Don't Wait to Get Your Bladder Problems Checked Out and Treated
Dealing with severe bladder problems shouldn't be something that you put off. Not just because of the misery that the symptoms themselves can inflict upon your day-to-day life or to avoid embarrassing situations with incontinence. But because the underlying reason for the incontinence can be innocuous and superficial or can be very serious. Once you understand the root of your problem you will be equipped to survey the ways of responding.
Tips For Dealing With Bladder Control
It's imperative to see a gynecologist or a urologist to rule out more serious health problems that the problem may be reflecting since many of those problems can progress and get worse with time if not treated in a timely matter. Also, these specialists can suggest some pretty simple solutions for minor incontinence right away. You may learn that the solution is as easy as a two week perscription of antibiotics or a tube of estrogen cream. Your doctor should first offer you the least invasive and simplest solutions as long as the reason for the incontinence has been ruled out to be a non-life threatening situation.
Medication, the Physician's Most Readily Available Tool
The most immediate solution that most medical doctors choose, because the drug industry visits them daily and schools them on doing it, is to write a perscription and give you medication. Doctors see medication as something a patient can be counted on to take, vs. diet, exercise and life style changes. You will find that naturopathically trained doctors take a different route with drugs being used much more judiciously. Medications, without fail, have side effects, that is repercussions that are not helpful to your health.
Some of the most effective pharmaceuticals for more serious bladder control issues include
- topical or vaginal estrogens,
- Tolterodin (Detrol),
- (Ditropan, Oxytrol),
- Darifenacin (Enablex) and
These medications either stop contractions that can result in incontinence, relax muscles that could be blocking you from releasing all that's in your bladder or to the contrary; tighten the muscles in your bladder that are not working hard enough to stop your bladder from leaking.
The three main causes just mentioned can only be decided by your physician, hence, illustrating the importance of seeing your doctor before seeking medication or treatment on your own.
Pharmaceutical options for better bladder control aside, there are some simple things you can do to naturally increase bladder control after you have been checked out by the doc!
Related Health Factors to Consider for Improving Bladder Control
One is to lose weight to increase bladder control and space. Some studies have concluded that when enough exercise and healthy dieting is practiced, especially by over weight women, incontinence episodes are reduced by an average of 70%, showing that weight loss reduces incontinence dramatically in many cases, especially when pelvic exercises are practiced as part of the weight loss regimen. Kegel exercises are an especially effective way to work out the pelvic floor and sphincter muscles which will help to plug the leakages.
Pelvic floor muscle exercises or PFME and Kegels exercises are also useful, especially after childbirth and should also be practiced to strengthen components of the bladder. Also bladder training to treat incontinence can supplement your regimen for bladder control. This includes delaying urinating (to stretch the bladder), urinating only once every few hours or even learning to relax your muscles when you go to the bathroom. These techniques to fight incontinence have met limited success compared to directly exercising the muscles of the bladder, but won't hurt nonetheless.
Cutting Edge Non-Invasive Retraining Treatments
Two other interesting and basically non-invasive treatments for bladder control include biofeedback and electrical stimulation for incontinence treatment. Biofeedback for incontinence is used to track, throughout a span of time, when bladder and urethral muscles contract, by using electronic devices to measure these contractions.
Using the information about these patterns, timed exercises and electrical stimulation is used to help control the muscles of the bladder. The electrical stimulation strengthens the muscles in the same way working out builds muscles, in other words by flexing them. This has in some cases stabilized overactive muscles and contracted urethral muscles making it useful for both stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
Finally, depending upon your level of incontinence, there are many absorbent products for incontinence to make life much easier in the meantime. There are shields, under pads, diapers, briefs and other protective underwear that you can try in order to see which best suits your needs.