Do you find yourself having occurences of sudden urges to use the bathroom and would even leak before making it to the bathroom? If this is a common experience of yours, then you may be having a case of urinary and/or fecal incontinence, whereby you have difficulty controlling your urination or bowel movements. To be sure, this is a problem that anyone will feel embarassed over. However, for your information, you are hardly
alone in an incontinence problem. Over 5 million Americans have some form of incontinence. Incontence can affect people of all ages. Not just the old, young kids can also get incontinence. There are several causes of incontinence.

An impacted bowel is one of the possible causes of incontinence. If your bowel is impacted or blocked, you will become constipated. Fluids can still leak around the blockage. An impacted bowel can also cause you to have a bladder control problem, because the blockage can put pressure around your urethra.

A bladder infection can also cause you urinary incontinence. If your bladder is infected, you will have frequent, sudden urges to use the bathroom. If you have an incontinence problem and then you get a bladder infection additionally, your incontinence problems can worsen.

You are at higher risk if you are a diabetic. Higher sugar levels in your bladder can create incontinence as well. Diabetics often have fluctuating sugar levels. Also, swollen legs can cause incontinence and you may swell if you are diabetic, although swollen legs can happen for a number of other reasons as well.

You may also develop incontinence when you hit menopause. A drop in estrogen levels is one of the causes of incontinence. As you lose estrogen, the tissue around your vagina and urethra weaken. This can cause irritation and inflammation around the affected parts.

There are many other causes of incontinence. These include arthritis, rapid filling of your bladder or the inability to empty your bladder completely every time you go to the bathroom.

There may be various causes of incontinence but know that you really should not feel overly embarrassed over it. Letting others know about what you are going through can assist you in getting the support that you may so require. It may also be that one of your family members or a close friend have the same problem. An incontinence problem is treatable. Instead of suffering needlessly alone, consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis and get advice for an appropriate treatment.

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