What is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. In short, it's when someone dribbles or leaks urine unintentionally.
Why does this happen?
There are many reasons, but let's go over a few basic urinary concepts.
- The body stores approximately 2 cups of urine in the bladder.
- During urination, muscles in the bladder tighten to move urine into a tube called the urethra.
- At the same time, the muscles around the urethra relax and let the urine pass out of the body.
That's how it's supposed to work.
But when the muscles in and around the bladder don’t work the way they should, urine can leak.
So urinary incontinence typically occurs if the muscles relax without warning.
While urinary incontinence can happen to anyone, at any age, it's far more likely to happen in an elderly female.
The severity of incontinence can range from occasionally leaking urine while coughing or sneezing, to having an urge to urinate that's so sudden and strong people cannot get to a toilet in time.
For most people, simple lifestyle changes can ease discomfort or stop urinary incontinence all together.