Urinary incontinence is a sensitive subject, but it need not be. The loss of bladder control is an embarrassing yet very common problem. If you are plagued by incontinence, you are not alone. Almost 10% of Canada’s population experiences bladder loss in some form - that’s approximately 3.3 million Canadians who use adult diapers and who are experiencing problems similar to your own. When it comes to incontinence, it’s important to remember that it’s not a disease, it’s a symptom, and there are ways to make yourself more comfortable when you experience it. Bladder loss occurs under many different circumstances. The severity of this ailment ranges from simply leaking urine or a sudden urge to urinate that is so intense, you can’t make it to the bathroom in time. Despite the assumed stigma associated with adult diapers, they’re an incredibly common product for adults to use, and are the best option to prevention against embarrassing accidents. Instead of seeing your incontinence as a problem, start seeing it as an occurrence that can be easily handled with the help of Age Comfort!
How Incontinence Occurs
The role of your body’s urinary system lies within the kidneys. Your kidneys filter surplus substances from the blood stream to the bladder. Your bladder is a muscular bag that can hold up to 500ml at its fullest – that’s roughly 2 cups. But, before your bladder reaches its maximum capacity, it tells your brain it’s time to go to the bathroom. Urine then passes down to the urethra that remains closed by two sphincter muscles. The inner sphincter opens to signal it’s time to go; however, the outer sphincter is how you control your bladder. The pelvic floor muscles that rest beneath the bladder and around the urethra work together with the outer sphincter to ensure you don’t experience any leakage before you reach the toilet.
When you suffer from incontinence, you are involuntarily relinquishing control, leaving you in need of adult diapers or pads to protect you from leakage.
Types and Causes of Incontinence
There are five types of urinary incontinence:
Stress incontinence Leakage occurs when your bladder experiences pressure from laughing, sneezing, coughing etc.
Urge incontinence You experience an intense sudden urge to urinate that is trailed by a compulsory loss of urine
Overflow incontinence Your bladder is incapable of fully emptying so you experience a constant dribbling sensation
Functional incontinence Physical or mental impairments such as arthritis or mobility issues, may keep you from getting to the toilet in time
Mixed incontinence You are plagued by more than one type of bladder leakage
Incontinence has many causes:
Childbirth Vaginal delivery may weaken or damage the bladder control muscles creating prolapsed (dropped) pelvic floor
Age Your bladder ages with you and its capacity to store urine fades over time
Menopause Post-menopause, less estrogen is produced and this hormone is needed to keep the bladder and urethra lining in shape
Urinary tract infection This is temporary and can be treated
Constipation Also temporary and treatment is available
Pregnancy Produced by the increased weight of the uterus and hormonal changes within the body
Hysterectomy Surgeries that deal with a woman’s reproductive system can harm the supporting pelvic floor muscles
Enlarged prostate This is more common in older men in which a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia can occur
Prostate cancer Incontinence is often a side effect of the treatments involved in remedying this form of cancer
Diabetes Sometimes the medications used to control type 2 diabetes can weaken bladder control
Obstructions Tumors or urinary stones can form and block the movement of urine, leading to overflow
Neurological disorders Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, strokes and even spinal injuries can inhibit the nerve signals involved in bladder control
There is no need to feel ashamed if you suffer from incontinence. Age Comfort has many discreet products including adult diapers of many thicknesses and sizes that can help prevent leakage, and will allow you to subtly deal with your bladder control issues. If you’re looking for an inconspicuous way to help with your day-to-day urine problems, you can trust Age Comfort to help you get your life back to normal.