What is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a condition which affects our ability to control our bladders. The condition ranges from small leaks triggered by coughing, sneezing or jumping to more frequent heavy leaks causing the bladder to empty completely. Those suffering from urinary incontinence often manage this condition by wearing liners and other incontinence products on a daily basis.
What causes urinary incontinence?
In Women, there is often a noticeable change in bladder control after carrying a baby, it can also be triggered or worsened when we reach the menopause. There are three different types of urinary incontinence...
Stress urinary incontinence is when we experience leaks when our bodies are experiencing intra-abdominal pressure - this pressure is triggered by a range of everyday actions such as coughing or sneezing. This condition is especially common in Women after pregnancy.
Urge incontinence is when we experience a strong and uncontrollable urge to go to pass urine. This usually happens very suddenly so can be very difficult to manage. This type of incontinence is something anyone of any age can experience.
Mixed urinary incontinence is a combination of leaks triggered by coughing, sneezing and other inter-abdominal pressures combined with episodes of the sudden and uncontrollable needs to pass urine. This condition is common in menopausal Women.
What can I do about urinary incontinence?
The most effective way to improve urinary incontinence is to re-educate and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles this gives you back the control required to stop the passing of urine. As the pelvic floor muscle is not visible, it can be really difficult to know if we are doing the exercises correctly. To help you regain control we recommend BTL Emsella, this is a completely non-invasive treatment which strengthens the pelvic floor muscles.