Body Mass Index and Urinary Incontinence

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Did you know an unhealthy body mass index is linked to urinary incontinence? It’s true. Factors like age, childbirth, and pelvic trauma aggravate the condition even further. Doctors studying BMI effects on the body aren’t sure how urinary incontinence strongly connects, but they do know there is hope. Reversing effects of obesity on the body takes lifestyle changes, and a little help from physicians specialized in vaginal rejuvenation.

BMI Effects on Urinary Incontinence

Difference between stress and urge incontinencebmi-effects-on-body-scale

The urge to urinate doesn’t start making you feel uncomfortable until the bladder is about half full. In a healthy urinary system, when the bladder expands, the nerves give the green light to detrusor muscles and the pelvic floor to relax. During voluntary urination, the external sphincter opens up when you decide to visit the restroom. Any interruption of this process is known as urinary incontinence.

Stress incontinence is most common in women after traumatic events (birth, sexual trauma, menopause, etc.) damage the pelvic floor. Uncontrollable urine release takes place when your abdomen is under stress. This isn’t limited to strenuous exercise. Women experience stress urinating from coughing, laughing, or sneezing.

Urge incontinence is characterized by a sudden need to “go.” Urine spontaneously leaks from the body before you have time to find the nearest loo.

Effects of obesity on the body

While researchers still don’t know the exact BMI effects on the body and its urinary system, they do know obesity increases the change of urinary incontinence. The following effects of obesity on the body provoke involuntary urination:

  • Abdominal pressure
  • Reduced sensitivity to nerve signals
  • Diabetes, especially those who are insulin dependent
  • Constipation

Psychological effects of obesity like depression are more common in those who experience negative conditions like urinary incontinence.

Treating urinary incontinence from BMI effects on the body

Many women experience weakened pelvic floors leading to urinary incontinence. The condition is treatable and nothing to be embarrassed about. If your involuntary bodily functions are related to obesity, it’s important to lose weight on top of treatments. Studies show 46% of women experiencing urinary incontinence saw an improvement after losing three pounds.

Other treatment options include:

The FemiLift procedure is the least invasive option for urinary incontinence. It also offers other benefits like increased vaginal lubrication.

Seeking Treatment for Urinary Incontinence?

Are you still on the fence about what treatment option is best for you? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lynn Kowalski and discuss your options with one of our experienced physicians.

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