Urinary or fecal incontinence (UI/FI) can cause great discomfort – it can be scary, embarrassing, and isolating. Bladder or bowel leakage occurs in up to 50% of women and up to 30% of men.
Being very common does not make it normal or inevitable!
There are a wide range of contributing factors including:
Variety of other musculoskeletal changes
Luckily there are also a diverse range of strategies, interventions, tools and behaviors that can address these symptoms. Let’s go ahead and talk a little about urinary incontinence. First – there are multiple types of incontinence including:
Stress incontinence occurs with increased abdominal pressure such as sneezing, laughing, coughing, bending, and lifting.
Urge incontinence occurs when an urge to go to the bathroom can not be overcome resulting in incontinence.
Mixed incontinence is typically a combination of stress and urge incontinence.
Functional incontinence occurs when you are not functionally able to reach a bathroom when an urge to urinate emerges.
Overflow incontinence occurs when the bladder overfills and can not store more urine at that time.
Fecal incontinence occurs with decreased ability to control a bowel movement that may result in full loss or staining.
It is never too late to work on these issues!
“I’ve had this issue for a while so I’m going to wait until: I’m done having children, my schedule is easier, things get worse etc.”
Sound familiar? Unfortunately the research tells us if you have any type of urinary incontinence you are seven times more likely to develop fecal incontinence and more develop even further complications.
So don’t wait.
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