Urinary Incontinence / Urine Leakage

What Causes Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'worrying'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose urinary incontinence, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "urinary incontinence" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • EFA 3 Need
  • Low Estrogens

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
very dry eyes
poor mental clarity
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
reduction in breast fullness
rapid pulse rate
brittle fingernails
severe fatigue after slight exertion
mood swings during menstrual cycle
low cold water fish consumption
hot flashes during & after period
moderate unexplained weight gain
no significant omega-3 oil intake
... and more than 10 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of urinary incontinence:
Cause Probability Status
Low Estrogens 96% Confirm
EFA 3 Need 52% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Urinary Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about urinary incontinence / urine leakage:
Do you have a problem with urine leakage (incontinence)?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Minor occasional problem
→ Occurs with physical stress only (cough, jumping)
→ A continual problem / use absorptive pads
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of urinary incontinence, mild urinary incontinence or urinary incontinence, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement

Flax seed oil at 1 Tablespoon per day is sometimes recommended because it can reduce inflammation contributing to an overactive bladder.

Estrogens Low

The cause of urinary stress incontinence in women is usually pelvic relaxation resulting from childbirth and the aging process.  These changes become more pronounced following menopause as estrogen deficiency allows atrophy of the genitourinary tissues.

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