Urinary Incontinence - FAQs
I noticed that soon after childbirth, I sometimes end up leaking urine while I cough or sneeze. Can it be treated?
Yes. It is a common condition seen in most women after childbirth. It affects mothers who had a vaginal delivery, which is responsible for the weakness of pelvic muscles and bladder control. It resolves easily with strengthening exercises of the buttock muscles. You may consult our doctors and learn about Kegel exercises that will help attain bladder control. If it still continues, you may need further evaluation.
I am 21 years old. Recently I noticed that whenever I twist or turn my body, I leak some amount of urine. Is there any way to prevent my condition?
Yes. Even though you are too young to suffer from weak bladder control, identifying and treating it early will bring about better results. Do consult our doctors for further evaluation.
I am gaining weight rapidly. But I am unable to exercise because physical exercise weakens my bladder control. Can you help me?
You probably suffer from stress incontinence, and exercising does make the symptoms worse. At the same time, weight gain can worsen your symptoms. You need to train your pelvic muscles to minimise stress incontinence. In addition, get medical help to identify and treat underlying medical conditions, if any.
Myths and Facts
- Smaller bladders are prone to urinary incontinence.
Urinary incontinence is due to weak muscles, infection or nerve damage and has nothing to do with the size of the bladder.
- Only old people can get it.
Urinary incontinence can affect people of any age from 18 to 80 years. Furthermore, obesity, chronic cough or any medical condition exerting pressure over the bladder can lead to urinary incontinence.
- Drinking less water will help deal with urinary incontinence.
Urinary incontinence is a medical illness, which needs timely and corrective action, else it can lead to complications
- Urinary incontinence is just something you have to live with.
Urinary incontinence is treatable.
- Holding urine for long can lead to incontinence.
Holding urine has no relation to incontinence, unless you are suffering from urinary tract infection, which may lead to incontinence.