About Urinary Incontinence – BCP
Millions of men and women suffer from Bladder Control Problems – BCP is also known as Urinary Incontinence or Urinary Stress Incontinence.
Usually, these issues increase with age in both males and females. Discussing your symptoms with a urologist can help you learn and find a treatment available for you. The bladder is located within the pelvis and is shaped like a balloon. Its two primary functions are to store and empty urine.
Symptoms of Urinary Incontinence – BCP
- Frequent urination
- Frequent urges to have to urinate
- Difficulty emptying the bladder
Causes For Bladder Control Problems
Bladder control is connected to both the central nervous system and organs in the lower urinary tract including the bladder, pelvic floor muscles, and the urethra. Several diseases can directly affect bladder control issues and include Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, strokes, and spinal cord injuries.
Risk Factors of BCP
Frequently women are at increased danger of having bladder issues when they get pregnant, as well as if they have a vaginal delivery. Luckily, these problems go away almost immediately following delivery. The second readily common reason for BCP is with women going through menopause, or with men in their 50’s and 60’s when their prostate is enlarged.
How Can You Tell If You Have BCP?
- If you leak when you sneeze or a cough, or during physical activity
- If your urinary problems interrupt your normal flow of life
- If you urinate more than 8-10 times per day
- Waking up in the night more than two times to empty the bladder
Treating Bladder Control Problems
Simple diet changes can help with bladder control issues such as giving up coffee and soda; but, what if these aren’t enough? The two main types of medications used to fight an overactive bladder and urinary incontinence are estrogen and anticholinergics.
How Anticholinergic Drugs Work
The anticholinergic drug works against an overactive bladder. It blocks the action of the chemical response of (acetylcholine) to want to contract the bladder even when the bladder is not full. Some types of anticholinergic drugs include:
- Tolterodine (Detrol)
- Oxybutynin (Ditropan, Gelnique)
- Darifenacin (Enablex)
- Solifenacin (Vesicare)
How Estrogen Works
Estrogen in women helps maintain the strength and flexibility of tissues in the bladder and urethra. Unfortunately, after menopause, a woman’s body produces less estrogen, and it is believed to have a correlation to bladder incontinence.
Because estrogen improves blood flow and corrects tissue deterioration, it is thought that if it’s applied as a vaginal cream to the urethra and vaginal areas, then it may help relieve stress and urge incontinence. Although research hasn’t found strict evidence to support this claim, several reports have shown that women have noticed improvement from it.
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