How to Improve Incontinence

In 1992, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research determined that not only can you improve urinary incontinence problems, but it can potentially be cured in some sufferers. Urinary incontinence is the inability to stop the flow of urine at will. Mostly those of the older generation suffer from it, and more women than men, with 11 million women sufferers. Efforts to improve incontinence usually become necessary due to childbirth, stress, prostate surgery and hormonal changes. There are some simple steps you can take to improve incontinence.


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    Treat the urinary incontinence medicinally. One medication, Duloxetin, is cleared for use in Europe. There are concerns about this medication's affect on certain individuals, so it's important to discuss usage of it with a doctor. Other medicines in this vein include Ditropan and Estrogen.
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    Try to treat incontinence physically by utilizing vaginal weights. Position these items inside the vagina, then contract and release in order to strengthen the vaginal muscles. This allows you to gain more control over urination flow. The suggested duration of such a physical therapy is for 15 minutes, 2 times per day.
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    Perform Kegel exercises. These exercises develop the pelvic muscles, making urinary incontinence less severe, and in some cases end it.
    • Contract the pelvic muscle during Kegels, and count to 4. Then release the muscle, and count to 4. Performing these 30 to 80 times per day during an 8-week period is a recommended, practical regimen.
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    Pace yourself. You should only hold the tightening and relaxation periods during these vaginal exercises for as long as physical possible. After a period of practice, the time that you can endure the tightening period should increase, which strengthens the muscles.
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    Devote anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks to a regimen of physical treatments for incontinence before expecting to see a change in urine leakage. A consistent schedule of performing the incontinence exercise can yield results in a shorter period of time.
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    Seek immediate medical specialist attention in severe cases of incontinence. Incontinence can occur due to pelvic organ prolapse, a condition wherein the bladder actually drops or sags. This condition may require a physician's attention, as well as physical therapy and/or exercises to follow such medical treatment.


  • Ensure that the physical treatment of incontinence is not overly strenuous as to cause injury. Be sure to follow the recommended durations for the exercises, and consult a doctor if problems occur. Also do not tell other people that you have incontinence because it's implying that you're a danger to all sofas, easy chairs, mattresses, car seats, carpets and wood floors, because you're likely to urine stain them. The laws against criminal threat make it illegal to threaten property, so don't say "I'm incontinent" to anybody other than a doctor or it's an implied threat to urine stain other people's property, and implied threats are just as illegal as literal threats.

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