Urinary Incontinence Awareness

Urinary Incontinence Awareness

Urinary Incontinence

Dr. Riffat Sadiq

Urinary Incontinence, the involuntary release if urine, occurs due to a urinary tract issue. Common among older adults, urinary incontinence can be acute (temporary) or chronic. Some possible causes of acute urinary incontinence include a urinary tract infection, medication side effect, constipation, and bladder stones. Chronic urinary incontinence typically occurs as wither urge incontinence or Stress incontinence. Urge incontinence occurs with an overactive bladder that leads to a strong urge to urinate, even when the bladder isn’t full. An overactive bladder can develop from irritation, emotional stress, or certain medical conditions. Stress incontinence involves the loss of urine when pressure on the abdomen occurs from sneezing, laughing, or exercising. It develops when the bladder drops too low in the pelvis.

There are five ways through which you can prevent the Urinary Incontinence:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight.
  2. Practice pelvic floor exercises.
  3. Avoid bladder irritants, such as caffeine, alcohol and acidic foods.
  4. Eat more fiber, which can prevent constipation, a cause of urinary incontinence.
  5. Don't smoke, or seek help to quit if you're a smoker.

It is imperative that the patient realizes the medical physician’s dual role as scientific and social professional, and feels comfortable discussing a problem of this nature with his or her doctor. At WNY Medical, we listen to our patients in an effort to create a strong partnership in healthcare. We handle all aspects of family health, but specialize in internal medicine and geriatrics. We are happy to help you care for your health, and every question you ask is considered important to your future healthcare. Call (716) 923-4383 for an appointment.

P.S. Urinary incontinence can be treated with exercises, medications, or surgery.