When Should You Seek Treatment for Incontinence?
You should seek treatment for incontinence when you are not able to control your bladder or bowel as you once did. Loss of bladder or bowel control could be the first symptom of something more serious; usually it is not. Many people change their lifestyle when their bladder or bowel habits begin to control their lifestyle. They may stop visiting friends, going to church, doing aerobics, having sexual intercourse, or traveling to see their children. You should seek treatment whenever changes in your bowel or bladder habits keep you from going and doing what you want to do.
10 Warning Signs of Bladder Control Problems:
*Leakage of urine which impacts your activities
*Leakage of urine causing embarrassment
*Leakage of urine after an operation, such as a hysterectomy, caesarean section, or prostate surgery
*An urgent need to rush to the bathroom and/or loss of urine if you do not arrive in time
*Frequent bladder infections
*Urinating more frequently than usual without a bladder infection
*Pain related to filling the bladder and/or during urination in the absence of a bladder infection
*Inability to urinate, also known as urinary retention
*Progressive weakness of the urinary stream with or without a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
*Changes in urination related to a neurological condition such as stroke, spinal cord injury, or multiple sclerosis