Incontinence is the loss of control of your bladder or bowel. Incontinence is not a disease but instead it is a sign of a disorder. Various conditions can cause incontinence, such as Pelvic surgery, prostate surgery, aging or even after giving birth.
About 14 million persons in America alone are incontinent with more than three quarters of that number being women.
Incontinence is a problem with the urinary system, this system involves the bladder, the kidney, ureters and the urethra.
The kidney filters waste fluid from your blood in the urine which is collected in the bladder, the bladder passes urine out through the urethra which is controlled by the sphincter muscle. This muscle plays a vital role in your continence or lack thereof.
The bladder will store urine until you are ready to walk normally to the washroom but when any part of this urinary system is not working properly incontinence erupts, sometimes literally, because you will find that some people experience a severe spasm which dictates that you must pee right this very moment and there is no way of controlling that urge. This kind of spasm is experienced sometimes after prostate surgery.
Research suggests that about half of all nursing home residents are incontinent of urine and many of them experience loss of bowel control as well and that incontinence is widespread affecting people of all ages including children and young adults.
Incontinence is a symptom and not a disease and because of that any treatment method will depend on a diagnostic result, treatment of incontinence may vary and quite frequently, it involves a combination of medicine, behavioral modification, pelvic muscle re-conditioning, collection devices, and absorbent products.
Despite the high success rates in treating incontinence, only one out of every twelve persons affected seeks help mainly because of a lack of understanding of what is happening in their body and their not wanting to feel humiliated.
Many types of treatments are available for incontinent people; again this treatment depends on your particular situation.
After considering your specific case, a qualified specialist can recommend the treatment which is appropriate for you.
The quality of the products available for incontinence are not always what you would expect so before you commit to any brand it would be a good idea to see what the alternatives are and always request a sample if you can.