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Urine incontinence Treatment & Diagnostics in Kondapur, Hyderabad

Urine incontinence

It is the leakage of urine without your control. When your urine leaks involuntarily it is called urine incontinence. This is a common condition, usually in older people. However, it can also affect younger adults.

What does Urine Incontinence mean?

Simply put, it is a condition in which your urine isn’t in your control. You can leak at any time, even when you don’t want to. It is a common and embarrassing problem for many people. It can have an impact on your daily lives, restricting your activities due to embarrassment and inconvenience.

What are the types of Urine incontinence?

There can be different kinds of urine leakage such as:

  • Stress-induced incontinence- Urine that leaks when you cough, sneeze, laugh, exercise or while lifting something heavy. This happens due to the exerted pressure on your bladder.
  • Incontinence of sudden urge- This happens when you have a sudden urge to urinate. You may leak even at night. This could be caused by some kind of infection in the body or some neurological disorders or diabetes.
  • Incontinence due to overflow of urine- this happens when you can’t empty your bladder at once and have constant dribbling of urine.
  • Functional incontinence- When you have certain conditions that don't allow you to reach the toilet in time. This could happen if you have severe joint pain that causes inconvenience in moving.
  • Combined incontinence- This is a condition wherein you experience two or more kinds of urinary incontinence at the same time.

What are the symptoms of Urinary Incontinence?

Not all people leak much. But even a small amount of urine leakage can be regarded as urine incontinence. The symptoms may include:

  • Sudden urge to urinate that you can’t even make it to the toilet
  • Leaking involuntarily even at night
  • Not being able to empty the bladder at once and then leaking

What are the causes of urinary incontinence?

It can be caused by several reasons. Your continence may be temporary or permanent. There are different causes for permanent and temporary urinary incontinence.

Causes of temporary urine incontinence

Your lifestyle and daily habits can lead to temporary incontinence. Certain factors causing it may be;

  • The consumption of alcohol
  • Excess use of caffeine
  • Consumption of carbonated drinks
  • Use of artificial sweeteners
  • Some chocolates
  • Highly spicy, sugary or citrus foods
  • Reaction from blood thinner medicines

Causes of permanent urine incontinence

It may be due to;

  • Ongoing pregnancy- can cause stress incontinence due to weight gain which builds pressure on the bladder.
  • Recent childbirth-During the time of a normal delivery the muscles may become weak and cause urine to leak.
  • Ageing- as you grow old the bladder muscle loses its capacity to store urine.
  • Menopause-In olden women who have recently had their menopause it is common to get incontinence.
  • Large prostate and prostate cancer could lead to urine incontinence in men.
  • Mental and neurological disorders can also cause urine incontinence.

When to see a doctor?

It is always better to see a doctor when you’re experiencing symptoms for a long time. It might be a temporary thing caused due to the above-mentioned things. But in case of recurrent leakages, you should see a doctor immediately.

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Kondapur

Call 1860-500-2244 to book an appointment

What are the risk factors of urine incontinence?

There are several things that can give rise to permanent incontinence, such as;

  1. 1. Your increasing age 2. Smoking habits 3. Excess weight 4. Neurological diseases 5. It runs in your family

What are the complications of urine incontinence?

Certain complications can arise due to permanent urine incontinence, which may include:

  • Skin diseases can develop due to the wet skin
  • Urinary tract infections due to the constant wet skin
  • Embarrassment and inconvenience affecting your daily life

How can we prevent urine incontinence?

There’s no evidence of practices that prevent urinary incontinence. However, there are few things you can keep in mind to decrease your risk:

  • Being fit and maintaining weight
  • Practising pelvic floor exercises can help
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol as much as possible
  • Having a fibre rich diet
  • Quitting smoking

How is urinary incontinence treated?

There are several ways to treat the involuntary leakage of urine such as:

  1. Habitual techniques such as setting fixed time for toilet
  2. Pelvic floor muscle exercises prescribed by the doctor at Apollo Spectra Kondapur to help the muscles gain control
  3. Use of certain medications prescribed by medical professionals
  4. In some cases, electrical stimulation is needed
  5. The usage of medical devices helps
  6. Interventional therapies are also used
  7. Surgery, when no other treatment is working
  8. Absorbent pads and catheters are most commonly used

Urinary incontinence is an unavoidable condition that happens usually after the age of 60. It can be embarrassing and affect your lifestyle but can be treated with medical help. Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals or call 1860-500-2244 to book an appointment.

Can it happen to young people?

Yes, though it’s common at an older age it can happen at any age.

How can I avoid complications from Urinary incontinence?

It’s always good to clean your skin and practice the exercises suggested to avoid any complications.

Can Urinary incontinence be completely cured?

Yes, it can be cured with some lifestyle changes if it’s temporary in nature. And in case of permanent incontinence, you may need to see a doctor for appropriate treatment.

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