You’re in the middle of a meeting, it’s all going well for you. You’re dishing out an amazing presentation and the others in the meeting seem to be quite impressed. You take your seat and let the others take charge. That’s when you feel some pressure in your lower belly. You shift your position in order to make that sensation go away, but oh lord, it just becomes worse. With time, all the voices in the background become a buzz, because your bladder won’t let you concentrate. You simply wait for the meeting to finish so that you can visit the washroom for some relief.
If you can relate, you’ll know how much of an embarrassing issue it is when you can’t control your pee. As somebody who is suffering from urinary incontinence, a fancy term used for ‘need to pee all the time’, you would have a google map imprinted inside your head detailing all the washrooms in your vicinity!
Every trip, every outing and every extended period inside a room would make your bladder work overtime.
Most of you ignore urinary incontinence in women and simply move on not knowing it actually is a problem. In fact, it’s a common talk among most women, about how they have to pee before going out, before sleeping, while on a trip, and sometimes just without a reason!
So, here’s what it is called. ‘Urinary incontinence in women’.
According to experts, the bladder sometimes becomes a sensitive beast. And you probably end up in a confusion as to what makes you pee so much. And what we forget to know is, is it normal, or is it not? To begin with, even though urinary incontinence in women is not uncommon, yet, the major issue is the amount of discomfort or embarrassment urinary incontinence in women brings with it.
Read on, and find out when you must be alarmed about urinary incontinence in women.
Urinary incontinence in women, as it is medically termed, is one of the most common urinary tract troubles most women face. Although there are many medical conditions associated with this condition, sometimes it might come with simple habits. But, it is important that you know what’s causing frequent urination in you, before you jump to any conclusions. These are some reasons that can influence peeing frequency:
- Medical conditions
- Amount of fluid intake
- Type of fluid intake
So, now that you know the possible factors that contribute to urinary incontinence in women, it is more important that you know your symptoms. Symptoms of urinary incontinence are usually individualistic. The symptoms of urinary incontinence are classified into two types.
- Stress incontinence: Stress incontinence refers to the involuntary release of urine, especially when you a cough, sneeze, or laugh. It results in a small to moderate amount of urine to leak.
- Urge incontinence: A more frequent or sudden uncontrollable urge to urinate which may leak a moderate to a large amount of urine.
However, some of you might also have symptoms of both the types, which is called mixed incontinence.
Symptoms of Mixed Incontinence
You might relate to the following points if you have mixed incontinence:
- Urine leakage when you sneeze, laugh, cough, lift heavy weights, or during workout that includes floor cardio, sitting in a cramped position while a long road trip, etc.
- Urine leakage after a sudden need to urinate, while sleeping, after drinking a small amount of water, or hear the sound of running water, etc.
If you have urinary incontinence, there’s nothing to worry about unless you have symptoms at a severe level. Because most aches and pains aren’t signs of severe urinary incontinence in women, but some symptoms can have a potential to call for trouble. Listed below are a few symptoms of urinary incontinence in women which need to be shared with your healthcare provider at the earliest.
- When the urinary incontinence is restricting you from going about your daily routine
- When it brings about the risk of falls
- When there is pain or trouble when urination happens.
So with the hope that you have found ways to get yourself some help, we have more to come in the upcoming articles. If you have been facing any of these symptoms, shun the meeting for once, have some tea, head on to pee, and feel free to have a chat with your doctor.
About the hospital
Ankura Hospitals is a chain of super-specialty Maternity Hospital of Hyderabad. Set up in the year 2011 in KPHB, near Hitech Railway Station, the Ankura Hospitals family has today spread its wings to Secunderabad, Khammam and Vijayawada.