What should we do for urinary incontinence? Preventing early urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence, which negatively affects daily life and which we encounter more and more in our environment, is more common in women than in men. Although this condition is thought to be seen in elderly individuals, it can be seen in women of all ages. Dr. Seçil Günay Avcı prepared a column that talks about methods that can be prevented before urinary incontinence occurs.

Urinary incontinence is the out-of-control leakage of urine when you don’t think or plan to urinate. It is seen in the form of pressure increases such as coughing, sneezing, playing sports, as well as incontinence with a sudden sense of urine. Urinary incontinence is a type of dysfunction of the bladder-urinary bag that stores urine. In a study conducted in our country, the incidence of urinary incontinence among young university students was almost 20% has been determined. This situation is nearly 5 revealed that one of the university students had urinary incontinence. Have not given birth yet, not entered menopause, 18-28 age groupThis study, which revealed the existence of urinary incontinence, showed us that it is necessary to take precautions at an early age.

Dr. Seçil Günay Avcı, special for Yasemin.com readers  He prepared an article summarizing 10 situations that we should pay attention to in order to avoid urinary incontinence:

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Dr. Secil Gunay Avci

– To pay attention to and care about body posture with regular sports habits from childhood. Computer use and desk jobs increase spinal damage starting from the neck level. The fact that the spinal muscles are strong and there are no posture problems in those who do sports regularly prevent the nerves going to the bladder to remain in the spinal pressure in the early period. Let’s be aware of the wrong postures of our children in sitting and resting positions and try to gain the habit of correct posture.

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– To fight obesity from the mother’s womb. Diabetes, blood pressure, circulatory disorder, varicose veins and collagen damage are more common in children of mothers who have gained excessive weight during pregnancy. These children age with the damage that starts from the mother’s womb. Pelvic floor injury should also be considered for children, such as 15-year-old girls with cracked knees or 12-year-old boys with a dislocated breast. In order to avoid problems during pregnancy, it is essential to take precautions before becoming pregnant.

– To know the symptoms of diabetes. Monitoring blood sugar. Ketoacidosis, which is very weak and goes with muscle wasting, can also be an indicator of diabetes. It is important to combat abdominal fat and to break insulin resistance. Diabetes shows symptoms many years before it starts. Drinking a lot of water, eating a lot, urinating a lot are the main symptoms of diabetes. It is often associated with urinary tract infections and impaired bladder functions, and urinary incontinence is a common complaint in diabetics.

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Urinary incontinence disrupts the life comfort of the person and can lead to social and psychological problems.

– Moving or walking for 5 minutes every 45 minutes during sitting shifts helps to regulate the circulation of the pelvic floor throughout the day.Walking before sagging starts, supporting with resistance exercises if there are problems such as sagging and hernia.

Do bladder training. It is helpful not to go to the toilet at every urination sensation and to try to postpone it. Urinary habits can be corrected with bladder training. The first feeling of urination comes with 100-150cc of urine, but the bladder capacity is almost 10 times this amount. Contrary to popular belief, collecting or holding urine is not a bad habit. Because urine is retained, there is no backflow to your kidneys.

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Urinary incontinence may occur in women who have given birth too much, after menopause or after difficult births.

– Tight trousers, tight clothes, walking around the house in tights during the day impair pelvic floor circulation. Urination, bowel activities, excretion and gas removal, and the transport of reproductive organs depend on the pelvic floor. When the pelvic floor is damaged, prostate problems and urination difficulties may occur not only in women but also in men.

 Smoking increases drooling and urinary incontinence. Smoking disrupts the vascular structure and contributes to varicose veins. It impairs circulation and accelerates sagging.

 Being constipated paves the way for urinary incontinence. Stool should be regular, morning and evening. Defecation difficulties, straining disrupts the pelvic floor.

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If you have urinary incontinence, it is very important to see a urologist.

 Collagen structure disorders predispose to urinary incontinence. There may be a genetically transmitted problem in the production of collagen, the main protein of the body’s carrier elements, in those with a family history of collagen structure disorders such as varicose veins and hernia. In these women, uterine and vaginal sagging can be seen before they become pregnant.

 Crossing your legs hurts the pelvic floor. The habit of crossing legs during class hours, which is especially common among students, disrupts the circulation of the pelvic floor, reduces blood supply and accelerates sagging. Trying to sit cross-legged in the resting areas at home or between classes, with legs spread apart, is healthier for the pelvic floor than crossing your legs.

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If the patient has excess weight, he/she can lose weight with the appropriate diet and exercise program.

– Urinary incontinence is a condition that can affect mental health by impairing quality of life and restrict social life.Preventing it from happening by taking precautions is our most fundamental responsibility as a physician devoted to preventive medicine.

Dr. Secil Gunay Avci
Halic University Lecturer Member of

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