10 Facts about Incontinence
- Over 10% of the population is affected by urinary incontinence but rarely talk about it. Two-thirds of men and women age 30-70 have never discussed bladder health with their doctor. One out of ten women in the general population has fecal incontinence, with one in fifteen of these women suffering from moderate to severe symptoms.
- Two-thirds of individuals who experience loss of bladder control symptoms do not use any treatment or product to manage their incontinence.
- Incontinence doesn’t just affect elderly, ill and bedridden. 1 in 4 women over 18 leak urine involuntarily, and one-third of men and women ages 30 to 70 have lost bladder control at some point as adults.
- 53% of the homebound older persons are incontinent, and UI is one of the 10 leading diagnoses among homebound persons.7 More than half of all residents in nursing homes are incontinent and it is the second leading cause of institutionalization.
- Two different types of incontinence: stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Stress incontinence, the most common form of incontinence, means you leakurinewhen you increase the pressure on the bladder, as in coughing, sneezing or exercise. It happens when the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder are weakened. Urge incontinence means the bladder contracts when it should not, causing someurineto leak through the sphincter muscles. It is also known as overactive bladder.A sudden and uncontrollable need to urinate can be brought on by the sound of running water, drinking a small amount of liquid, or being confronted with a locked door.
- Drinking plenty of water in small doses throughout the day can actually help stop leakage, improve bladder control, and reduce odor.
- It is a common problem in men. Men can have either stress incontinence or urge incontinence. It could be related to prostate problems. An enlarged prostate can put pressure on the urethra with which urine leaves the body and cause frequent urination. Radiation therapy or surgery for prostate cancer can seriously affect bladder control as well.
- Kegal exercises can help. Women are often told to do Kegel exercises, the act of squeezing the muscles you'd use to stop urinating. These exercises also work for men too. When practiced regularly, they help bladder control.
- Surgery is not the only option to help with incontinence. It can be too risky to worsen incontinence. Try lifestyle change or non-surgical options, like medication, first.
- The social costs of UI are high and even mild symptoms affect social, sexual, interpersonal, and professional function.