Urinary incontinence means that one cannot control one’s bladder. This may happen due to certain factors such as:
- As one advances in age, the bladder and its muscles may begin to lose their elasticity. This may also happen as a side effect of an illness such as Parkinson’s, seizures and kidney stones.
- One may also start to experience urinary incontinence during pregnancy because the weight of the baby can put pressure on the pelvic floor.
- Giving birth can also weaken the pelvic muscles or even damage the pelvic nerves.
- Consumption of too much spicy food, alcohol and soda can cause urinary incontinence.
- During menopause, women’s estrogen production reduces, this hormone is associated with the healthy tissue in the bladder lining. The declining level of estrogen can contribute to incontinence.
Incontinence can start at any age but majority of women who experience urinary incontinence are between the ages of 30 and 80. Mid-life and later life experiences tend to trigger the incontinence.
The age that a woman had her first child and the age that she starts experiencing menopause can also affect her pelvic floor.
Holding your pee for a long time and not emptying your bladder in good time can also affect the elasticity of your bladder.
The frequency of the symptoms of urinary incontinence varies from woman to woman. It is actually a common condition that is treatable if we seek medical attention in good time.