What you should know about “urge” incontinence!
In my last blog, I introduced you to the most common urinary incontinence condition; namely, stress incontinence. We learned that stress incontinence, although quite common, especially with women, is associated with small amounts of leakage unlike more progressive incontinence conditions that are associated with larger amounts of leakage. We also learned that the products recommended for stress incontinence are incontinence liners and, in some instances, for greater coverage and more absorption, incontinence pads may be indicated.
In today’s blog, we will be discussing another incontinence condition known as URGE INCONTINENCE. I have come across several definitions of urge incontinence, but the most basic definition that one will relate to is: “urge incontinence is when you know you want to urinate but you cannot hold it long enough to make it to the bathroom in time”. The result is an involuntary loss of urine, which could be moderate to large.
Also associated with urge incontinence is the need to frequently urinate throughout the day and having to get up several times during the night to urinate (nocturia). Because of these symptoms, urge incontinence is commonly referred to as an overactive bladder (OAB). The exact cause of this type of incontinence is not known, but it’s thought that the bladder muscles send incorrect messages to the brain indicating that the bladder is fuller than it actually is. We also know that urge incontinence can be brought about by urinary tract infections (UTI) or bladder irritants, as well as chronic neurological ailments. Often times an individual could have a combination of both stress incontinence and urge incontinence. It should be mentioned that urge incontinence is quite common for the male gender and is usually associated with an enlarged prostate or prostate surgery; however, it is also common in women.
Pelvic floor exercises may improve control of both stress incontinence and urge incontinence by strengthening the muscles that support the bladder. These exercises are known as Kegel exercises and are commonly recommended by physicians and health care providers. The Kegel exercises will not be specifically addressed in this blog, but I promise to cover them in detail in a future blog so that you will be familiar with the various techniques used to practice these exercises.
At this point, please allow me to refresh your memory about self-confidence…always keep in mind, regardless of the symptoms or the causes of one’s incontinence, the tremendous improvements made in recent years with incontinence products will always allow you to successfully manage your personal condition. Again, you should not be obsessed with the fact that you have an incontinence condition; instead, you should reward yourself for understanding how to manage your incontinence condition.
Let’s now talk about the products that are recommended for urge incontinence. In most instances, incontinence pads are able to take care of the average amount of leakage that accompanies urge incontinence. Fortunately, manufacturers of incontinence pads offer a variety of pads for all degrees of urine leakage and selecting the correct pad is most often understanding what’s best for your own personal condition. Remember that the onset of urge incontinence may present itself with minimal to moderate amounts of leakage. However, as the condition progresses greater amounts of leakage may occur. If the amount of leakage becomes too great for the pad you are wearing, you can simply select an alternate pad that has a higher capacity of absorbency. The trick here is to know that you are not locked into a specific pad, and that there are options available to manage your condition as it continues to progress. The images found below are products that are suitable for urge incontinence. Click on them and determine which product is best for your present condition. Keep in mind that you can always speak to one of our incontinence specialist for advice.
Please, please do not rush through this step in making your selection. We know that most of you, when shopping on line, have a tendency to rush the process and get onto your next chore. However, in this blog I make an attempt to convince the reader to study the subject carefully so that she/he can make good decisions that not only puts a product in your hands, but instead, puts the correct product in your hands…the product that is going to be the best suited for your or a loved one’s incontinence condition.
At Careway Wellness Center our best selling incontinence Pads is the Tena brand. Because of Careway’s robust sales with the Tena brand, they are always on sale when you buy online. Of course, in addition to the Tena brand, we sell several other brands of incontinence pads, which can also be shopped online as well as our retail store. The Salk line for men is our best selling men’s product for urge incontinence.
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In my next blog, I will be discussing a more complex type of incontinence, which is Overflow Incontinence.