What is Urinary Incontinence: Symptoms, Causes and Management with Home Remedies

Just imagine you are in mid of an urgent meeting and there is leakage of urine. Oops!

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence

You are not a small child and have control of your bladder. So, why this thing will ever happen. That’s what you want to say, right…

But this may happen if you are suffering from urinary incontinence.

What is Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence may be defined as unconscious loss of urine. This happens as a result of fault bladder control. About 30 percent of citizens of united states suffer from it.. This condition may affect both men and females, but females are more prone to it. Often it is considered as a normal part of aging and is not given proper attention. But it’s just a myth and urinary continence should be treated. There are ways to manage it so that its effects are minimized and you do not become a target of embarrassment.

Urinary Incontinence and Home Remedies

Urinary Incontinence and Home Remedies

Urinary continence may of different types. Let us learn about them along with their causes and symptoms:

Causes and Symptoms of Urine Incontinence:

Stress Incontinence

It happens when the muscles of the pelvic floor get weakened. It is the commonest type of urinary incontinence seen in young women and second commonest type in older women. Activities that weakens the pelvic floor muscles such as lifting weight, exercising, sex, sneezing, coughing or any other activity that increasing physical strain on the muscles of the pelvic floor causes stress incontinence. The leakage amount varies from a few drops to 1 or more tablespoon depending on the severity.

Stress Incontinence

Stress Incontinence

Urge Incontinence

It occurs when the detrusor muscle becomes overactive. It is sudden and there is an overwhelming urge to pass urine that is accompanied with leakage of urine. Other symptoms include frequent urination and nighttime urination. There is variable loss. Changing the position or hearing the water, fall may also trigger bladder contraction and the urgent urge to urinate. It may occur to any one of any age group but is more common in women of advancing age.
This type of urinary incontinence may be caused due to neurological problems such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury or diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Alcohol consumption may also be a cause.

Overflow Incontinence

It may be defined as inability to empty the bladder completely leading to frequent and urgent dribbling of urine.

Diagnosis of Urine Incontinence

Your doctor may ask you to have urine tests like urine culture, a routine urine test to get into the root of the problem. You may also be asked to have a blood test and have an ultrasound in some cases.

Management of Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence may worsen due to certain medications. So do not try to self-medicate, nor change the dose without a doctor’s prescription. If you are on certain medication and doubt that the medicines are causing urinary incontinence consult your doctor about it so that substitutes can be suggested.

Management of  Urinary Incontinence

Management of Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence affects the quality of life. It may limit sex, cause depression and social withdrawal. It may have negative affection to your confidence and self-esteem. If this is your case, you need proper counseling so seek professional help.

Simple lifestyle changes can help you in mild cases of urinary incontinence such as drinking the only amount of fluid to avoid dehydration (8-9 glasses of water per day). Avoid caffeine. Limit intake of fluids in the night, Avoid smoking, alcohol and other carbonated drinks. Lose weight if you are overweight.

Home Remedies for Urinary Incontinence

Also below are some home remedies for urinary incontinence. Give them a try.

  1. Kegel Exercise-

    Tighten your pelvic floor muscles and hold for 8 seconds and then relax for 8 seconds. Repeat this for 10 minutes 3times in a day.

    Kegel Exercise

    Kegel Exercise

  2. Apple Cider Vinegar-

    Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and add half teaspoon honey to it. Drink this solution 3 times in a day.

  3. Meditation-

    Try meditation to train your brain to control the bladder.

    Meditation

    Meditation

  4. Cleavers-

    Steep 2 teaspoons of cleavers in a cup of steaming water for 10 minutes. Drink it 3 times in a day.

  5. Buchu-

    Steep a teaspoon of this herb in a cup of steaming water for 10 minutes. Strain this concoction and drink it.

    Buchu

    Buchu

Besides this take a diet rich in vitamin D and magnesium. A few sources of vitamin D are milk products, egg yolk, cheese, soy milk and beef liver.

A few sources of vitamin D

A few sources of vitamin D

Foods rich in magnesium are green leafy vegetables. Fish, whole grains, beans, nuts, dried fruits, dark chocolates, banana and yogurt.

Foods rich in magnesium

Foods rich in magnesium

Dear readers, if you are suffering from urinary incontinence, try any one or a combination of the above-mentioned home remedies for urinary incontinence and manage your condition. Still, if your condition does not improve or you suffer from severe urinary incontinence meet your doctor for diagnosis and treatment of the underlying cause.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician. Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holitic approach towards health and well being.

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