It’s not something that’s often talked about but urinary incontinence is actually quite a common condition and, according to NHS figures, something that affects millions of people. There are several types that can affect a person, from stress incontinence (when you cough or laugh, for example) to urge incontinence (when urine leaks as you feel an intense urge to go to the loo, or just afterwards).
If you think you have any kind of urinary incontinence, you should go and see your GP immediately. They will ask about your symptoms and will carry out a couple of exams to see if there is a problem. You might also be asked to keep a diary to note down how much fluid you drink and how often you have to go to the toilet.
Treatments that may be suggested to you include bladder training, where a specialist will help you to learn how to wait longer before needing to urinate and actually doing so, as well as pelvic floor exercises and lifestyle changes (like losing weight or cutting back on alcohol and caffeine).
However, there may be another option available to you that you might not have considered before. Botox – injections of a toxic protein that are typically used to halt the ageing process – was recently found to be effective in the treatment of overactive bladder syndrome and urinary incontinence.
Researchers from Leicester University found that injecting just a tiny amount of the protein into the bladder wall of women with such problems succeeded in halving the number of times the patients urgently needed the toilet or had an accident.
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