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Urinary incontinence is a condition that causes the involuntary passing of urine. It is a very common problem in the UK, affecting more than three million people nationwide. The condition mostly affects women, but it can also affect men and typically becomes more frequent when you reach your 50s. The causes of the condition depend on which type of incontinence you are suffering from. Stress incontinence happens when the pelvic floor muscles become weakened, resulting in urine leakage. Urge incontinence is mainly caused by spasms within the bladder, which increase the need to urinate.

Two different medications are available to treat the symptoms caused by urinary incontinence. These treatments are antimuscarinic medications such as Vesicare and Detrusitol, designed to relax the muscles in your bladder that are causing your frequent urges to urinate. You can start your free consultation today by clicking below.

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What are the symptoms of incontinence?

Symptoms vary depending on which type of condition you are suffering from.

  • Stress incontinence – the main symptom of this condition is urine leakage, which will often happen in the event of sudden pressure, for example when you cough, sneeze, laugh or exercise.

  • Urge incontinence - if you have this condition, you will experience sudden urges to pass urine, which can be triggered by a sudden change of position.

What causes incontinence?

There are several causes of incontinence and these vary depending on the type of condition you are experiencing.

Stress incontinence tends to happen when the urethra is not strong enough to stay closed under pressure. This may happen if your pelvic floor muscles have been weakened or if your urethral sphincter is not functioning properly. Other reasons for the disorder include damage to your nervous system during childbirth; excessive pressure on your stomach (for example, if you are pregnant or obese); or a deficiency of the hormone oestrogen (in women).

Urge incontinence is mainly caused by the over activity of the muscles in the wall of the bladder, called detrusor muscles. The reasons for this are often unclear, but the possible causes include lower urinary tract diseases, constipation, high intake of alcohol or caffeine or neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis.

How can I prevent incontinence?

Like most urinary disorders, a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of developing incontinence. The most important elements to consider are:

  • Weight – It's always important to control your weight through a balanced diet. Being overweight puts more pressure on and weakens the muscles surrounding your bladder.
  • Drink – You should restrict your intake of alcohol and caffeine. Both can irritate your bladder.
  • Exercise – 30 minutes of exercise five times a week can help prevent urinary incontinence.

What are the treatments for incontinence?

There are a number of ways to treat incontinence. Most people opt for medications called antimuscarinics, which are specifically designed to relax the muscles in your bladder. If you are experiencing incontinence, these muscles will be unstable, often contracting involuntarily, which causes urine leaks and frequent urges to urinate. By relaxing this muscle, antimuscarinics make the bladder a more stable place, so that it can store urine more effectively. If, for any reason, they are not suitable for you, then you may be directed towards other treatment options, such as surgery.

Hilary Jones

"Incontinence is a common condition which can unfortunately cause people to feel embarrassed. The right treatment can help manage symptoms and help people feel more in control."

Dr Hilary Jones

HealthExpress Medical Advisor

Finding Treatment

The symptoms of incontinence can be controlled by a simple course of antimuscarinics. Medications such as Vesicare and Detrusitol have been proven to help improve incontinence symptoms and are available to buy online here at HealthExpress using our secure and confidential consultation process. You will need to complete a short medical questionnaire and, if you are approved, a prescription will be sent directly to our licensed pharmacy where they will prepare your medication for next day delivery.

Obtaining treatment from us could not be easier and will take minutes.

Step 1 - Simply complete our online consultation which will be reviewed by one of our registered UK doctors. View the medical questions here

Step 2 - The doctor will be able to recommend a range of beneficial treatments. You will receive your diagnosis in a secure email.

Step 3 - If deemed suitable, you will be given login details so you can access your personalised member's area. At this stage you will be able to place your order and receive it the next working day.

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Treatments start from as little as £76.95 including free same day delivery

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