Leaking of any form sucks. It is a common problem that many people face and is not just a little pesky nuisance that’ll go away if you ignore it. Ignoring urinary leakage may actually lead to more complicated issues in the future, making it harder to manage. Severity of urinary incontinence ranges between a small leak when you sneeze, jump, or cough to sudden uncontrollable urges to urinate that its difficult to make it to the bathroom in time.
Many fitness and health gurus will most likely recommend kegels or exercises that seek to contract or tighten the pelvic floor. However, it isn’t always an issue with your bladder muscles or pelvic floor muscles. Yes, they may be affected or may be presenting the more noticeable symptoms, but more often than not, urinary incontinence is a whole body issue.
What is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a loss of bladder control that affects people in different ways. The most common types of urinary incontinence include stress incontinence and urge incontinence – an overactive bladder. Incontinence is likely to affect approximately twice as many women as men. This most often due to pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. Pregnancy stresses and strains the muscles in the pelvic region which may often lead to stress incontinence. However, urinary leakage is not a normal or natural part of aging and is often a sign of an imbalance in the body.
If you are suffering from urinary leakage the chances are that this issue is part of a whole body imbalance. No need to freak out! A whole body imbalance merely means that incontinence is not about your pelvic floor alone. It is about the container that your pelvic floor lives in. Your body. Treating the pelvic floor alone is symptom-targeted rather than root issue focused.
Isolating symptoms can be unhelpful is truly finding and fighting the source of the imbalance. Often, the symptoms we notice did not originate in the affected area. Just like a foot injury may eventually lead to leg, hip, butt, and back pain, urinary incontinence can be a symptom that did not originate in the pelvic floor.
What are the Types of Urinary Incontinence?
The common types of incontinence include:
Stress incontinence — More common in pregnant people or those who delivered vaginally. May be triggered by coughing, laughing, bending, lifting, jumping, or sneezing.Urge incontinence — More often an issue with aging and characterized by increased urinary frequency and urgency (overactive bladder)Overflow incontinence — Overflow incontinence is characterized by dribbling urine, increased frequency of urination, and inability or feeling of incompleteness after urinating.Mixed incontinence — It is possible to experience a combination of the symptoms and types mentioned above.
Symptoms of Urinary Incontinence
Some of the most common symptoms of bladder incontinence are:
Leaking urine during exercise, lifting, bending, or other daily activitiesSudden and strong oncoming urge to urinateUrinating without warning or feeling of urgencyUrinating in your sleepDifficulty holding urine or making it to the restroom in timeRecurrent urinary tract infections