Urinary tract infections as a cause of incontinence

A simple urinary tract infection causing incontinence?

Urinary tract infections such as simple bladder infection can sometimes be the cause of sudden incontinence. The inside of the bladder is irritated by bacteria and triggers an urge to urinate. This urge is so strong that it can hardly be suppressed. If you also have to cough or sneeze, you often lose more drops of urine.

The increased occurrence of urinary tract infections in women is due to the anatomical location in the female genital area. The urethra is significantly shorter than in men and is also located
Opening near the anal area. This means bacteria have an easy way to get into the urinary tract. Coli bacteria are often the culprit, but there are a variety of other bacterial strains that can cause inflammation and trigger incontinence.

What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

A typical symptom is painful burning when urinating. You feel like you constantly have to go to the toilet, even though there is only a little urine in your bladder. Sudden incontinence is therefore not uncommon. A general feeling of illness may occur, sometimes accompanied by fever. Early treatment is important to prevent a possible chronic course.

Incontinence after urinary tract infections even at a younger age?

Incontinence caused by a urinary tract infection can occur at a younger age. In most cases, this so-called urge incontinence can be improved or cured quite well. If the bladder infection is caused by bacteria, the administration of certain medications often promises rapid relief. In addition, targeted training is recommended: practicing regular emptying of the urinary bladder. And although the sphincter is intact in urge incontinence, regular pelvic floor training can also help with this form of incontinence.

If the urinary tract infection becomes chronic - young women and women during menopause are particularly affected - it is a recurrent infection. Anyone who suffers from this should
pay particular attention to good intimate hygiene in order to prevent new infections as best as possible. Otherwise there is a risk that bacteria can spread in the upper urinary tract and affect the ureters and kidneys. A healthy vaginal environment has been proven to protect against further urinary tract infections. Anyone who continues to suffer from incontinence can rely on a variety of aids in the form of special pads and panties.