There are many cases of urinary incontinence that can be persistent or permanent. Unfortunately, there are not many factors that can be changed or adjusted once these conditions have set-in, luckily, many incontinence products are available to help make life a little easier on both the caregiver and the patient.
- Pregnancy & Childbirth – Childbirth can cause incontinence in women. Women have the wonderful and unique gift to be able to bring new life into the world, but the effects of doing so last a lifetime. During gestation, women can experience both urinary and fecal incontinence due to the pressure of the baby's weight upon the bladder and bowels. In addition to the growing fetus, there is also a plethora of hormones that can trigger the ""urge to go"" sensation. During delivery, muscles of the bladder can become irreversibly weakened. Once these muscles have been strained or weakened, they cannot be rehabilitated.
- Aging – As we age, muscles weaken and a decrease in the bladder's capacity occurs as a result of those weakened muscles. As the holding capacity of the bladder diminishes, so do the intervals between pit-stops. Also, menopause and surgeries of the reproductive system can also encourage incontinence. As estrogen decreases in the bodies of women, continence can also decrease.
- Bladder Stones and Cancer – Both of these afflictions can only be diagnosed by a doctor, but commonly include incontinence as a symptom. Burning while urinating, urgency and incontinence can indicate serious problems. Make sure to see a doctor if this has become an issue for you.
- Obstructions – Urinary stones are the most common culprit of obstructions in the urinary tract. However, there are occasions where tumors or growths have blocked passages in the tract. The irritation and irregular flow pattern can cause incontinence or "over-flow leakage."
- Neurological Illness – Neurological illness affects almost every inch of a body. Nerves tell our bodies to or not to do things, and once they have been affected there is little chance of repair. The urge to go is triggered by the brain after the nerves have relayed that information to it - it's like a game of telephone. When illness sets in, sometimes those lines get crossed or the receptionist is just not there to forward the call. With this breaks down, incontinence is unfortunately an inevitable issue that many patients face.
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