If you don’t understand what’s happening and why, the condition can quickly become a life-limiting prison of fear and embarrassment. But with the right information and attitude, women with mild bladder control problems can enjoy everyday activities with security and confidence.Understanding the basics of mild incontinence is the first step in managing it. The most common form of incontinence is stress incontinence, which is related to weakness of the pelvic floor muscles. These are the muscles that contract to “hold in” urine, and when they are weakened they sometimes fail to contract sufficiently to prevent leakage.
For women with mild stress incontinence, any action or activity that puts sudden additional pressure or stress on the bladder can lead to leakage. That’s why even sneezing, laughing, coughing, lifting, running, jumping, or any vigorous movement can result in embarrassing wetness.
In younger women, mild temporary stress incontinence is often caused by pregnancy and childbirth, which put tremendous strain on the pelvic floor muscles. However as we age the pelvic floor muscles also tend to lose tone and strength, and mild stress incontinence is very common in postmenopausal women. In fact, the National Association For Continence estimates that as many as one out of every five women over 40 regularly experiences some degree of stress incontinence.
The second most common form of incontinence that leads to light bladder leakage is urge incontinence, sometimes referred to as “overactive bladder”. Unlike stress incontinence, which is caused by sudden physical pressure on the bladder, this type of incontinence is triggered by the sensation of bladder fullness.
People with normal continence generally feel an urge to relieve themselves when the bladder is about half full, and they have no problem holding in the urine until getting to a bathroom is convenient. In cases of urge incontinence, even a small amount of urine in the the bladder sends “too full” message, and the muscles contract to expel it immediately, making it very difficult to get to a bathroom in time to avoid wetness.
The causes of urge incontinence are not fully understood, but it is a condition that becomes more common as we age. Many older women experience a combination of urge and stress incontinence, referred to as mixed incontinence.
The first, most crucial step in coping with light bladder leakage is to recognize it for what it is. Both stress incontinence and urge incontinence are extremely common physical conditions that require some management, but which are nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. No matter what your age, there are steps you can take to keep mild bladder leakage from becoming a life-limiting condition.
InControl Medical is convinced the InTone device will significantly improve your unwanted bladder leakage if used under a physician’s guidance and for the prescribed period of time. Obviously, compliance with the 90 day exercise routine is essential to success. However, if your condition is not improved after following the protocol properly, InControl will refund your money minus a small disposal fee. InControl Medical is the only company in this field with the confidence to guarantee its product.