As we grow older, our lives go through many changes, not to mention our bodies as well. These varieties of physical changes may be inconvenient, difficult, or even devastating.
One common uncomfortable change that the body goes through as it ages is urinary continence.
What is urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control which results in accidental urine leakage. The leakage can happen suddenly, in small or large amounts.
Urine is a liquid by-product produced by the kidneys when it filters waste from the blood. It then flows through the ureter and is stored in the bladder. When the bladder is full, its nerves will send a signal that will make you feel the need to pee. When you urinate, the bladder muscles will tighten to push and release urine out through the urethra.
The urethra has sphincter muscles that control the release of urine. These muscles are strong enough to keep the urethra shut, which then helps you hold your pee.
However, when you have incontinence, your bladder muscles tend to suddenly tighten while the sphincter muscles are too weak to keep the urethra shut. As a result, you may experience a sudden, strong urge to pass urine, and are more likely to experience urine leakage from stress and pressure from activities, such as exercising, or even just by sneezing and laughing.