Incontinence is the accidental or involuntary leakage of urine, faeces or wind.
It is a common condition; one in three women who have had a baby, and up to 10% of women who haven't had a baby, have bladder incontinence. There are always ways that incontinence can be improved.
Mild symptoms, unfortunately, tend to worsen over time, so seek help as soon as possible.
Medical History, Physical examination, Bladder Diary, Urodynamics Bladder Ultrasound, and Urine test are all appropriate diagnostic tools for incontinence. These procedures/tests help to identify possible underlying causes of incontinence.
The following may contribute to incontinence in women:
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Being overweight
- Chronic constipation that causes you to strain
- Chronic coughing
- Chronic back pain
- Frequent lifting of heavy objects, including children and weights at the gym
- Eduction in the hormone oestrogen after menopause
- Some medications
- Caffeinated drinks
- Pelvic or abdominal surgery