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urinary cathetersAlthough it can be embarrassing, incontinence is a relatively common issue that occurs in all types of people for many different reasons. Incontinence occurs when you cannot control the leakage of urine from your urethra. When patients suffer from incontinence, they typically require the use of certain urological supplies. 


There are several kinds of medical supplies that are involved in an incontinence case. The world market for urinary continence care devices was estimated at $1.8 billion annually in 2008 alone. Among these supplies, catheters and pads were most prominent. Treatment and management options are most helpful when you know what type of incontinence you have and the underline causes. Check out our previous blog that discusses the types and causes, here. It may seem like incontinence just creeps up, but there are some signs to look for that you may have incontinence. The following are some indications that it may be time to discuss incontinence with your health care provider.


Nocturia


This condition refers to the act of waking up two times or more to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. This is one of the first signs of an overactive bladder and an indication of urge incontinence. Nocturia occurs when your body makes too much urine, your bladder cannot hold enough, or it can be a mixture of both.

Incomplete Bladder Emptying


When you go to the bathroom, you immediately feel like you need to go back and empty your bladder for a second time. This is a sign that the bladder muscles are not as strong as they used to be. Because of this decreased muscle function, your bladder is not completely emptying itself. 


Leaking Bladder


You may leak small amounts of urine during everyday activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercise or even sex. It can happen occasionally, and in small to moderate amounts. This is a sign that you may have stress incontinence.


Keyhole Incontinence


This condition refers to the necessity to empty your bladder when you're standing by the front door, about to put the key in the lock. This happens when you form the habit of running to the bathroom as soon as you get home. The association of getting home and opening your front door acts as a trigger telling your brain to relax and that its time to go. If you or someone your caring for experiences this it could be a symptom of urge incontinence. Bladder training can improve this condition by strategically timing when you urinate. 


Urinary incontinence is a serious issue, and it is important to understand the warning signs. If you're experiencing nocturia, incomplete emptying, leaking, or keyhole incontinence, then it's probably time to call your doctor. As always Complete Care is here for you and can assist with all your incontinence needs. Contact us, here. Browse incontinence supplies, here