Causes of Light Adult Incontinence (LAI)
Light Adult Incontinence (LAI) happens when your bladder stops working properly. This can be caused by a weak valve at the base of your bladder, weak or damaged pelvic floor muscles, or due to a neurological condition. Any of these problems can affect the way the bladder works and cause incontinence problems for those affected.
LAI means women, particularly those women who have experienced pregnancy and vaginal births, have a sensitive bladder. This results in small leakages of urine when the sufferer laughs, coughs or sneezes (stress incontinence). It can also happen if the woman has a sudden urge to pass urine and can make it to the lavatory in time, leaking a little or actually completely emptying her bladder involuntarily (urge incontinence).
Very often the suffer has had good bladder control until the late stages of pregnancy. Pregnancy and particularly childbirth can cause damage to the muscles and tendons supporting your bladder as can a bad bout of cystitis.
Many women worry so much about having an accident when out and about that they resort to using specialist products such as incontinence pads just for their own peace of mind.
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