Thursday, October 8, 2009

Female Incontinence: Care and Treatment for a Common Ailment







Female incontinence is a fairly common and manageable condition, but sadly, it can have some severe psychological effects. These affects are amplified if the individual does not obtain the treatment and support she needs. Women who suffer urinary incontinence often report anxiety, shame, a fear of intimacy, a sense of insecurity and loss of control, and low self esteem. Those with adult incontinence frequently withdraw from social situations and can become isolated and depressed. This suffering, however, is unnecessary and avoidable. There are a number of products and treatments available on the market to help with this condition. It’s just a matter of getting the right information, tools, and support.

There are different forms of adult female incontinence which result from a wide array of causes. From aging to neurological injury, to pregnancy and childbirth, incontinence is frequently the result of nerve or structural damage. Stress Incontinence refers to leakage that may occur when a woman does something sudden, such as coughs, laughs, or sneezes. Overflow Incontinence occurs when your bladder does not empty properly due to weak bladder muscles, while Urge Incontinence manifests as a sudden urgency to urinate due to abnormal nerve signals or bladder spasms. Overactive Bladder is also the result of improper nerve signals. Functional Incontinence refers to the inability to physically make it to a toilet and typically applies to the elderly.

Fortunately,today's incontinence sufferers have more options than ever. Helpful information, support and products are available online. Pads and undergarments are less bulky and intrusive than ever. Medical companies offer wholesale pricing and discrete delivery of a wide variety of female incontinence products. There are also a number of effective treatments that you can review with your physician. Bladder retraining and Kegel Exercises are popular. Many doctors recommend “timed avoidance” where the patient adheres to a schedule where you go to the restroom at designated times of the day without fail. Doctors may also prescribe medicines for Overactive Bladder which can help to block nerve signals. In more extreme cases, advanced treatments are available as well, including injections, vaginal devices, biofeedback, surgery, and even neurological treatments.

Please note that this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition, or be taken as medical advice. For more information related to your unique situation, please speak with your personal physician.

About the Author: Kerry Perissi is the Founder & Vice President of MEDNET Direct, a leading supplier of disposable medical supplies for the medical and veterinary industries, including top quality puppy pads designed as a training aid for puppy housebreaking. With over 10 million puppy training pads sold, MEDNET Direct makes medical grade pads affordable for veterinary and home use.

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