The bladder is a balloon like muscle that is responsible for storing and releasing urine through the urethra. Urination is an activity that is controlled by the nerves, muscles, the spinal cord and the brain. As a person grows older, controlling this activity becomes easier and then as a person ages, they also lose some control over their bladders, thus causing urinary incontinence.
Urinary incontinence, according to Wikipedia is an involuntary leakage of urine. In simpler terms, it is a bladder problem that occurs when one is not able to control their bladder, thus the involuntary leakage of urine. This is a common problem for children who are just starting to potty train however it can also be a symptom of a very serious illness in adults, but not to worry, because it is often treatable. Urinary incontinence products like pills, catheters, adult diapers, protective underwear and undergarment shields, can come in handy when you are suffering from bladder control issues. Products used to treat incontinence can be quite expensive, and in a research done in the US, most nursing homes’ expenses go to incontinence products.
Women are more prone to urinary incontinence than men because of the placement of the bladder and the urethra. It basically has something to do with anatomy. Obesity and diabetes are two of the most common health problems that cause urinary incontinence in women. There is also such a thing as coital incontinence, which occurs during intercourse and is usually a cause of pelvic floor disorders in women. In men, urinary incontinence can be caused by either aging and it is more common in men above 60 but can also occur in younger men. It is usually an effect of treatments for prostate cancer. Problems with men’s bladder muscles can cause urinary incontinence, when it involuntarily relaxes or contracts releasing urine.
Aside from the use of urinary incontinence products, there are a lot of other alternative treatments to cure this. Medication and surgery are the most common treatments, but patients can also opt for behavior management. Treatments vary according to the cause of the incontinence, so the less serious the cause is, the less invasive the treatment becomes as well.