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Many men and women suffer from urinary incontinence in Des Moines. The condition is typically an age related problem and it generally gets worse as people age further. You can always get treated for urinary incontinence in Des Moines and it is best to get started with a treatment as soon as possible.

Most men and especially women who have urinary incontinence are recommended not to consume caffeine in any form. Those who are at risk of developing urinary incontinence in Des Moines or those who have moderate incontinence are also asked to check on their caffeine consumption. It had been believed that caffeine increases the urge to urinate and that it actually worsens symptoms of incontinence. The recommendation has always been treated with disappointment by most women and men because many love their cup of coffee, tea, chocolate or soda.

In a recent study, it has been inferred that there is not substantial evidence to prove that caffeine causes urinary incontinence or worsens its symptoms, deteriorates the condition or prevents the treatment from working effectively.

The study was conducted at Harvard taking data of 21,500 women who had been subjected to two very large studies. Both the studies aimed at observing the health of US nurses, in practice from the 1970s through 1980s to the early 2000s. The women, when the study started, had mild or moderate urinary incontinence which was defined as those cases where the women leaked urine one to three times per month.

The caffeine consumption of these women was recorded and their experiences with the symptoms and state of urinary incontinence were studied. The women were questioned about how much caffeine they consumed in the form of coffee, tea, soda or chocolate. The women were questioned at the start of the study in early 2002 and at the end of the study as well, year end of 2003. Only 20% of all participants said their symptoms had gotten worse and they now leaked urine at least once per week. The percentage of women with urinary incontinence progression was similar across categories of baseline level of caffeine intake. Interestingly, there was no link of increased caffeine consumption with worsening symptoms of urinary incontinence.

The bottom line is that men and women suffering from urinary incontinence in Des Moines really do not have to let go off the coffee or chocolate completely. Moderate consumption of caffeine has no impacts, positive or negative, on urinary incontinence.

Urinary incontinence is usually a health condition associated with old age however in some cases, young adults or people in their 40s and early 50s may also develop urinary incontinence. Apart from observing and making notes of the symptoms that you may develop, there is a need to diagnose the real underlying problem which is causing urinary incontinence. You can conveniently opt for the requisite tests of urinary incontinence in Des Moines at a clinic or in an outpatient setting at a hospital. Most tests of urinary incontinence are simple and do not take a lot of time.

Here are the different tests that you may have to opt for to determine the extent of damage to the bladder, kidney and to determine the severity of urinary incontinence at Des Moines.


Cystoscopy is a procedure where the urethra is subjected to local anesthesia and a small telescope is inserted into the urethra to inspect the bladder. By studying the anatomy or the condition of the bladder, the real cause of urinary incontinence can be determined.

Flow Rate

Flow Rate is determined by a process wherein you would be asked to consume plenty of water and when you urinate, it is done over a toilet that can record the volume of urine and the total time you take to empty your bladder.

Cystometrogram (CMG)

CMG is a procedure wherein a catheter is used to deliver sterile water or a gas, normally carbon dioxide, into the bladder. Following this, a radiologist or urologist diagnosing your problem of urinary continence in Des Moines will record your descriptions of the sensation you feel when you get the urge to urinate. The catheter is then removed and you would be asked to cough, strain and urinate, while the sensations are again observed as described by you.

Voiding Diary

Voiding Diary is a method of keeping records of the time of the day when you feel the urge to urinate and the amount of urine that is leaked. The volume of urine is recorded in ounces.

Voiding Cystourethrogram (VCUG)

VCUG is a process wherein a catheter is inserted inside the bladder to pump in iodine. Once done, an X-ray is taken during voiding.

Intravenous Pyelogram

This is another process that uses X-ray as a diagnosing tool but unlike VCUG, an injection of iodine is administered into the vein and instead of inspecting the bladder, the kidney is photographed using X-ray to determine the extent of damage to the kidneys.

While getting diagnosed for urinary incontinence at Des Moines, you may or may not have to be subjected to all these tests. It would depend on your condition and the recommendation of the urologist. Also, if you are allergic to iodine or seafood, then that must be reported to seek alternatives to the VCUG and Intravenous Pyelogram procedures.


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