Nearly half of American women will experience some sudden loss of bladder control at some time in their life, prompting them to ask, “What are the incontinence causes for me?” It is not simply the older or the Rubenesque women. That is every other woman you pass on the street! Female college athletes experience a substantial rate of incontinence as well as mothers in their 30’s and 40’s. Hey, moms – we all know who the real athlete is here! The exact number of women with urinary incontinence is difficult to determine because the intensely personal nature of incontinence affects reporting. There is a pervasive fear of judgement by others not just from a stain or odor to diminished sexual performance/ enjoyment. They want their allure and freedom back and to do that, they need to understand the cause(s) of their incontinence. Treat the cause(s); not the symptom(s).
Some studies suggest a woman may be born with factors that may make her prone to developing incontinence. Genetic birth defects in the development of the urinary tract are an example. But in some cases, a woman’s inclination to discuss the matter with a healthcare professional will affect the statistics. So as some data suggests, is it possible that a woman is more likely to have incontinence if other females in her family have it too, or, is a woman among other women in a family where other family members have incontinence more likely to report it because she knows incontinence should be discussed responsively? Neurological problems that affect the brain and spine, which may develop later in life and may not necessarily be from birth can adversely affect urination control.
Urinary incontinence is not a disease nor is it a consequence of aging. Urinary incontinence can be caused by events during a woman’s life. These events can either weaken the pelvic floor muscles or cause the muscles of the pelvic floor to atrophy from inactivity. Weakening of the pelvic floor muscles causes the visceral organs to shift which places pressure on the bladder and results in what is commonly known as stress urinary incontinence. These events include:
- Birthing and related surgery which can damage the prudential nerve which can release the natural tension in pelvic floor muscle tissues. Indeed, a number of studies suggest the strain of vaginal deliveries significantly increase the chances of developing urinary incontinence:
· Sports or work where repetitive bouncing occurs (e.g., horseback riding).
· Long term chronic coughing can weaken muscles from the constant repetitive strain.
· Obesity can weaken the muscles of the pelvic floor from the unceasing strain
When the pelvic muscles are atrophied, they can contract spasmodically causing urge incontinence.
· Muscle atrophy from physical inactivity can weaken muscles and cause them to spasm or
· Some researchers suggest menopause reduces production of the hormone that keeps the lining of the bladder and urethra healthy, but hormone therapy to treat insentience is not definite.
Mixed incontinence happens when the patient has both urge and stress urinary incontinence.
The medical profession will sometimes address the symptom suggesting two solutions: medication or surgery. But many physicians and physical therapists will recommend exercise as the primary action to treat the cause – it means, to improve pelvic floor muscle tone.
Kegel exercises are often recommended. Unfortunately, most women who try to tone their pelvic floor muscles with Kegel exercises find it difficult to determine if they have performed the exercise correctly. As with any exercise, the benefit gained from the exercise is significantly diminished if the Kegel exercise protocol is poorly executed. So, many physicians and physical therapists recommend Electroceuticals to tone the pelvic floor muscles safely and efficiently. When we exercise naturally, our mind sends a mild electrical impulse to the muscles to work. Muscle Stim differs only in that a device communicates the exact correct instructions to your muscles through your skin. In as little as 20 min a day you can have a comfortable clinically proven effective work-out with an FDA Cleared Electroceutical. For more on Electroceuticals, see Yarlap, FDA Cleared and the first of its type for personal use for that “in and up feeling” for effective muscle tone. Plus, the Yarlap® has three pre-set clinically proven programs for pelvic floor muscle massage. The Yarlap® does all the work for you.