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Urinary Incontinence - That Menacing Condition

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"Could I use the restroom please?" my eyes searched frantically for the door that said 'Ladies' even as I asked for it.

"The hall way to your right, go all the way the ladies room is on the left."

I thanked him and made my way through the aisles trying not to bump into anything in my haste. By the time I reached the restroom I was almost about to explode. I twisted and turned and held my thighs close together as I struggled to free the belt and open the zipper of my jeans. I couldn't describe the relief and pleasure of unburdening my bladder at that moment. I breathed easily at last. I got up, flushed the toilet and put my zipper on and waited for a minute to see if I felt any sensation of my bladder wanting to go again. Sure enough it did and I unzipped my pants again and sat on the toilet again to make sure I was empty completely this time. I suffered with poor bladder control ever since I gave birth to my youngest son.

Urinary incontinence is defined as failure to control the urinary bladder muscles leading to uncontrollable flow of urine. In other words, loss of bladder control. There are several types of urinary incontinence including : stress incontinence, urge incontinence, mixed incontinence, functional incontinence, and over flow incontinence.

Stress incontinence is a temporary condition that could be the result of weakened urethral muscles. People with this condition suffer with leakage of urine or wetting clothes, during physical exercises or lifting heavy weights, during laughing, coughing, sneezing. This happens mainly due to the weakened sphincter muscles at the neck of the bladder that make the bladder to contract and control the flow of the urine. Physical therapy of the pelvic floor muscles to strengthen or restraining the urethral muscles are the treatment methods for the stress incontinence.

Urge incontinence is a condition where there is a sudden urge to urinate sometimes in a matter of seconds and losing control of the bladder. This mainly happens in women and elderly.

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