Urinary incontinence is a condition that affects the person’s quality of life, interfering with their routine and emotional system
Among myths and facts, Urinary Incontinence characterizes the involuntary loss of urine through the urethral canal, increasing progressively with age – According to the World Health Organization (WHO), urinary incontinence affects about 10 million Brazilians of all ages.
It affects both men and women – even if they are more likely to have incontinence, especially during pregnancy.
In a more technical explanation, Dr. Ricardo Schwarz reports that the kidneys are responsible for the production of urine, stored, in turn, in the bladder, “in the lower part of the bladder is located the urinary sphincter that performs the contraction movement for close the urethral canal – through which urine travels when it is expelled from the body. When the bladder is full, brain stimuli warn the individual that it is time to urinate. In a conscious and voluntary way, the individual allows the sphincter to relax and the urine is released out of the body through muscle movements that pressure the bladder ”, explains Ricardo. “Incontinence is characterized by several types: Stress urinary is characterized when the person does not have enough pelvic muscle strength to retain urine. Urgent urinary incontinence is when the person has a strong urge to urinate and is not safe in time to get to the bathroom. Overflow urinary occurs when the bladder is always full, so the liquid content leaks out. Functional is when we recognize the urge to expel urine, but we are unable, due to some weakness, to drive ourselves to the bathroom and mixed urinary incontinence, is characterized by more than one type of this condition ”, he adds.
The causes are diverse, ranging from medical condition to the ingestion of food and beverages that stimulate the increase of urine volume in the bladder.
“Medical treatment is necessary. This problem affects the quality of life. In the diagnosis, obtained through urine and bladder exams, the specialist will indicate the best treatment ”, explains the gynecologist.
“The important thing is for the patient not to be oppressed and not to be ashamed of this condition. The treatment helps in this control, without the patient in question failing to perform daily activities that please him and give him pleasure ”, concludes Ricardo.
Source: Dr. Ricardo Schwarz (CRM 15.645)
Service: Macedo Schwarz Clinic
Gynecologist and Obstetrician