Causes Of Urinary Incontinence
Knowing the causes of urinary incontinence is the first step to knowing how to avoid or go about getting it treated. Though, like most ailments, urinary incontinence can have any number of major causes, there are a few specific causes that are the most common to contract urinary incontinence, or UI.
- Over consumption of alcohol. Too much alcohol can cause urinary incontinence, especially if the amount of alcohol consumed is at an equal or larger potion in a ration of alcohol to water. Also, because alcohol acts as something of a bladder stimulant, it makes the need to urinate much more urgent.
- Over hydration. There is such a thing as too much water. If your bladder has to work too much too hard, it can result in irregularly frequent bathroom trips, even after water should have naturally passed through the system entirely.
- Dehydration. The opposite end of the spectrum includes the same risks. If the bladder is starved, it can cause urine to become very concentrated. The collection of salts in the bladder while it is so concentrated can cause damage to the bladder itself.
- Over consumption of caffeine. Like alcohol, caffeine can act as a bladder stimulant which, again, makes the need to urinate more urgent.
- Consumption of medications. Some prescription medications such as sedatives, muscle relaxants and other similar medications can harm or irritate the bladder, causing UI.
- Sexually Transmitted diseases. Several classes of STD's can cause minor to serious urinary incontinence. However, these symptoms can be dulled by lessening one of the above potential causes.
Though these are by no means the only causes of urinary incontinence, they are certainly the most common causes of it. If you are urinating more or less frequently than normal, try changing one of these aspects of your daily routine. If the issue persists, contact a physician.