When Is a Catheter Required for Urinary Incontinence

Did you know that millions of people in the United States suffer from some form of urinary incontinence? There are two forms of urinary incontinence. The first is stress incontinence. If you have ever experienced leaking after laughing or sneezing, this is stress incontinence. The second is urge incontinence. This is a little bit different. Urge incontinence occurs when you have the feeling that you need to go to the bathroom suddenly without warning.

Urinary incontinence has many different causes. Pregnancy and child-bearing are two common causes. Age is a factor as well. The older you are, the more likely you will experience urinary incontinence. An enlarged prostate is another common cause. Finally, some neurological disorders can cause urinary incontinence as well.

Urinary incontinence is something that can be managed. Pelvic floor exercises, for example, can help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Weakened pelvic floor muscles can cause urinary incontinence or worsen the condition. Another thing you can do is change your diet. Caffeine and alcohol are two big no-no’s. They are both diuretics and will increase urinary flow. Eating and drinking right before bed should be avoided as well.

If medication and lifestyle changes do not help the condition, someone might have to use a catheter. Made from FEP tubing or some other fluoropolymer, a catheter cam help those afflicted dispose their urine in a discreet manner. Catheters are often made from FEP tubing because FEP tubing is affordable and incredibly strong. Catheters can used daily, and they are a viable way for people to live a normal life if you experience urinary incontinence.

If you are experiencing a leaky bladder, please know that this is not normal and there are things you can do to improve your condition. Contact your doctor today to learn more about what options are available to you.

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