Why Does Urinary Incontinence Occur?

It’s perfectly understandable to feel uncomfortable talking about urinary incontinence with someone, but we at The Ottawa Skin Clinic want to help raise awareness that the condition is nothing to be ashamed of – it happens to many people through no fault of their own. Otherwise known as a loss of bladder control, it occurs usually later in life, but we’ve seen plenty of instances when it affects younger people as well. It’s extremely common. 

Instances of urinary incontinence can be hard to predict and plan for, making it all the more embarrassing and awkward when they do occur. Triggers will vary from person to person – for some, a sneeze can cause a loss of bladder control, while in others, sudden scares or waiting too long to visit a restroom can spell trouble. Other causes include weakened pelvic floor muscles, such as in women post-childbirth or during menopause. It’s a good idea to see your doctor if the condition hinders your way of life and makes you feel uncomfortable, but know that there are perfectly safe and thorough treatments that can help reduce the effects of urinary incontinence.

Types of Urinary Incontinence

Did you know that there are different forms of bladder loss? Many don’t recognize the specific symptoms of each and simply tie them all to one general condition, but there are several. Let’s go over them in more detail.

Stress Incontinence

This is the result of pressure being forced on your bladder, typically caused by coughing, heavy laughter or intense physical strain such as when doing heavy lifting. Simply put, stress and strain on the body weaken the bladder’s ability to retain liquid and forces it out.

Urge Incontinence

Urge incontinence presents itself as a sudden, unexpected, yet very intense need to urinate. However, usually, an involuntary loss of bladder control occurs before or even just after you attend to your needs. This condition can bring about more constant needs to urinate, including at night. Urge incontinence can also be linked to pre-existing neurological disorders, diabetes and/or a bladder infection.

Overflow Incontinence

If your bladder never completely empties, you may experience overflow incontinence. This causes frequent or constant spurts of urination and can be very difficult to control, even with frequent trips to the bathroom.

Functional Incontinence

This is a physical and/or mental impairment that prevents the individual from reaching the toilet to relieve themselves in time. It is typically tied to chronic issues such as severe arthritis and dementia.

Mixed Incontinence

This is a combination of any or all types of urinary incontinence mentioned above.

Our Solution: EMSELLA Treatments

If you’re living with a form of urinary incontinence, we at The Ottawa Skin Clinic know how stressful and embarrassing it can be. However, there’s no need to deal with such uncomfortable situations; our EMSELLA treatments designed for bladder incontinence can help restore bladder control and pelvic muscle strength.