Limited by Stress Incontinence?

Incontinence is a common medical condition that can be caused by a wide variety of factors. It most often plagues women who have experienced multiple childbirths. Gravity, weight gain, vaginal surgeries, and menopausal estrogen loss all conspire against women to bring about incontinence.

Stress incontinence is characterized by a large or small leakage of urine during certain types of physical activities, including exercise, sexual intercourse, laughing, coughing, sneezing, or standing for an extended period of time. While embarrassing and inconvenient, there is hope for women suffering from stress incontinence.

Causes of Incontinence:

Urine flow is controlled by the pelvic muscles as well as the sphincter muscle surrounding the urethra. Incontinence occurs when these muscles have been weakened by factors such as age, obesity, childbirth, chronic coughing conditions, or even smoking.

Diagnosis and Treatment:

If you have been diagnosed with stress incontinence, you have several treatment options. Behavioral changes include quitting smoking, cutting back on caffeinated beverages, avoiding intense physical activity that may exacerbate the problem, losing weight, and urinating more often throughout the day.

Training the muscles of the pelvic floor through daily Kegel exercises can both tighten and strengthen the sphincter muscle, reducing urine leakage. Aim for 20 to 30 Kegel exercises each day. Methods that are more complicated include electrical stimulation or a vaginal cone.

Medication, such as estrogen therapy or other drugs, might be prescribed for mild to moderate instances. In the most severe cases, surgery may be deemed necessary. Surgical procedures range from vaginal repair or collagen injections to vaginal slings or tape.

In the mean time, here are some activities to limit or avoid if possible, to reduce the unpleasant symptoms of incontinence. If you have any type of illness that lends itself to frequent coughing or sneezing, you may want to wear some extra protection while the sickness runs its course. Staying hydrated will help you avoid a bladder infection as well. Though laughter is said to be the best medicine, hold back from the hysterics as much as possible. Avoid lifting extremely heavy objects. Modify your exercise routine to include less jumping and running. Try to take frequent breaks if you have to be on your feet for long periods of time.

Do not let the symptoms of stress incontinence interfere with your job and social life. Talk to you doctor about which lifestyle changes or medical procedures may be right for you.

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