How is incontinence treated?
Shhh! I don’t want to talk about it, but there is this little problem I seem to have…Like so many other issues in today’s life incontinence is out of the closet. No, oh heavens, no. We aren’t discussing a leaking bladder at the dinner table, but here among friends with similar problems nothing is held back.
In earlier blogs, I discussed the need to see a specialist to determine what kind or UI (urinary incontinence) you have. Let’s take up from blog 12.
Bladder Retraining & Kegel Exercises
Your doctor will be able to see a pattern by examining your bathroom usage or pee diary. Often they will suggest retraining. This is called “timed voiding”. If it sounds familiar to you moms, it probably is. We did the same thing when we were potty training our toddlers only now we are attempting to retrain our own bladders. As you regain control you can lengthen the time between trips to the potty, bathroom, head or loo.
Kegel exercises help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. They are easy to learn and can be done ANYWHERE.
Sometimes all that is needed to correct incontinence is bladder retraining or pelvic floor strengthening. Sadly in many cases this is not true. In future blogs, I will explore medications and biofeedback.
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