When to Act
Because incontinence issues are treatable, there is no reason not to address problems that may be intruding on your lifestyle or happiness. It's wise to seek treatment for incontinence when you are not able to control your bladder or bowel as you once did, or notice that your bladder or bowel habits are beginning to control your lifestyle. You should seek treatment whenever these changes keep you from going where you want to go or doing the things that you want to do.
The National Association for Continence has identified ten bladder control problems:
- Leakage of urine which impacts your activities.
- Leakage of urine causing embarrassment.
- Leakage of urine after an operation, such as a hysterectomy, Caesarean section, or prostate surgery.
- An urgent need to rush to the bathroom and/or loss of urine if you do not arrive in time.
- Frequent bladder infections.
- Urinating more frequently than usual without a bladder infection.
- Pain related to filling the bladder and/or during urination in the absence of a bladder infection.
Inability to urinate, also known as urinary retention.
- Progressive weakness of the urinary stream with or without a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying.
- Changes in urination related to a neurological condition such as stroke, spinal cord injury, or multiple sclerosis.