Urinary incontinence or loss of bladder control is a frustrating problem for more than 13 million Americans. Never knowing when and where you might have an accident can impact everything from work to exercise to your social events. It affects people of either gender, but is twice as likely in women. Research has suggested that half of older women have some form of incontinence. There are different kinds of incontinence.
Stress incontinence is the unplanned release of urine. This usually happens when a person leaks a little bit of urine while laughing, coughing, sneezing, jogging, or over exertion. It is the most common problem in younger women. Usually it’s caused by weakened bladder muscle due to weight gain, injury, pregnancy, or vaginal childbirth. Urge incontinence is often struck by desperate need to urinate, but you can’t reach the toilet in time. It may be triggered by the sound of running water, sipping a drink, or nothing at all. A person may leak larger amounts of urine and find themselves running to the bathroom. This is caused by muscle spasms that may stem from nerve or muscle damage associated with illness, stroke, inflammation, or infection. Overactive bladder is another name for urge incontinence. There is the same frequent need to urinate. Not everyone with an over active bladder has incontinence.
Some medications can trigger or worsen conditions of incontinence. They can cause the bladder muscle to relax or diuretics can worsen the urgency. Incontinence can take an emotional toll on people. Fear of accidents may lead to social isolation, lower self-esteem, higher levels of depression, and reduced sexuality. Our CHF#102 Incontinence is a special combination of vitamins and herbs which may help to relieve symptoms associated with incontinence.