Here at Texas Urological Clinic, we understand how important it is to live life to the fullest. Urinary incontinence is a symptom of different medical conditions, and it is also a result of certain lifestyle habits. While not a disease itself, it can have a serious impact on one’s quality of life. Here are some common yet surprising causes of this issue.
Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea
Caffeine is known to stimulate the bladder and cause urinary incontinence. Decaffeinated drinks can pose a problem as well. While decaffeinated coffee might seem like a healthier choice, there is still a small amount of caffeine left that can cause temporary urinary incontinence.
There is a common misconception about consuming vitamin C. While you do need to consume enough vitamin C, too much of it can cause temporary urinary incontinence. Like spicy foods, vitamin C can irritate the bladder.
The proximity of the rectum to the bladder means that the two organs share many nerves. These shared nerve endings pose a problem for people with constipation. When the stool becomes hard and compact, it can stimulate the surrounding nerves, causing an increased urge to urinate.
A surprising cause of persistent urinary incontinence is a hysterectomy. The same muscle groups support the bladder and uterus. A hysterectomy, or removal of the uterus, can damage the pelvic floor muscles and lead to persistent problems urinating.
In men, prostate cancer can cause urinary incontinence in multiple surprising ways.
Possibly the most surprising cause, neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and stroke can damage the nerve signals controlling the bladder.
Is urinary incontinence getting in the way of your life? Schedule a consultation with the experts at Texas Urological Clinic in Lufkin to learn about your treatment options. Contact us today to book your appointment!