Urinary incontinence is a condition that is characterized by weak or malfunctioning muscles and nerves that are responsible for holding and releasing urine. People struggling with this condition will typically unintentionally leak urine during moments of exertion or urinary urges. It is estimated that approximately 13 million American’s experience urinary incontinence. Two of the more common forms of incontinence are as follows:
- Stress incontinence, causes you to leak urine when there is external pressure placed on the bladder from coughing, laughing, or various forms of physical activity.
- Urge incontinence, or overactive bladder (OAB), is when you experience a strong sensation or urge to urinate and are unable to hold it.
Techniques to Manage Urinary Incontinence
There is a range of tips and tricks that can be applied to your daily routine to help you combat the effects of urinary incontinence. They include:
- Bladder training – involves following a urination schedule and performing suppression techniques to build bladder strength and confidence
- Double voiding – this method has you attempt to urinate twice when you are at the toilet, it encourages you to ensure your bladder is completely empty, reducing the likelihood of leaks.
- Scheduled trips – following a strict routine can help your body build a schedule to adhere to. It also can help you navigate your day easier, knowing the times at which you will likely need to urinate the most
- Fluid and diet management – Become more conscious of how much water/fluids you drink and when, as well as the water composition of the food you eat. Another important aspect is understanding foods and drinks that are diuretic, which promotes unwanted frequent urination.
- Pelvic floor exercises – These exercises promote mind-muscle connection and build strength in the muscles that control your urinary response.
There is a range of medications that can help with urinary incontinence symptoms, helping to relax the reflex muscles controlling the bladder, allowing the bladder to hold more urine for longer. There are also medications that act as signal blockers, preventing abnormal bladder behavior associated with frequent or unwanted urination.
For some patients, medical inserts can provide more preventative support and be more reassuring in high-stress situations.Pessary – a small disc that is manually inserted daily or as needed to support the urethra and prevent leakage
Urethral inserts – inserted directly into the urethra and acts as a physical obstruction, preventing leakages from happening.
The Urostym® is a full clinic-based non-surgical pelvic floor rehabilitation system that provides effective treatment for urinary incontinence. This method combines cutting-edge technology combines with mind-muscle techniques. This system monitors brain function as you attempt to perform certain functions, providing you with a real-time visual that directly correlates with your actions. This helps you visualize the brain-body neural connection that you are strengthening over time!
Dr. Kothandaraman uses Urgent PC that delivers percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) to treat patients with overactive bladder and the associated symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency, and urge incontinence.
Learn More About Urinary Incontinence Therapy in Arcadia, CA
The team at PurnaSTRI Women’s Health Excellence offers all of these therapy options to their patients, among many others. If you are experiencing urinary incontinence, meet with one of our specialists to determine which options could provide the greatest benefit to you! Don’t let urinary incontinence control your life! Implement the treatment methods at PurnaSTRI and regain your quality of life today! Call or schedule a consultation online today!