Urge incontinence is a type of urinary incontinence characterized by a sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate, often followed by an involuntary loss of urine. It can cause frequent urination, including throughout the night.
The condition may be caused by a minor condition such as infection or a more severe underlying condition like a neurological disorder or diabetes.
The management of urge incontinence typically involves a combination of lifestyle changes, bladder training and medication. Bladder training is a common treatment that can be effective in up to half of the cases. Medication may also be advised in addition to bladder retraining. In some cases, sacral nerve stimulation may be recommended.
Please consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.
Sacral nerve stimulation: Sacral nerve stimulation can be an effective treatment for the symptoms of urge incontinence. During this procedure, a small electrical device is surgically implanted into the lower back area and connected to the sacral nerves (control bladder function). The electrical device works by delivering pulses of energy to block or slow down the signals between the bladder and brain when you feel like you need to urinate. The implanted device typically lasts five years, but a battery replacement is necessary every two to three years.
Surgery: Urinary incontinence is usually treated with medication and lifestyle changes first. If these treatments do not work, you may need to have surgery. Different surgical methods treat urodynamic incontinence. Among the most common ones are:
- Eating a well-balanced diet.
- Consuming plenty of fluids.
- Avoiding bladder irritants and exercising will help you feel better overall.
Furthermore, it will also help reduce your urge to urinate frequently.
Stress management: If you are dealing with stress incontinence, you should try to learn ways to cope with it better. Learning relaxation techniques and practising them can help reduce stress and feel more in control. It is also helpful to talk about your concerns with a close friend or a therapist.
Bladder training: You should schedule your bathroom breaks throughout the day. Bladder training involves increasing the amount of time between trips to the bathroom without having an accident. While some people may do this very easily, others will need to work up their bladder capacity over time by wearing absorbent pads or frequently going during scheduled bathroom breaks.
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