The English word “Incontinence” comes from a Latin word continentem (nom. continens) that mean to “to hold together” while incontinentem (nom. Incontinens) means "not holding together". Our English word incontinence was probably first used around the late 1820’s.
On average 22.5% of American women between the ages of 15 and 50 suffer from incontinence. In the US over half the population of all nursing homes are thought to have urinary incontinence. Sadly it is statistics like these that cause many families to make the very heartbreaking and personal decision to place a loved one in a nursing facility. They just can no longer cope with the accidents incontinence produces.
Stress incontinence - this is the most common kind of urinary incontinence, especially among women who have given birth or have gone through the menopause. In this case stress refers to physical pressure, rather than mental stress. When the bladder and muscles involved in urinary control are placed under sudden extra pressure the person may urinate involuntarily. Stress incontinence is caused by several triggers or factors:
A sudden cough Sneezing Laughing Heavy lifting Exercise
The amount of urine that leaks out unwillingly depends on how full the bladder is and how affected the muscles are. Sometimes medication and exercise are all that are required to cure the problem, often however the incontinence is permanent and life adjustments need to be made. To find out what kind yours is a trip to your urologist is in order. There are products available to help keep clothing and furnishings protected.
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