Urinary incontinence is the most common urological problem in women. It affects almost 50% of the women over the age of 40 years. But only 10% of these women seek medical advice because many of these women with incontinence, especially in a conservative e country like ours feel embarrassed to discuss this problem with their doctors or even with their family members.
Incontinence can affect every sphere of a woman's life, be it social, occupational, domestic, marital or even spiritual life. Women with severe incontinence do not like to attend any social gatherings because they live in a constant fear of wetting their clothes in public.
Working women with this problem really find it difficult to cope up and some of them may even quit their jobs.
Not only working women, even housewives find it difficult to do their routine activity as any act of bending or lifting any object from the floor can cause urine leak.
Sometimes urine leak may follow sexual intercourse in those with coital incontinence.
When these women want to find some solace in spiritual life the poor women start leaking urine as soon as they kneel down to offer prayers and in many religions it is not acceptable to offer prayers when the clothes are soaked in urine. Finally these women go into depression, suffer in silence and may even seek a psychiatrist's help.
Thus a seemingly trivial problem like incontinence can devastate a woman's life.
Incontinence may be different types.
The most common type is stress urinary incontinence which means leakage of urine during coughing, sneezing, laughing or lifting objects. Many of these women releif with kegel's exercises
Some women may have urge incontinence which is most often cured with drugs.
Early medical advice and treatment will go a long way in bringing a smile back on these women who otherwise may suffer in silence.