Many health conditions are an effect of some root cause or the other. Incontinence is one such health condition, due to which a person loses the ability to control their bladder or bowel movements.
The treatment of incontinence is determined on the basis of the root cause as well as the severity of the issue. One can manage incontinence in many ways, like adult diapers and kegel exercises; but if treatable, it is better to opt for treatment as soon as it is detected. Listed below are the causes associated with bowel or urinary incontinence:
1. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Menopause
Pregnancy brings about hormonal changes, which, in addition to the extra pressure put on the bladder muscles due to the increased weight, also results in stress incontinence. In the case of vaginal delivery, there is a high possibility of the weakening of bladder muscles and damage to nerves and tissues. Overall, this affects the pelvic floor muscles, thereby leading to incontinence. During menopause, women tend to release less estrogen, being the hormone responsible for keeping the urethra healthy, which eventually leads to incontinence. In addition, any surgery associated with the reproductive system of women can damage the pelvic floor muscles, which can result in incontinence.
2. Medication and sedatives
Some types of medication can hamper the process of urinating, increase the quantity of urine released or damage the bladder muscles. Diuretics, also known as water tablets, enhance the production of urine. Did you know that alcohol and caffeine also act as diuretics? Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, usually taken to treat blood pressure issues, can lead to stress incontinence by causing a severe cough. Morphine, sedatives, excess ketamine, and antidepressants can also lead to incontinence.
3. Prostate Issues
Certain prostate problems, like Prostate Cancer and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), can result in incontinence among men. BPH is a condition in which men’s prostate glands grow larger than normal as they grow old, which makes it harder to release urine. It leads to overflow incontinence as it weakens bladder muscles, and eventually affects the person’s ability to empty the bladder completely.
4. Neurological Disorders
Disorders associated with the nervous system, like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes or a brain tumour, can affect one’s ability to have control over their bladder, thereby resulting in mild or severe incontinence.
5. Urinary Tract Infections
When the urinary tract gets bacterial or fungal infections, the person’s bladder is more likely to get affected, thereby causing sudden urges to urinate, resulting in incontinence. UTIs are common, especially among women.
Straining while you are passing a stool exhausts the pelvic floor muscles, thereby also weakening bladder muscles, which might result in stress urinary incontinence.
7. Extra weight
Obese people are also likely to suffer from incontinence, as additional weight acts as a catalyst by causing more pressure on the bladder.
Surgical treatments that focus on the lower abdominal part of the body can affect the bladder negatively, thereby resulting in incontinence.
Nicotine can exhaust the detrusor muscle, thereby increasing the possibility of urge incontinence.
Other than the ones listed above, there are few additional causes, like carbonated drinks, extremely spicy foods, excess sugar, and excess Vitamin C. So, it is evident that there are many things one needs to take into consideration, in order to prevent incontinence.
However, even if one starts suffering from incontinence during the process of unavoidable surgical treatments or therapy or medication, they can still manage it with Friends Adult Diapers and ultimately opt for further treatment. So, watch out for the things that can cause incontinence and always consult your doctor, before taking any medication.