According to the National Association for Continence, nearly 25 million Americans have trouble with bladder control. Out of that number, 75-80 percent are women. This can be a difficult topic for many to talk about, even if it is common. A lot of folks probably don’t realize they’re not alone. Sometimes drugs and surgery are an option, but there are alternatives. Here are a few to consider:
These exercises are a top-notch treatment for incontinence. They involve flexing the muscles that are used to block urinary flow.
Extra weight in your belly area puts pressure on your pelvic muscles and bladder. If you lose that weight you can help restore control of your bladder.
It’s found in foods such as corn, bananas and potatoes, and can be taken as a supplement (ask your doctor first). Some doctors think this works because it helps reduce bladder muscle spasms, allowing the bladder to become completely empty.
One study showed that women 20 and older with normal levels of vitamin D were less likely to have pelvic floor disorders, which include incontinence.
Electrical sensors monitor muscles and allow you to get a sense of what’s happening in your body during biofeedback…this makes changes that reduce incontinence. Speak with your doctor about this possibility.
This is a device that looks like a ring and is inserted into the vagina to lift and support it and the bladder. Stress incontinence, the type that occurs when you cough or exercise, can be decreased using this method.
There are so many reasons to quit: add this to your list. Nicotine is known to irritate the bladder.
Lower caffeine intake
Caffeine is a diuretic and can irritate the bladder and stimulate muscle contractions. Cut down on it or cut it out.
Keep yourself hydrated
You may think that you should limit the amount you drink so that you won’t have to run to the bathroom, but it’s extremely important that you drink enough to manage incontinence. When you become dehydrated and constipated as a result, your bladder will become irritated. Go for that recommended eight cups per day of water and try to time it so that most of it is not consumed right before bed, of course.