Urinary incontinence is a common and often frustrating condition that can be managed through behavioral and lifestyle changes. Below are four ways you can improve your incontinence symptoms and get better bladder control:
Pee every hour, on the hour.
Did you know that you can learn how to retrain your bladder to go when you want it to? The technique, called bladder retraining, involves going to the bathroom on a schedule that’s based on your bladder habits. You can start the schedule with one hour intervals, and then slowly work up to 2-hour and 3-hour intervals. The goal of bladder retraining is to increase your bladder’s capacity to hold urine, which in turn, reduces the amount of bathroom breaks and wetting accidents.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released new guidelines for treating urinary stress incontinence and urge incontinence without surgery.
For women with stress urinary incontinence, kegel exercises are recommended. Kegels help strengthen the muscles and tissues that control urine flow.
For women with urge incontinence, the group suggested bladder training. This treatment involves going to the bathroom on a schedule. As bladder control is gradually regained, the interval between bathroom breaks is increased. Continue reading
Urge incontinence often comes in waves and without warning. The condition affects millions of people in the U.S. and can cause disruptions in one’s work, social and personal life. One effective way to manage this condition is bladder retraining.
This process involves creating a timed voiding schedule, which is essentially a schedule of when you’ll use the bathroom throughout the day. Timed voiding programs are designed to help people increase their bladder’s capacity to hold urine and to learn how to control sudden bladder spasms.
Symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) are more common and severe after vaginal birth when compared to cesarean birth, according to a new John Hopkins study.
Led by Victoria L. Handa, MD, of Johns Hopkins University, the study included 1,481 women who had given birth 5-10 years prior. Symptoms of OAB and SUI were assessed using the Epidemiology of Prolapse and Incontinence Questionnaire.
An overactive bladder (OAB) can cause great disruptions in one’s life. People with OAB experience frequent and sudden bladder spasms, and sometimes can’t even make it to the bathroom in time (urge incontinence). Overactive bladder can affect one’s work, relationships, social life and self-esteem. Fortunately there are many ways to treat the condition.
One way to treat overactive bladder is by using a vibrating watch and implementing a timed voiding program.