Suffer from urinary tract incontinence? You’re not alone. Over 25 million Americans suffer from the condition, and 80% of them are women. In fact, 1 in 4 women over the age of 18 experiences involuntary episodes of urine leakage at least occasionally. It can be embarrassing — yet common. Fortunately, there are natural exercises and medical approaches that can address the condition without the use of invasive surgery.
Here are 6 natural remedies for urinary stress incontinence. Regain a full life with confidence and urinary control!
Kegel exercises are a series of workouts you can do that flex the same muscles you use to stop the urinary flow. Talk to your therapist to see how many to do and how often. Many of our patients see improvement after 6 to 12 weeks of exercise. The workouts must be ongoing to maintain the benefits.
Excess body fat puts pressure on the bladder and pelvic muscles. In addition to kegel exercises, we always recommend our patients get regular exercise and maintain a healthy diet. This can help trim off the pounds, remove pressure from the bladder, and improve your mobility and overall life enjoyment.
Magnesium has been found to reduce urinary stress incontinence. Some scientists suspect that it works to reduce bladder muscle spasms and allows the bladder to empty completely. In a small study at Tel Aviv University in Israel, more than half of the 40 women who took magnesium hydroxide pills twice a day experienced improvements in their conditions, and did not wake up as many times in the night to go to the bathroom.
Biofeedback is a method of electrical sensors to monitor muscles. This way, your doctor can get a better sense of what’s happening in your body so you can make changes that reduce incontinence.
TempSure Vitalia is a method of heating up the vagina to encourage the body’s natural production of collagen. This creates denser, more supple tissues in the vagina to give you greater control. Treatment’s typically 30 minutes. We generally recommend 3 to 4 treatments depending on your condition. You can immediately return to a full lifestyle — there is no downtime or recovery time. Many of our patients choose to do the procedure during their lunch hour.
A pessary is a ring like device inserted into the vagina to lift and support the vagina and bladder. This helps incontinence associated with coughing or exercise. The device is designed to support the bladder neck — much like a tampon. Maintaining good hygiene is important. Some women also use hormonal cream to lessen irritation.