There is a vConfidence certified doctor in the Plymouth, MI area that can help you find solutions to incontinence.

What is Incontinence?

Incontinence is a urinary disorder whereby there is involuntary leak of urine. The urinary sphincter is usually very weak if incontinence is an issue. Incontinence occurs in both men and women.

Types of Incontinence

There are four types of incontinence: stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overflow incontinence and overactive incontinence.

  • Stress incontinence is very common especially in women who’ve given birth vaginal or in women who are experiencing menopause. Stress does not refer to mental stress but means that the woman has undergone an extra physical pressure where the urinary bladder and muscles were involved, typically childbirth. As a result you may urinate involuntarily when coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising.
  • Urge incontinence is also known as overactive incontinence, reflex incontinence or effort incontinence. It happens suddenly and is a strong feeling of needing to urinate, yet nothing comes out. Urge incontinence is triggered by a sudden change of the body position, for some people they can’t stand it when they hear the sound of running water and during sex especially during an orgasm, it is common to accidentally urinate. Overactive incontinence is caused by the inflammation of the bladder lining, stroke or sclerosis and/or an enlarged prostate.
  • Overflow incontinence occurs mostly in men by – most commonly – a damaged bladder or an enlarged prostate gland. Overflow incontinence is defined by the bladder not being able to hold all of the urine formed by the body. With this type of condition the man has to urinate as frequently as possible to avoid leakage.
  • Overactive bladder (OAM) is a condition that leaves one feeling the sudden need to urinate. OAM can interfere with daily life and make many tasks difficult as a person with OAM often needs to stop and make several trips to the restroom. By triggering new collagen growth and rebuilding the muscular tissue around your bladder a vConfidence certified doctor can help alleviate the symptoms of OAM.

Causes of Urinary Incontinence

The following are common scenarios where UI might have stemmed from:

  • Obesity causes extra pressure to be exerted on the bladder thus urine cannot be held for a long time;
  • Regular smokers develop chronic coughs and this can often spark incontinence;
  • After giving birth the possibility for UI Is higher;
  • Old age means the bladder is much weaker, which can result in UI symptoms;
  • Alcohol intake and drugs such the diuretics and sleeping pills can enhance UI symptoms.

Incontinence should be diagnosed by a doctor. Contact a vConfidence certified doctor in Plymouth, MI to learn more about your treatment options.

Shelley Schertzer has more than 19 years of experience helping women overcome vaginal health and aesthetic concerns. As a board a board-certified family nurse practitioner, Dr. Schertzer is uniquely able to choose the right procedure for the right patient for the right reasons. She has trained extensively in aesthetics through the Esthetic Skin Institute (ESI) in injectable treatments.

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