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In an effort to help educate the public on bladder health, November has been deemed National Bladder Health Awareness Month.
Many bladder conditions can commonly cause an embarrassing problem called urinary incontinence. This problem effects millions of Americans, and women are twice as likely as men to suffer from incontinence -regardless of age. In fact over 13 million Americans have incontinence and many more may be secretly dealing with it.
Two Common Types of Urinary Incontinence
Stress incontinence (the most common type of urinary incontinence) is leakage of urine, usually resulting from; sneezing, jogging, laughing, coughing or lifting something heavy. This is a common bladder problem in younger women.
Stress incontinence happens with the muscles and tissues around the bladder become weakened and the bladder opening doesn’t say closed properly. When there is pressure against the bladder, this results in urine leakage. Common causes of bladder muscle weakening include; pregnancy, weight gain, vaginal childbirth and sports injuries.
Urge Incontinence is a sudden urge to urinate which may result in large amounts of urine leakage. Urge incontinence can be induced by running water, or in many cases by no reason at all. Urge incontinence is caused by spasms of the bladder muscles-resulting from nerve or muscle damage from a stroke, infection, inflammation of the bladder or other conditions.
In honor of National Bladder Health Awareness month, here are some tips for preventing and improving bladder problems and urinary incontinence.
Keep in mind that avoiding urinary tract infections can also lend to overall bladder health and prevention of urinary incontinence. Drink plenty of water each day and avoid holding the urge to urinate are for bladder health.
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