Urinary Incontinence is a completely normal – and treatable – health condition. Various factors trigger it, and certain treatment options will work for some, but not for others, because the causes vary so widely. Incontinence can result from UTIs, vaginal infections, or even constipation. Medication side effects can cause it, or it might be due to weak pelvic floor muscles, a weak bladder or related to hormone imbalances.
It’s essential to understand what is at the root of your Urinary Incontinence, and not just suffer silently. Many people are too embarrassed to discuss their condition – and sometimes even avoid treatment. If you avoid treating Urinary Incontinence, it can lead to complications like recurring UTIs or upper urinary tract damage. Urinary Incontinence can also be a clue you might be suffering other, more serious conditions that require treatment – ranging from a UTI to diabetes or even cancer.
Urinary Incontinence is a common medical condition involving the involuntary loss of bladder control - whether it is a slight leak when laughing or sneezing, or an unexpected, sudden, urgent need to urinate that causes you to void the entire contents of your bladder. Some people are completely unaware that they are leaking urine while walking, sitting or sleeping - until they experience a sensation of warmth or wetness. The experience of Urinary Incontinence can vary widely, as can its causes.
Urinary Incontinence can develop in any ethnicity or gender and at any age. It is most common in women and also more common as you age. It is often associated with age-related declines in both physical and cognitive function in older adults. Being overweight is a risk factor for urinary incontinence at any age. When not age-related, Urinary Incontinence is usually caused by an underlying medical condition, certain medications, or triggering foods and drinks.
Urinary Incontinence can also result from other causes, so it’s important to see a doctor when you experience symptoms. Some serious diseases – including cancer – can cause Urinary Incontinence.
There are two basic types of Urinary Incontinence – temporary or chronic. Examples of temporary causes may include constipation, overeating or too much fluid. Many temporary medical conditions – like urinary tract infections (UTIs) – can be at the root of temporary experiences of Urinary Incontinence.
Also, certain food, drink, supplements and medication can have a diuretic effect and cause temporary Urinary Incontinence, including:
Chronic Urinary Incontinence is often caused by medical conditions or factors, like aging, diabetes, kidney disease, prostate issues, neurological conditions, or cancer, especially if there are obstructive tumors. Menopause, pregnancy and childbirth, or any condition that causes hormone imbalance can also contribute to chronic Urinary Incontinence.
It is important to be evaluated for chronic incontinence because it can serve as a signal of underlying conditions requiring urgent treatment. Serious complications can develop if untreated, including UTIs and skin infections, rashes or sores, not to mention its impact on your quality of life at work or at home.
Urinary Incontinence is defined as the involuntary voiding of large or small amounts of urine. It can manifest itself in different ways, including the most common experience of leaking urine when coughing, laughing, sneezing, passing gas, exercising or even just bending over, sitting or standing. Urinary Incontinence symptoms also include:
A thorough medical history and a comprehensive assessment of your symptoms can be two of the most effective tools that can be used to diagnose Urinary Incontinence. Put together a list of your symptoms – not simply urinary symptoms, but all of your medical issues - prior to your first consultation with One Agora. It’s possible there may be other seemingly unrelated conditions and health problems contributing to your Urinary Incontinence.
Our goal is to uncover the root cause of your symptoms, so we can diagnose and treat your condition effectively. This may require medical testing for an accurate diagnosis. At One Agora, we have a great deal of experience in diagnosing Urinary Incontinence – and a proper diagnosis is the most important puzzle piece in your healing journey.
Because the causes of Urinary Incontinence will vary, the course of treatment will vary with each individual. Our primary treatment tools will likely include:
It’s also important to connect with a team that understands the complexity of female reproductive health and changing hormones is your most important step. The hormonal shifts that come with menopause can often trigger Urinary Incontinence. Female Hormone Replacement Therapy is the use of Bio-Identical Hormones (BHRT) to balance hormone levels. Certain lifestyle modifications may also be helpful in balancing hormones, as well as a medical nutrition plan to optimize female hormonal balance. Herbal remedies and acupuncture may be good choices for you. Targeted vitamins, supplements or IV vitamin therapy may also be helpful.
If these first-line methods are not effective, there are certain medications and surgeries that may be options for you, depending on what is the underlying cause of your Urinary Incontinence. At One Agora, we can work together to bring freedom from Urinary Incontinence.
Gather a list of symptoms related to Urinary Incontinence and any history of your attempts to counter symptoms in the past, along with your treatment questions or special requests – and we’ll put together a customized plan to address Urinary Incontinence.
One Agora Integrative Health Clinic
9220 James Ave S.
Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone: (952) 234-5898