What To Do When Experiencing Bladder Leakage

Nearly half of American women will experience some sudden loss of bladder control at some time in their life.  It is expensive - the true total annual cost per woman for incontinence is near $2,006 for laundry, dry cleaning and loss and an incontinent woman will spend at least $750 on diapers annually. It restricts our freedom – there is a pervasive fear of judgement by others from a stain or odor to diminished sexual performance/ enjoyment.  It’s not necessarily a consequence of size or age - female college athletes experience a substantial rate of incontinence as well as mothers in their 30’s and 40’s. Urinary incontinence can be caused by events during a woman’s life.

#1. Understand the Cause so You Can Speak With Your Physician

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Urinary incontinence can be caused by events during a woman’s life. These events include:

  • Birthing and related surgery can damage the prudential nerve which can release the natural tension in pelvic floor muscle tissues.  Indeed, a number of studies suggest the strain of vaginal deliveries significantly increase the chances of developing urinary incontinence.
  • Sports or work activities where repetitive bouncing occurs (e.g., horseback riding).
  • Long term chronic coughing can weaken muscles from the constant repetitive strain.
  • Obesity can weaken the muscles of the pelvic floor from the unceasing load.

The muscles of the pelvic floor are primarily postural. The pelvic floor muscles hold and directly support a woman’s organs including the bladder, uterus, bowel and intestines in place If the atrophied muscles of the pelvic floor can no longer hold the organs in their natural postural position, the organs shift, which places pressure on the bladder and results in what is commonly known as stress urinary incontinence (see figure 2). According to U.S. National Library of Medicine, when atrophied pelvic muscles spasm, they can contract causing urge incontinence. Mixed incontinence happens when the patient has both urge and stress urinary incontinence.

#2. Speak to Your Physician About the Options for Your Treatment

Neurological problems that affect the brain and spine, which may develop later in life and may not necessarily be from birth can adversely affect urination control so be sure you speak with your physician.

However, the solution to your incontinence is often very simple and you can treat the cause in your own home. Qualitative data indicate good pelvic floor muscle tone can abate lower back, hip and knee pain and can condition a woman to be ready and responsive to experience her next orgasm.

The medical profession most often addresses the problem of female urinary incontinence with three principal solutions: medications, surgery and or exercise (Kegels) to improve pelvic floor muscle tone.

Pelvic Floor Exercises: Female pelvic floor muscle tone is the most personal of all exercises; critical to post-partum perineal re-education, sexual response and to the woman as nurturer. The muscles that spasmodically contract in orgasm are those same pelvic floor muscles.[8] Dr. Kegel notes “sexual feeling within the vagina is closely related to muscle tone, and can be improved through muscle education and resistive exercise.”[9] Unfortunately, to be effective the exercise must be done right and a significant number of women who try to tone their pelvic floor muscles with Kegel exercises find it difficult to determine if their pelvic muscle exercises have been performed correctly. Remember, biofeedback monitors muscle activity only. Chose a device to help you do it right.

Medications: There are a number of medications available by prescription to treat Overactive Bladder even though experts in the field suggest the condition may be best managed without drugs.  And, in spite of all the promotional resources spend advertising medications, half the women prescribed drugs for overactive bladder stop taking the medication within six months.  Perhaps, because the side effects include dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, dizziness and may be linked to dementia.

Surgery: A small subset of sufferers undergoes FUI surgery. In most cases, a “pelvic sling” is implanted through the vagina into the pelvic floor to reposition the visceral organs Surgery will last about seven years and after a number of surgeries, it is no longer an option.  A 15% rate of “complications” on approximately 206,000 procedures a year, suggests a discordant patient benefit analysis. In December 2016, researchers at Cornell University reported, “… that no amount of mesh is completely safe.”

Consumer Reports says, “Non-drug strategies such as Kegel exercises and bladder training can work as well as medication without the risk of side effects.”

#3. Speak to Your Physician About the Yarlap, an FDA Cleared OTC Treatment for Incontinence.

Designed by an author and referee for medical and scientific peer review journals, and a colleague of the team that developed the devices used by the National Healthcare systems of France, Germany, Scandinavia and Great Britain the Yarlap® tones the pelvic floor muscles and you can get it direct from the manufacturer. When we exercise naturally, our mind sends a mild electrical signal to our muscles to work and rest.

Fun Facts about Yarlap:

  • Sends a precise signal to your muscles, so you can simply relax, even multitask, as your muscles tone
  • Has three pre-set clinically proven programs for, “that in and up feeling” you get from a proper Kegel contraction.  Plus, three pre-set clinically proven programs for pelvic floor muscle massage for relaxing those critical muscles
  • Women of all sizes, regardless of age
  • Stable and comfortable – the optimal way to learn to contract and to comfortably relax your muscles on command.
  • AutoKegel® does the pelvic floor exercise for you. • The Yarlap® is an essential travel buddy to maintain your freedom (continence) and to stay tight and toned!
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