Types of Incontinence
Incontinence can appear in many different ways, as physicians understand it to show itself in multiple varieties for women.
To better understand incontinence treatment options and how to handle your case of incontinence, it helps to understand the different types of incontinence and the causes and symptoms related to each.
The different types of incontinence include:
This type of incontinence involves the involuntary loss of urine during activities that increase physical stress and pressure in the abdomen and bladder.
These include laughing, sneezing, coughing, exercising, heavy lifting, and having sex.
Stress incontinence is most often caused by a weak pelvic floor, pregnancy, or menopause.
An estimated 15 million women in the United States are affected by this condition each year, making it the most common form of incontinence among women. Stress incontinence can occur at any time.
However, the physical changes of pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause can weaken the pelvic floor and the ligaments that support the bladder making you especially susceptible to stress incontinence.
Urge incontinence is identified by the involuntary loss of a considerable amount of urine for no apparent reason after feeling a sudden, urgent need to use the restroom.
Most people with urge incontinence urinate very frequently and are not always able to make it to the bathroom in time.
Many urinate more than eight times per day and have to get up for the bathroom more than twice overnight.
This condition occurs twice as frequently in women as in men and becomes more common with age.
An estimated 12.2 million adults in the U.S. are affected by urge incontinence every year. It is triggered by abnormal nerve signals or muscle damage, which causes muscle spasms in the bladder wall. In addition, these spasms can create the feeling of a continuous, uncontrollable, and uncomfortably urgent need to urinate.
This condition involves symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence coinciding. It can involve leakage of varying degrees in tandem with strenuous physical activity and an overwhelmingly strong urge to urinate.
If you experience stress incontinence and are unable to hold off the urge once it begins, it is likely you are experiencing mixed incontinence. Most people who have incontinence have mixed incontinence since both stress and urge incontinence are triggered by similar factors in the abdomen and nerves of the bladder.
These same factors that trigger stress and urge incontinence are involved in mixed incontinence. They include a weakened pelvic floor and damaged tissues that can contribute to making you susceptible to leakage along with physical activities that increase pressure in the abdomen. Abnormal nerve signals trigger inappropriate contractions of the muscles in the bladder wall, creating the uncontrollable urge to urinate.
Total incontinence is the most severe form of incontinence, and it involves the complete loss of bladder control.
This condition often requires the insertion of a catheter so that uncontrollable leakage does not occur.
People who have suffered spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, or a disorder that affects proper nerve function are the most likely to develop total incontinence.
If the nerves that control the bladder are sufficiently damaged, then they will no longer be able to properly manage the urge to urinate and store urine.
If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, contact us today to discuss your options for treatment. One of the new treatments that is helping women across the country combat incontinence is the ThermiVa™ treatment offered by HealthGAINS.
ThermiVa™ uses radio frequency waves to gently warm and heal the tissues of the vagina. It has been shown to help women not only improve the look and feel but also improve healthy urinary function.
When you call HealthGAINS, you’ll be connected with a Wellness Adviser who can help you find the treatment plan that is right for you.