Reflex incontinence is when your bladder experiences an involuntary muscle spasm that often results in large amounts of urine leaking with little or no warning whatsoever.
Reflex incontinence equally affects both men and women but occurs mainly in people with neurological impairments.
If you suffer from neurological impairment from multiple sclerosis, radiation treatment, spinal cord injuries or damage from surgery you are at higher risk for reflex incontinence.
Reflex incontinence is caused by the dysfunction of the detrusor muscle, which is a muscle in your bladder. This muscle will contract and squeeze which tells the body to urinate. This can happen even if your bladder is not full.
There are many different types of incontinence, so it's important to see a doctor if you experience any incontinence symptoms. It's imperative to determine the type of incontinence you suffer from as each type requires a different treatment.
It's a good idea to keep a diary of when you urinate. You should note your bathroom habits, when you have an accident, and how much fluid you drink each day. This journal can help your doctor make the best diagnosis.
Treatment options vary from using incontinence products, in-home behavioral training, using a medical device, or medication.
Behavioral training includes, scheduled bathroom breaks, double voiding and bladder training. Medications help relax the muscles of your bladder and reduce spasms. Finally, for women you can consider a urethral inset to prevent leakage.
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