Urinary incontinence occurs when an individual faces involuntary urine leakage. It can be temporary or a chronic loss of bladder control. Apart from the physical inconvenience of this condition, the psychological impact of urinary incontinence tends to be more burdensome for patients. It is important to note that urinary incontinence is not a disorder or condition, but rather a symptom of other health conditions.
An estimated 15% of Singaporean women are actively struggling with the inconveniences of urinary incontinence. Additionally, a study conducted in Singapore estimated that almost 41% of Singaporean women do not seek medical intervention for urinary incontinence. The lack of proactivity in seeking medical help is often affiliated with patients feeling embarrassed.
Urinary incontinence may manifest in a few forms, these include:
Urinary incontinence can be caused by various issues such as:
Given that urinary incontinence is a symptom by itself, one may look out for other signs to indicate the occurrence of urinary incontinence:
If you notice any of the symptoms stated above, make an appointment (link to contact us) today to get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.
Urinary incontinence by itself is not a painful symptom. However, affiliated conditions such as pelvic floor dysfunction could cause pain in the lower abdominal area. Pain affiliated with urinating is known as dysuria.
There are several risk factors contributing to this incidence:
Urinary incontinence can be diagnosed by reviewing your medical history such as assessing urinary patterns.
Other than that, some tests that may be administered to confirm urinary incontinence diagnosis include:
The treatment employed will depend on the type of urinary incontinence and the severity of the condition.
Some treatment methods include:
With treatment and lifestyle management, urinary continence will eventually subside. The time taken to be alleviated of urinary incontinence symptoms will depend on the type of incontinence one faces. With older patients, incontinence management would be advised instead of treatments such as surgery or rehabilitation. This may include easier access to the toilet, improved communication with the caregiver, and placing a portable urinal in the bedroom.
Bladder damage may be caused by serious conditions such as bladder cancer or traumatic injury. Urinary incontinence from bladder damage would be accompanied by sharp pain and blood when urinating. Immediate medical attention is advised if you suspect bladder damage has occurred.