Is urinary incontinence a widespread problem among females? If you look at the statistics, it is overwhelmingly obvious that the issue is related to gender. While the disease affects more than 200 million people worldwide, 75-80 percent of those affected in the United States are women.
The disease is twice as common in women as it is in men the same age. There are two main types of incontinence: urge incontinence and stress incontinence.
Stress incontinence is the most common form and results from extensive pressure on the bladder. Normal actions like laughing or sneezing can provoke the bladder to involuntarily leak. More than 25 percent of women over the age of 18 have experienced involuntary urination, and stress incontinence affects more than 15 million adult women.
Urge incontinence, or overactive bladder, is also a significant health concern for females, with 17 percent of women over the age of 18 being affected. In this form of the disorder, women experience an overwhelming need to go to the bathroom upwards of eight times a day, Often, they are unable to reach the bathroom in time, and once they are there the urinary production is minimal. The problems worsen with age. By age 63, the percentage of women suffering incontinence grows to 23 percent. It is not a small or isolated problem.
Cause of Urinary Incontinence
Beyond the risk factor of being female, are there other factors that contribute to the likelihood that one will develop incontinence? Since most of the problems with stress incontinence and urge incontinence stem from damage to muscles or nerves that facilitate bladder function, it stands to reason that women who have undergone childbirth, menopause or pregnancy often suffer from these problems.
Additional risk factors include obesity and constipation, which over time can stress out the muscles and nerves, as well as factors like surgery, diabetes or diseases like multiple sclerosis that affect the nerves. If a woman has a hysterectomy, this can also contribute to the manifestation of incontinence, as can certain medication side effects and overindulgence in caffeine.
Finally, urinary tract infections, or UTIs, can also contribute to the prevalence of the condition, so it is clear that women have a disadvantage when it comes to resisting the effects of incontinence.
Urinary Incontinence Solution
So how do you treat urinary incontinence? Beyond the standard regimen of medication, weight loss, smoking cessation, dieting, and Kegel exercises, there are new approaches that involve all-natural therapies to address problems like urinary incontinence. Our team can assess your situation and see if injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are right for your situation. This method uses the body’s own healing factors to help renew and repair the damaged muscle and nerve tissue, which, in turn, increases your ability to control both stress and urge incontinence.
If you are looking for a non-surgical alternative to treat your problem, come see us and see if the natural medicine approach and PRP injections can help your situation.