume of products that is consumed falls into the lower absorbency range of products, and even when it comes to adult diapers, the cheapest and least absorbent brands are used the most. This is not because people choose to use the cheapest and least absorbent brands, but rather because medical facilities are the largest consumer of adult diapers, and they have requirements to change patients as often as every two hours. As such, they select products that meet their frequent-changing needs, rather than products that could be worn longer or more comfortably.
Several types of surgery are also available. The least invasive involve implanting small nerve stimulators just beneath the skin. The nerves they stimulate control the pelvic floor and the devices can manipulate contractions in the organs and muscles within the pelvic floor.
Although overactive bladder isn’t thought to be a life-threatening condition, the condition can greatly affect a person’s quality of life. Many treatments are available to lessen symptoms, although doctors can’t cure the condition.
When the bladder doesn’t empty properly, urine spills over, causing overflow incontinence. Weak bladder muscles or a blocked urethra can cause this type of incontinence. Nerve damage from diabetes or other diseases can lead to weak bladder muscles; tumors and urinary stones can block the urethra. Men with overflow incontinence may have to urinate often, yet they release only small amounts of urine or constantly dribble urine.
Specialized testing can assess how well the bladder, urethra, and sphincters store and dispose of urine. There are many different types of instruments that can be used for urodynamic testing. Cystometry is a test that is used to help diagnose urge incontinence. It measures bladder pressure. The structures in the pelvis can be visualized with ultrasound. Uroflowometry can measure the volume of urine and flow rate. This test is used to determine the strength of related muscles and helps assess whether urine flow is blocked. There are other tests a urologist may perform depending on your symptoms.
Frequent urination is strongly associated with frequent incidents of urinary urgency, which is the sudden need to urinate. It is often, though not necessarily, associated with urinary incontinence and polyuria (large total volume of urine). However, in other cases, urinary frequency involves only normal volumes of urine overall.
For occasional minimal urine loss, panty shields (small absorbent inserts) may be used. For light incontinence, guards (close-fitting pads) may be more appropriate. Absorbent guards are attached to the underwear and can be worn under usual clothing. Adult undergarments (full-length pads) are bulkier and more absorbent than guards. They may be held in place by waist straps or snug underwear. Adult briefs are the bulkiest type of protection, they offer the highest level of absorbency, and they are secured in place with self-adhesive tape. Absorbent bed pads also are available to protect the bed sheets and mattresses at night. They are available in different sizes and absorbencies.
Complications associated with urinary frequency often depend on the condition’s underlying cause. For example, if a woman’s frequent urination is due to a urinary tract infection, she could experience a severe and systemic infection if left untreated. This could damage her kidneys and cause narrowing of the urethras.
The bladder must be drained on a regular basis, either based on a timed interval (for example, on awakening, every three to six hours during the day, and before bed) or based on bladder volume. Advantages of intermittent catheterization include independence and freedom from an indwelling catheter and bags. Also, sexual relations are uncomplicated by intermittent catheterization. Potential complications of intermittent catheterization include bladder infection, urethral trauma, urethral inflammation, and stricture formation. However, studies have demonstrated that long-term use of intermittent catheterization appears to have fewer complications compared to indwelling catheterization (urethral catheter or suprapubic tube), with respect to urinary tract infections, renal failure, and the development of stones within the bladder or kidneys.
Less frequent causes of urinary incontinence include complications of urologic procedures or pelvic radiation therapy. In the pediatric population, it includes enuresis and congenital abnormalities of the genitourinary system.
fecal incontinence (incontinence of the feces) inability to control defecation; both physiologic and psychological conditions can be contributing factors. Called also encopresis and bowel incontinence. See also bowel elimination, altered. Physiologic causes include neurologic sensory and motor defects such as those occurring in stroke and spinal cord injury; pathologic conditions that impair the integrity of the sphincters, such as tumors, lacerations, fistulas, and loss of sensory innervation; altered levels of consciousness; and severe diarrhea. Psychological factors include anxiety, confusion, disorientation, depression, and despair.
In case the problem is caused by a medical health condition, you need to go through the right treatment. However, after going through the required tests, if you have confirmed that the frequent urination is not a result of an underlying medical problem, you could try a few self-help steps and home, to deal with the inconvenience you are going through. Given below are a few simple remedies for frequent urination:
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Doctors first ask questions about the person’s symptoms and medical history and then do a examination. What they find during the history and physical examination often suggests a cause of excessive urination and the tests that may need to be done (see Table: Some Causes and Features of Excessive Urination).
The first step is to find the right muscles. One way to find them is to imagine that you are sitting on a marble and want to pick up the marble with your vagina. Imagine sucking or drawing the marble into your vagina.
Additional Information – This product is designed for use with both urinary and bowel incontinence. When you have bowel incontinence it is very important to use a product designed just for that. The absorption and cores are placed a little differently than products just for urinary incontinence.
Jump up ^ Lacima, G; Pera, M (October 2003). “Combined fecal and urinary incontinence: an update”. Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 15 (5): 405–10. doi:10.1097/00001703-200310000-00009. PMID 14501244.
To help retrain your bladder, you can try keeping a daily dairy of urinary urges and trips to the bathroom, as well as any urine leakage. After you figure out how many times you’re going to the bathroom daily, you can start scheduling your trips, adding on about 15 minutes to the normally expected time. Even if you don’t have to go to the bathroom, stick with the scheduled times. As time passes, you can increase the amount of time that passes between urinations. This is meant to improve bladder control. (22)
Trospium chloride (Sanctura) is available in both a once a day and twice a day therapy. Trospium is less likely to get into the brain and is broken down differently than other medications, which may be beneficial in some individuals.
Older people may have a common combination of bladder storage problems and bladder-emptying issues. The bladder may cause a lot of urgency and even incontinence, but it doesn’t empty well. A specialist may be able to help you with this combination of bladder problems.
Frequent urination: Causes, symptoms, and treatment Frequent urination is not life-threatening but it can affect quality of life, and it can also indicate a more serious problem. Find out more. Read now
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Antipsychotics: A number of antipsychotics have been associated with urinary incontinence, including chlorpromazine, thioridazine, chlorprothixene, thiothixene, trifluoperazine, fluphenazine (including enanthate and decanoate), haloperidol, and pimozide.19-24 Incontinence occurs over a broad range of antipsychotic dosages. Additionally, whereas some patients experience urinary incontinence within hours of initiating antipsychotic therapy, others do not experience incontinence for weeks after initiation. In most cases, the incontinence remits spontaneously upon discontinuation of the antipsychotic. Typical antipsychotics are primarily dopamine antagonists and lead to stress urinary incontinence, whereas atypical antipsychotics are antagonists at serotonin receptors.24 Antipsychotics also cause incontinence by one or more of the following mechanisms: alpha-adrenergic blockade, dopamine blockade, and cholinergic actions on the bladder.25 Owing to these complex drug-receptor interactions, a generalized description of how antipsychotics cause urinary incontinence cannot be given.1
Miriam T Vincent, MD, PhD, JD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, Sigma Xi, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Bladder cancer can lead to overactive bladder. In most cases, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) does not recommend routine screening for bladder cancer unless you have symptoms of overactive bladder.