Urge incontinence is a widespread variety of incontinence that occurs when you get an uncontrollable urge to urinate and your bladder may leak before you can get to a toilet. It is usually due to involuntary bladder contractions.
Urge incontinence is the second most common variety of incontinence after stress incontinence. Women are more likely to suffer from urge incontinence than men are. This type of incontinence occurs when your bladder contracts without you intentionally wanting it to, leaving you little or no time to get to the bathroom.
Urge incontinence causes your bladder to contract and leak without you wanting it to. If your bladder is fully functioning, the bladder muscle is generally relaxed while the bladder is filling. When it gets to about 50% full, you may start to feel an urge to use the toilet. Once you have felt the need to go urinate, you still have some time to get to the bathroom before your bladder is so full it starts to leak. However, in people who suffer from urge incontinence, the bladder seems to give the incorrect message to the brain. It sends a message to the bladder telling it to contract even though it is not particularly full. As a result you will suddenly need to use the toilet.
One of the reasons that urge incontinence may develop without a medical reason to do so is that the part of the brain in the frontal lobe that controls urination may undergo changes that impair its functions.
Urge incontinence is normally caused by an underlying ailment such as bladder stones, MS, effects from a stroke or a bladder infection. In some cases, the cause of urge incontinence may not be known. In women who have gone through menopause, a lack of oestrogen may cause urge incontinence to develop.
These conditions may cause urge incontinence:
If there is no identified cause, urge incontinence is also called an overactive bladder syndrome or unstable bladder. Urge incontinence can cause you to leak large amounts of urine and this can often happen when you are asleep.
If at any time, you notice a burning sensation accompanied by a strange odour when you urinate, there is a good chance that a urinary infection is causing your urge incontinence. Age is often a key factor for incontinence sufferers, so those enjoying their twilight years may find they are more prone to urge incontinence.
Just because you suffer from urge incontinence doesn’t mean that you have to look out for a bathroom wherever you go or take a spare pair of pants or underwear in case your bladder acts up. Urge incontinence cannot always be cured but 99% of the time it can be managed with the right incontinence treatment options.
What treatment option you choose for your urge incontinence will normally depend on the severity of the affliction affecting you and the quantity of urine you leak each day. Your doctor will usually start treating the ailment with the least invasive treatment option. One of the main things your doctor needs to get right in terms of successfully managing your urge incontinence is a correct diagnosis. As urge incontinence is normally a result of another underlying condition, that underlying condition needs to be correctly identified and treated. If left untreated, urge incontinence can affect the sufferers social, professional and sex life, so it’s best to get treatment sooner rather than later.
Here are the most commonly used urge incontinence treatment techniques, exercises and tips:
Recent studies put the number of people worldwide suffering from urge incontinence at between 50 and 100 million, which is a comforting fact if you suffer from an overactive bladder. So remember you aren’t alone. Urge incontinence can cause a great amount of stress and disruption to anyone suffering from the ailment. However, with the afore-mentioned treatment techniques, along with advice from your urologist, you can lead a relatively incident free life. So don’t see urge incontinence as an inevitable part of your life, fight back and regain control over your bladder.