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Urinary Incontinence

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Urinary incontinence is passing urine when you do not mean to because of partial or total loss of control of the bladder. It is estimated that 3-6 million people in the UK have some degree of incontinence, which becomes more common with age, but does not only affect older people. It’s twice as common in women as men and is more common in women after giving birth. Incontinence means that either the muscles, or the nerve supply, are not working properly to control your bladder. The two main types of urinary incontinence are: stress incontinence (a small amount of urine leaks out during physical activity), and urge incontinence (the bladder empties completely). However, there are a number of treatments available. Pelvic floor exercises (or Kegel exercises) can be performed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, or patients can be referred for electric stimulation of the pelvic floor muscles to increase their strength. There are also a variety of surgical procedures available.

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I am 20 and suffer from urinary incontinence. I haven't had any children yet, but whenever I jump, cough, laugh or sneeze, I loose control of my bladder. It is very embarrassing and is affecting my daily life. I have tried excersies and I have read up on surgery but I am too embarrassed to go to my doctor. Please can anyone suggest anything? Or if anyone has had surgery for this, has it been successful? I desperately want to sort this problem so that I can go out and be normal and not have to worry about wetting myself. Almost every time I go out, I end up with a noticeable wet patch on my trousers. It is making my depression worse and I don't know what to do.





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Hi I'm 25 and this is happening to me as well. You are not alone in this l, trust me. I just wish that there was an easy button for this but unfortunately there isn't. Honestly the only thing people have told me was to do lots of excercises uses to improve muscle control. I have been dealing with this probably since I was 10 maybe even younger due to kidney infections and what not. This also could have caused the issues I have now. It is embarrassing and walking around with a pad on isn't something I want to do but if it helps then what else to I have to lose. Just hang in there. Someday someone can tell us why this happens. :)

Hi there, I watched an episode where a group of women tried various home methods to improve urinary incontinence with devices. (Non surgical) One lady had great success with one of the devices but I can't remember which one it was and i cant find the episode. Can you please help?? Many thanks.





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Hi I saw this program but would like to know more information as well, any helpers

I remember an episode where a woman had stress incontinence. The surgeon did a couple of things but one was inserting some liquid into the neck of the bladder to strengthen it. Does anyone know what that liquid was? What's the name of the procedure? And finally, can anyone remember which episode it was?





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Found it. It was Kat in Season 7 episode 1. Gel was put into the neck of her bladder to strengthen it. Didn't get a name for the procedure though.

On waking I have no bladder control. When making my way downstairs to the toilet it starts to escape. I usually hold on to enough so when reaching the toilet there is some left but this is now becoming a daily problem. I always go to the toilet last thing before sleeping so why is this happening?





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hi, im a 16 year old girl and I have urinary giggle incontinence, I have an accident when I laugh , when I jump on trampolines and when im nervous. I have had this problem my whole life and it happens everyday, I have had a urodynamics test which said that I wasn't emptying my bladder properly previously ive been on Ritalin, solefenacin and various other medications but nothing has worked. This problem is really embarrassing and effects my self confidence so please help. I was wondering apart from doing pelvic floors and drinking more which I have been told to keep doing if there is any other advice you can give me? thanks.





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Hi im 18 and have had incontinence for 2 years due to my epilepsy since i have wet the bed every night and in the day about 3 times a week and i now hav to wear adult nappies at nightand days when I think im gonna hav a fit when it first started the docs told me to do some sort of exercise to strengthen my bladder can also work on pelvic floors hope this helps

Hi im 18 and have been incontinent for 2 years due to epilepsy ever since i have been wetting the bed every night and up to 4 times a week in the day so i hav had to wear adult nappies at night and on days that i feel like im gonna have a fit b4 they found out that it was my epilepsy docs gave me some exercises to strengthen my bladder also work on pelvic floors u can find them online hope this helps

I have urinary incontinence but all tests have come back normal, what can I do now?





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Hi, I watched an episode this week that I think had a professor Fellows or Fallows who had a dignosis or technique named after her. I was very tired at the time and thought I would remember the details but of course I don't. I have trawled through all the possible episodes that I amy have seen thisw eek but cannot find it. Can you help please?





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I had a hysterectomy done early last year, since then I have to use pads all of the time as I am unable to hold my urine anymore. It just flows as soon as I feel the need to urinate. I am now urinary incontinent!!





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This happened to me but I had the hysterectomy via vaginal surgery. However the surgery went wrong so I was cut on the stomach. I lost a lot of blood. Since the operation 15yrs ago I've had a problem when passing urine. I go then after I have gone a secondary flush of urine comes and I don't feel it. I pat myself dry stand up then a trickle of urine runs down my leg it's very embarrassing.

I.have overactive bladder am stress over it I can't stop my self from urinating all day somtym its stuck inside wront com out causing me pain.. I can't do nothing with my hubby causing my marriage pain and discomfortable wrose. Please. Help me I hate it for 10 years can't do nothing and hard to get out of the house with this. Thanks





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I m 29 yrs old woman n i m married there is a problem with me i got an operation of my tube so i m an eptopic patient . when i do sex means inter course with my husband after some times my urine pass automaticaly after every 10 10 minuites nonstop for long time please give me sugessation waht to do ?





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