- Urinary incontinence affects 25 million Americans
- One out of every three people will experience loss of bladder control at some point
- 33 million people suffer from overactive bladder
- There are more than 4 million doctor’s office visits each year for urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- 1 in 3 women over the age of 45 have stress urinary incontinence
- 1 in 2 women over the age of 65 have stress urinary incontinence
- 50% of men report leakage from stress urinary incontinence following prostate surgery
- Pelvic organ prolapse affects 3.3 million women in the United States
What is Incontinence?
Incontinence is the loss of bladder and/or bowel control. The loss of control can be partial or complete, ranging anywhere from a slight dribble to a total void. Incontinence is often a symptom of other medical issues, although it can also be the result of certain medications. Incontinence does not discriminate; it affects young and old, men and women, people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Incontinence can be embarrassing to deal with, causing anxiety and distress to those who suffer from the condition.
By learning more about incontinence and your many treatment options, you can learn to effectively manage the symptoms and gain control of your life back.
Some types of incontinence are temporary, while others may be permanent. In many cases, there are treatment options that can reduce – or sometimes cure – the symptoms. Treatment options fall into several categories:
- Behavioral Techniques: These treatment options are the least invasive, and your doctor may start here before moving to more invasive options. Behavior techniques include bladder training, scheduled toiled trips, and fluid and diet management. Learn More.
- Physical Therapy: Physical therapy is another non-invasive treatment option. These techniques include activities such as pelvic floor muscle exercises (Kegel exercises) and electrical stimulation. Learn More.
- Medications: Prescription medications are sometimes used in conjunction with behavioral techniques. Some common incontinence medications include anticholinergics (for overactive bladder), imipramine (for urge and stress incontinence), duloxetine (for stress incontinence) and low-dose topical estrogen. Learn More.
- Medical Devices: There are several medical devices approved to help treat incontinence in women. Two such devices are the urethral insert, which acts as a plug against leakage, and the pessary, which helps hold up a prolapsed bladder or uterus. Learn More.
- Interventional Therapies: These treatment options are more invasive, requiring injections or implantations. Interventional therapies may include bulking material injections, Botox injections, or a nerve stimulator implant. Learn More.
- Surgery: If other therapies aren’t working, you may be a candidate for a surgery option. Some common incontinence surgery procedures include a sling procedure (pelvic mesh), bladder neck suspension, and artificial urinary sphincter implantation. Learn More.
There are many products available to help contain urine and feces, protect tender skin, and individuals manage their symptoms and gain control over their lives. Your doctor may recommend some products, while others may give you the added comfort and security you need. Visit our Bladder Matters Blog to learn more about the types of incontinence products we offer.
To see the different brands of incontinence supplies we offer, visit the Total Home Care Supplies Web Store.