Solutions for Urinary Incontinence
Urinary urgency or leakage causes challenges for many adults and may be inconvenient, costly and embarrassing. Unfortunately, at least half of all people with urinary incontinence don’t discuss the condition with a health care provider. While it is not unusual to experience partial loss of bladder control as we age, it is not an inevitable part of aging. Many effective treatment options exist for urinary incontinence.
Some potential causes of urinary incontinence are listed below.
- Certain medications, foods and/or drinks which may increase urine production
- Medical problems such as urinary tract infections or constipation
- Physical changes such as pregnancy, childbirth, aging, menopause, hysterectomy, prostrate problems and/or neurological disorders
- Being overweight
- Being a smoker
Urinary incontinence can affect a person’s physical health, may limit physical activity and socialization, interrupt sleep and increase the risk of falls.
Urinary incontinence may also be a symptom of a more serious health problem, which is why it’s important for people who struggle with bladder control to work with their personal doctor to diagnose the cause and develop a treatment plan. In many instances, there are simple ways to significantly improve urinary control.
- Work collaboratively with a doctor to develop an individualized treatment plan. Successfully managing urinary incontinence may take some trial and error, so be patient.
- Network Health has medical professionals that can answer questions and/or direct members to other resources to manage urinary incontinence.
- Network Health has specialized educational modules for women with urinary incontinence. These modules may address some questions or concerns they have.
If you have any questions, email QI@networkhealth.com or call the Quality Health Integration department at 1-800-826-0940.