Incontinence causes, Men and Women

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Causes for incontinence

Incontinence

More than 13 million people in the US, both male and female, experience incontinence?

Women have this experience twice as often as men. That statistic is not surprising when you consider pregnancy, child birth, menopause and the structure of the urinary tract.

Different type of Incontinence

Stress

A group of friends and I were talking about a local hot spot for children in town. It’s a huge warehouse full of trampolines and various obstacles among them. One of the mother’s was saying after having her children, she could no longer jump on a trampoline without urinating on herself. Jumping, sneezing, coughing, laughing, or jogging can put pressure on your bladder. This is called Stress Incontinence. This is a bladder control issue and can happen to both men and women. Of coarse we all explained to her about kegeling in order to strengthen her pelvic floor muscles.

Incontinence in men is often related to the prostate; prostate gland, enlargement or removal. As with females, Stress incontinence can also happen in males. This is the most common post-prostate cancer.

Urge

This happens when you have a strong need to urinate but can’t reach the toilet in time. This can happen even when your bladder is holding only a small amount of urine.

Overflow

Overflow is when the bladder does not empty properly. This can be due to other conditions such as an enlarged prostate or a narrowing of the urethra.

Protection Briefs

Men and women alike are often reluctant to admit they have an issue with incontinence. It is embarrassing therefore, pride will often dictate if they will wear protection under their clothing to prevent accidents. Protection briefs have come a long way over the years. Most of the time, if changed regularly to prevent smell detection, surrounding people will be unaware that the brief is being worn.

st banner Silver Tree Home Care takes pride in the discretion used by our caregivers. Never will a caregiver make a client feel incompetent or scolded if they have an accident. Our caregivers will simply help them to a safe position, remove the brief, properly clean the area and place a clean brief on the client. Often caregivers will also use a chux pad to protect bedding or furniture.

If you would like more information how Silver Tree Home Care can help your family member or loved one, please call our office 502-240-6464.