Urinary Incontinence

Posted by Lachmi Deb Roy on Mon, Jun 27, 2011  
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There are many of my older friends who go through this embarrassment every day. But there is actually nothing to feel ashamed of when there is treatment available for involuntary loss of urine called urinary incontinence (UI). UI is a case when a woman lose one or two drops of urine while coughing, sneezing, laughing aloud, stretching their legs or running and jumping.


Though the brain controls the urinating mechanism, but some women are unable to control their urine and there is a sudden desire for them to urinate. Often there is leaking of urine before one can reach the wash room. Sometimes diabetes or emotional imbalance can aggravate the condition all the more.


Overactive bladder has become a silent struggle for many of my friends who cannot control their urine. They cannot drive down for long distances, cannot shop for long and even when they are in a party or social do they have to visit the washroom every now and then.  Women with overactive bladder have poor quality of sleep. But they are shy to talk about this situation and are reluctant in taking any medical help. But my advice to all those suffering from UI  is that they should not hesitate to visit the doctor.


There are medications available for overactive bladder which reduces the contractility of the bladder muscle. Behavioural therapies like educating the patients about how the urine is formed, stored and expelled along with medications offers good results for patients suffering from urinary incontinence. Practice pelvic floor muscle exercises because that helps to strengthen the muscles which controls urine.


For women who are not responding to  behavioural treatment can opt for Neuromodulation which is a rather new technique. It is a surgical implantation to control OAB. In this case a path of the bowel is joined to the bladder capacity. This will increase the capacity of the bladder. So friends go and discuss it with your doctors.


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