Urinary Incontinence Non-Surgical Treatment in Women

Urinary Incontinence Non-Surgical Treatment in Women

 

Urinary incontinence isn't an inevitable result of aging. Most women who have it can be helped or cured. The best treatment depends on the cause of your incontinence and your personal preferences. Treatments include:

Behavioral training:

  • such as bladder training and timed urination.
  • Set a schedule of urinating every 2 to 4 hours, regardless of whether you feel the need.
  • use a bladder diary to keep track of your symptoms and any leaking of urine. Your diary can help you and your doctor find the best treatment for you.

 

Lifestyle changes and pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises.

  • Doing pelvic floor exercises will strengthen your pelvic muscles.
  • Staying at a healthy weight also helps in reducing incontinence. Losing weight often helps stress incontinence. Remember that effective weight-loss programs depend on a combination of diet and exercise.
  • Smoking causes coughing, which can make it harder to control your urine. Quitting smoking relieves coughing.
  • If you have trouble reaching the bathroom before you urinate, try making a clearer, quicker path to the bathroom and wearing clothes that are easily removed (such as those with elastic waistbands or Velcro closures). Or keep a bedpan close to your bed or chair.
  • Wear a tampon while doing activities such as jogging or dancing to put a little pressure on your urethra and to temporarily slow or stop leakage.
  • Sometimes making lifestyle changes can help with urge incontinence. Try to identify any foods that might irritate your bladder-including citrus fruits, chocolate, tomatoes, vinegars, dairy products, aspartame, and spicy foods-and cut back on them. Also, avoid alcohol and 

Medicines.

  • Talk with your doctor about all prescription and non-prescription medicines you take. Find out if any of them may be making your incontinence