5 Common Causes of Urinary Incontinence

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Most people are surprised to learn that urinary incontinence affects about 25 million people in the United States. That's because most people who live with this medical condition don't like to talk about it, for obvious reasons. Put the stigma aside for a second and realize that this is a pretty common health issue. Not only is it common, but it's treatable (even at home).

Of course, knowing what causes these embarrassing issues is also extremely important. To help you better understand this common medical issue, here are a few common causes of urinary incontinence you should be aware of: 

1. Stress

Unfortunately, stress can strike anyone at any time. Being able to identify when you're stressed and figure out how to combat that stress, however, is extremely important. If you can figure out how to lower your stress levels, your chances of developing serious incontinence problems will be far less. 

2. Weak pelvic muscles

It can be difficult to tell if you actually have weak pelvic muscles, which is why it's important that you stay in contact with your doctor. Even so, you should try to monitor your body as best you can. If you suspect you do have weak pelvic muscles, do your best to strengthen them by working on kegel exercises. 

3. Age

The rates of urinary incontinence increase with age. Roughly 20% to 30% of young women suffer from urinary incontinence, 30% to 40% of middle-aged women, and 50% of older women. Unfortunately, you can't fight time.

4. Too much liquid

Drinking liquids like coffee, alcohol, and drinks that are filled with vitamin C can lead to urinary incontinence. Also, in addition to alcohol, coffee, and other liquids, you should keep the drinking to a minimum to prevent potential leakage. 

Certain medications
Unfortunately, some medications that aren't related to urinary problems at all can actually lead to them in the future. Again, be sure to stay in regular contact with your doctor and find out what types of medication you should avoid. 

5. Pregnancy

Uriniary issues are extremely common during pregnancy. Because of changes in hormones and the actual weight provided from the fetus, incontinence issues can begin to arise. 

There are plenty more causes of urinary incontinence that you should be aware of. Be sure to speak with your doctor if you think you're at risk of developing any serious medical condition. If you want to learn more about how to treat urinary incontinence, contact Yarlap right away. 

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