Female Incontinence

Written by Norene Anderson
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Female incontinence affects a large portion of the estimated 13 to 19 million Americans with urinary incontinence. One of the common causes for long-term incontinence is from childbirth. Depending on the extent of the injury, the recovery time can vary from a few days to weeks or months. Some surgical procedures can result in long-term incontinence.

Short-term female incontinence is more likely attributed to an infection of the bladder or the urinary tract, constipation, or side effects from medications. These are usually easy to resolve with treatment. If the incontinence is medication related, it is frequently because the bladder muscles become too relaxed or the nerve signals are blocked between the bladder and the brain. Changing medication will often remedy the situation.

Varieties of Female Incontinence

It is very helpful for the doctor in prescribing the best treatment if the type of female incontinence can be determined. Understanding the different types of incontinence will help you guide the doctor in the right direction. Stress incontinence usually happens just like it sounds. When you are doing something stressful such as exercising, coughing, or sneezing, there is a sudden uncontrollable loss of urine.

Urge incontinence lets you know you need to urinate, but the bladder does not give you time to get to a restroom before it releases. Mixed incontinence is a combination of both, depending on the circumstances. Other types of incontinence include overflow, functional, and total. Maintain a record of the occurrences and your activity at the time of incontinence. This will help the physician determine the type of incontinence and prescribe an appropriate treatment.

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