Urinary incontinence is not a disease. Urinary incontinence can be a symptom of certain conditions like inactivity of obesity or the result of certain events during a woman’s life, like childbirth or participation in sports with repetitive bouncing (horseback riding or volleyball). Nor is urinary incontinence a consequence of aging.
Sudden Urinary Incontinence also known as “Sudden Incontinence” is a general term for any persistent disorder that results in an involuntary loss of urine. The mechanisms that trigger Sudden Incontinence are sometimes difficult to determine but certain foods, such as tomatoes, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, chocolate, and alcohol, can cause bladder symptoms.
Perineal re-education is meant to stop the problem at the source by retraining the pelvic floor muscles before things get too out of control. When you deliver a baby with a traditional birth process, your pelvic floor muscles endure a huge amount of stress; unfortunately, not everyone fully recovers from the process, leaving the pelvic floor muscles weak and the bladder unable to fully stretch and contract properly.
During menopause, your body also becomes much more likely to experience something called pelvic organ prolapse; this involves one or more of the pelvic floor muscles drops down and pressures the vagina, sometimes even protruding a little bit in extreme cases. Women who have given birth vaginally are at a greater risk for this during menopause, as vaginal birth puts extreme stress on the pelvic floor muscles with the decrease in estrogen exacerbating the issue. Naturally, when various muscles are weakened, they are less likely to retain their proper position. The pelvic floor muscles are especially susceptible to this because of their unique position and function in the body.
Low self-esteem matters more than you think. When you are less self-confident, you expend less energy in your everyday tasks. Your boss may notice a decrease in your performance at work. Your sex drive may be lowered. You tend to spend less time with your friends and family. Sounds awful, doesn't it?
NMES mimics those nervous system signals with a low voltage electrical signal, forcing the muscles to move. These signals, over time with proper diet and exercise, can actually make your muscles stronger and more flexible over time, quickly turning those muscles around after not being used for a while.
Urinary tract infections (or UTIs) are surprisingly common. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, UTIs are incredibly common. In fact, UTIs are the second most common type of infection in the body. A urinary tract infection (UTI) is caused by bacteria entering the urethra. Here's a quick overview of UTIs and how they relate to incontinence.
Exercising is not the most exciting thing in the world, especially with urinary incontinence. But there are some very quick and easy (though still not as quick and easy as the Yarlap) exercises which can be handily adapted to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Check out these two exercises and show your bladder who's boss!