If you have ever suffered the condition of urinary incontinence, or an inability to control your bladder, one of the most striking things about the condition is that you may have no idea why it is happening. The important thing to remember is that incontinence is not a disease in and of itself but rather a symptom that something else may be wrong. While it may take a thorough evaluation by a urologist to determine what exactly is causing your condition, there are certain causes and risk factors which may explain why you are suffering from this embarrassing condition.
Is The Condition Temporary Or Chronic?
Some instances of incontinence are steady and last for a long period of time while others are occasional or even acute occurrences. For example, you may only experience it when eating certain foods or drinking certain beverages. For example, consuming drinks such as alcoholic beverages, coffee, or soda may cause the condition by virtue of their natural diuretic properties. Avoiding drinking these may go a long way toward alleviating an acute condition but if it is chronic there may be a more serious condition behind it.
What Medical Conditions May Be Causing Incontinence?
The most likely conditions that may be causing an inability to control the bladder are usually those associated with that organ. Urinary tract infections are a prime example, causing significant irritation to the bladder and swelling of the urinary tract that can cause a frequent urge to urinate but may also result in a loss of ability to contain the flow. Other conditions not related to the bladder, such as problems with the rectum or prostate, may put undue pressure on the bladder and force accidental urination if untreated.
Incontinence In Women
Women can suffer persistent incontinence for a large number of reasons. During pregnancy, it may be a normal response to a fetus moving too close to the bladder or hormonal changes that are spurred on by the pregnancy. After childbirth, it may be experienced for a significantly long period of time as a result of the tissue or nerve damage suffered during the birthing process. There may be an underlying serious condition such as a prolapse which may need to be repaired surgically. However, the most common cause of incontinence in women is the changes that come later in life, including menopause.
Whether you are a man or a woman, if you are suffering from incontinence it is very important that you receive a full examination to rule out more serious medical conditions such as neurological disorders or even cancer. Don’t delay and get a screening today from the experts at Texas Urological Clinic in Lufkin. We offer many treatments and procedures that can help you to reclaim your life and your dignity.