It’s embarrassing when you laugh and accidentally pee yourself. You might be thinking, “Why does this happen? I’m a grown adult; why can’t I control my bladder?” You’re not alone. Many people experience this problem, and it can be frustrating. There are a few potential causes and solutions. Let’s take a look.
The causes of incontinence
There are many possible causes of urinary incontinence. They fall into two general categories:
-A structural or functional problem with the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. This problem can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired later in life.
-A neurological problem that affects the nerve pathways that control bladder function. This type of problem can be temporary, like a urinary tract infection or dehydration, or it can be permanent, like multiple sclerosis or dementia.
Incontinence can also be caused by certain medications, such as diuretics and sedatives, and medical conditions, such as obesity and diabetes. Pregnancy and childbirth are common causes of incontinence in women.
The consequences of incontinence
Accidents happen, but sometimes when you laugh, cough, or sneeze, you may not be able to control your bladder. This is called incontinence, and it cannot be very comfortable. It can also lead to social isolation and depression. If you have incontinence, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from this condition.
There are many causes of incontinence. For example, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and certain medications can cause incontinence. In some cases, incontinence may be a side effect of another medical condition, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, or multiple sclerosis.
Incontinence can also be caused by an overactive bladder (OAB). OAB is a medical condition that causes a person to feel the urge to urinate more often than is necessary. This urge may be so strong that you cannot get to the bathroom quickly. An infection or other medical condition does not cause OAB.
There are many treatments for incontinence. These treatments range from simple lifestyle changes to surgery. The type of treatment that is best for you depends on the cause of your incontinence and how severe it is.
If you have incontinence, talk to your doctor about the best treatment.
When you laugh, your body automatically relaxes. This means that the muscles that control your bladder also loosen up, and you may start to leak urine. You may not even notice if you’re leaking a small amount of urine. But if you’re leaking a lot, it can be embarrassing and uncomfortable.
Kegel exercises have become increasingly popular over the past few years. For those unfamiliar, Kegel exercises are designed to improve muscle tone in the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles support the bladder and bowel and are also responsible for sexual function.
There is some debate about whether Kegel exercises are effective, but there is no harm in doing them. If you’re looking for a way to improve your muscle tone and potentially increase your sexual pleasure, give Kegel exercises a try!
A few different types of medications can be used to help control urge incontinence. These medications can be used alone or in combination with other treatments.
• Anticholinergics. These medications help to block the nerve impulses that cause the bladder muscles to contract. This can help to reduce or prevent urinary leakage. Examples of anticholinergic medications include oxybutynin (Ditropan), tolterodine (Detrol), solifenacin (Vesicare), trospium (Sanctura), and darifenacin (Enablex).
• Alpha-blockers. These medications relax the prostate and bladder neck muscles, which can help reduce urinary leakage. Examples of alpha-blockers include tamsulosin (Flomax), terazosin (Hytrin), and silodosin (Rapaflo).
• Botulinum toxin type A injections (Botox). This medication is injected into the bladder muscle and prevents muscle contractions that can lead to urinary leakage. Botox injections are typically given every three to six months.
• Mirabegron (Myrbetriq). This medication relaxes the bladder muscles, which can help to reduce urinary leakage.
Surgery is a medical procedure that involves the removal of tissue or organs from the body. It is usually performed by a licensed surgeon and is often used to treat diseases or injuries. Surgery can be either invasive or non-invasive, and it can be performed for either cosmetic or therapeutic purposes.