Do you suffer from urinary problems? It can be embarrassing, but know that you’re not alone. At our health and wellness clinics in New York and Cincinnati, we help treat numerous men and women suffering from urinary stress incontinence. Indeed, nearly 25% of women over the age of 18 suffer episodes of urine leakage from time to time. It’s lower in men, but 3 to 11% of men suffer from the condition. Men make up roughly 40% of all urinary stress incontinence patients. Fortunately, there are natural treatments that can help. Some of these you can try at home. Other methods we can do through non-invasive treatments at our holistic health and wellness center.
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.
Kegel exercises can be safely done during pregnancy or following childbirth. They are best done as part of your daily routine and can be done discreetly while sitting on the couch or at your desk.
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 vaginal wall and adjacent muscle 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 45 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.
The procedure is relaxing and gentle. The wand is inserted into the vagina to gently heat the vaginal tissue and increase the body’s natural production of collagen. There is little to no discomfort. The therapy revitalizes your intimate areas. In addition to reducing urinary stress incontinence, it can also improve sexual sensation and increase your ability to orgasm.
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 help rejuvenate the tissue.