First off, notice the picture I’ve posted here. Why in the world would I put a picture with both male and female when only females deal with leakage? Because men deal with it too. It’s simply not true to believe it is only pregnant women or women in general who deal with this. Another piece of education to consider is that it doesn’t only affect pregnant women. Yep, I said it. It can affect men, women, boys, girls. Of ALL ages.
Leakage in this context is the loss of urine that is out of your control. It is medically referred to as incontinence. There are 3 different “types” of leakage (incontinence) I want to describe here.
Urge incontinence: This is where you get this uncontrollable URGE to go the restroom which does not go away no matter how hard you try. Also, you will leak on yourself if you do not get to the restroom immediately. Typically treatment is tailored to making adjustments to behavioral activities such as taking note of water intake,learning your triggers and managing the urge, the proper posture during urination, bladder scheduling, etc.
Stress incontinence: This is where you cough, sneeze, laugh, jump, or do anything requiring exertion that causes urine leakage. This can be a little bit or a whole lot. I have seen stress incontinence in elderly, younger women who lift heavy, men following prostate surgery. Shoot, I had stress incontinence. That’s one of the reasons I am so passionate about what I’m educating you on now! Depending on how severe, the treatment typically involves pelvic floor muscle control and coordination training as well as behavioral modifications like noted above.
Mixed: Where you experience both of the above. The treatment varies here depending on the patient.
One takeaway I really want you to understand today is that:
NO MATTER WHAT AGE, NO MATTER HOW MANY KIDS, NO MATTER HOW ACTIVE, NO MATTER WHAT SEX… INCONTINENCE IS NOT NORMAL.
So, let’s stop talking about it and joking around like it is. It certainly is not and should be addressed in order to improve your quality of life.
Some things to consider if you feel you have incontinence of one of one the above categories:
Are you drinking enough water?
How are you sitting on the toilet?
What else do you drink consistently throughout the day?
How often do you urinate?
Do you drink fluids 2 hours before going to bed?
Once you’ve answered the above, you can really dig into what is causing your incontinence and what you can do to fix it. I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer to live a life without worrying about peeing myself…
Feel free to reach out with any questions!