Beating Urinary Incontinence: Non-Surgical Options
Is it time that you talked to your doctor about your incontinence? No matter if you have occasional or constant urinary incontinence, you don’t have to live in misery. There are proven physical exercises you can do before medication or surgery is recommended. Talk with your doctor about what steps you need to take to make your life better.
To start, both women and men should do Kegel. Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor for both men and women. The pelvic floor muscles control the flow of urine by tightening around the urethra. This helps to control the bladder so you don’t have accidents. Women also benefit from a stronger pelvic floor because it prevents bladder, uterine, and vaginal prolapse. Such a simple and effective exercise can be done without anyone knowing. The safest measure is to work on building up your Kegel count while practicing bladder mindfulness.
Physical Therapy is an Option
If Kegel exercises are not enough, women can have physical therapy where gentle electric shocks are administered that help tighten the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Abdominal exercises are also prescribed to help, but sometimes surgery is necessary. While physical therapy and surgery are invasive, they are highly effective. Only you and your doctor can determine if the risk of surgery is worth the outcome.
Train your Brain
Men and women, when you first feel the need to urinate, get up and go! Don’t risk your bladder reaching a breaking point and you risking yourself having an accident. Training your mind and bladder is a smart way to stay hydrated, which your body needs, without having accidents. Creating good habits works for you! Get up and go to the bathroom every hour. Limit liquids at night or when you know you won’t have bathroom access and afterwards, hydrate up when you are back near a bathroom.
Men have external catheters available to them that keeps create a stream of urine which prevents a messy accident. Used with a male guard, or male designed bladder pad, men that have urine dribble will stay dry as well.
If, after bladder training and Kegels, you still need medical intervention, there are many options. Prescription drugs, creams, and surgical methods are available through a urologist. Estrogen creams help women with muscle tightening of the vaginal area, which in turn, helps the muscles around the urethra tighten. Overactive bladder is a common medical diagnosis and your doctor may prescribe you medication for it. Pessaries, vaginal meshes, and Botox are also available to keep the muscles and organs from sagging and creating pressure on your bladder.
Your life is meant to be lived. Don’t let the common issue of urinary incontinence ruin your life.