What Causes Urinary Incontinence?
By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
March 04, 2019
Category: Health and Safety

Do you want to know more about what causes urinary incontinence?

The issues you have with bladder leakage or the lack of making it to the bathroom in time shouldn't be ignored. Contact J. Gabriel DoctorGuajardo in Brownsville, TX, doctor if you suspect that you may be experiencing urinary incontinence.

 

More About Urinary Incontinence:

Urinary incontinence is a loss of bladder control and a sudden urge to urinate. This common medical condition often makes it difficult to laugh or cough.

This condition occurs largely due to the loss of muscle control, which in turn, leads to the loss urination control. Consequently, your bladder will contract without warning or your sphincter muscles will no longer hold back the flow of urine as you intend them to.

Common causes of urinary incontinence include

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Menopause

Urinary incontinence may lead to other complications, such as:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Constipation
  • Certain neurological disorders

There are other risk factors that don't usually result in urinary incontinence, but do make it worse, such as:

  • Gender
  • Weight
  • Other conditions

People may also suffer from temporary urinary incontinence if they've consumed,

  • Too much alcohol or caffeine
  • Certain medications and sedatives

 

Treatments for Urinary Incontinence:

If you're suffering from a mild case of urinary incontinence, you may manage by simply wearing pads and using the bathroom frequently. Kegel exercises are also one of the most popular treatment options for urinary incontinence, as they specifically strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Other methods to improve bladder control include a lifestyle change, such as losing weight and quitting tobacco.

For more serious cases, your doctor can offer you medications, biofeedback, nerve stimulation, or pessary devices. Surgery should be the last resort but that option is available if nothing else works.

 

Need Help? Give Our Brownsville Office a Call!

You shouldn't be embarrassed by urinary incontinence. For treatment, call Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo, in Brownsville, TX, at (956) 350-4821.

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