Currently experiencing urge incontinence and struggling to manage it. I do not know a great deal about urge incontinence apart from what i have read on the internet. I was first diagnosed a few years ago and just wore pads since. Can you give me and tips or advice to manage this please?
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Sorry to hear you’re struggling with urge incontinence. It is actually the second most common type of incontinence, so you can be assured that you are not alone in experiencing this.
In urge incontinence, signals or muscle damage causes spasms of the muscles in the bladder wall. This causes your urge to urinate which results in accidents. Your bladder muscles are contracting with enough force to override the sphincter muscles of the urethra. Have you visited a Doctor to find the underlying cause of your incontinence? It is often caused by damaged nerves from various diseases such as Diabetes, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease. Do you have any of these diseases or have you had an accident that could trigger this? You can find out more about urge incontinence in our blog.
The most effective treatment methods are behavioural treatment, sacral nerve stimulation, medication and pelvic floor exercises. Have you tried any of these?
As for managing your incontinence with protection, I can provide you with product recommendations if I know more about your situation. Is your urge incontinence heavy or light? Are the pads you are in now ineffective and do you know the name of these?
Hello thankyou for your reply.
I have never suffered from any of the above diseases. If i remember correctly, the doctor said it was some sort of muscle/nerve damage that has just happened over time. Never tried any of the exercises, medication or the nerve stimulation either?? Its not very heavy im just struggling with the ‘urges’. Tena comfort mini plus are the pads im wearing and have been for some time.
Kegel exercises are non-invasive and can be highly effective. You can find out how to do these here.
Behavioural treatment doesn’t require drug use or surgery. It involves retraining the bladder in a healthy way. You can read about behavioural treatment here. Ensure you ask your Doctor about the best method for you.
If these methods don’t work, talk to your Doctor about sacral nerve stimulation. This is recommended as a minimally invasive therapy when natural treatment doesn’t work.
Tena Comfort Mini Plus pads are designed for very light leakages. Are comfortable in the style of pads? You might benefit from Tena Comfort Extra Pads, as they are ideal for the sudden loss of liquid when you have the urges. They are more absorbent and would put your mind at rest. You can purchase these here.
How have you been getting on with the exercises? Let me know if you need any more guidance.