The Female Urinary System:
The Kidneys start the process by cleaning our blood and removing waste, this becomes urine and flows from the kidney down the ureters into the bladder. The bladder holds the urine until the brain tells us it’s time to let the sphincter release the urethra and let the urine out. This is called “voiding the bladder” or in more common terms “peeing”.
Incontinence occurs when urine leaks out before the brain tells the sphincter to release it. It can be a little drip or big gush, the result is the same, unwanted wetness. Today we have answers from medical professionals for all forms of incontinence, temporary to permanent. There is protection available, too! From tiny discreet clothing liners to wonderful full furniture coverings that may enable families to keep loved ones in their homes. Incontinence is not the shameful condition it was. It impacts over 1.3 million Americans each year. If you have it, seek help; if your loved one has it, you are not alone. There are many foundations and societies to help you on the journey.
Here are a few:
The Mayo Foundation
The MS Society
The Arthritis Foundation
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