• How to Improve Urinary Incontinence

    by Dr. Lori Sevald
    on Jul 27th, 2016

(Originally Posted on Jan 13, 2016)

When you suffer from urinary incontinence, you know it’s more than an inconvenience. While each person differs in the severity when they lose control of their bladder, it’s important that you talk to your doctor about the symptoms. For some, minor leaks occur when pressure is applied to the body such as by sneezing. For others, every day is affected because they are continually rushing to the bathroom due to urges, just hoping they make it on time. Here are a few ways to help improve urinary incontinent, so you can focus on the moment, instead of your bladder.

Medication

Medication can be used for many of the symptoms of urinary incontinence. Your doctor will determine which medication will be most appropriate for your overactive bladder. Be sure you have an open dialogue with your gynecologist about your particular situation, so they have a complete understanding of what you go through when it comes to your bladder. Not all medication for incontinence requires a prescription, so if you’re taking (or are thinking of taking) an over-the-counter medicine, talk to your doctor first. This will ensure that you’re utilizing the proper doses and ingredients.

Laser Treatment

While still awaiting the FDA approval, this laser treatment has been shown to improve the symptoms of urinary incontinence. It also provides many other benefits such as enhancing vaginal laxity and improving dryness and irritations to name a few. Botox has also been shown to reduce the symptoms of incontinence because it allows the bladder muscles to relax, decreasing the amount of episodes you have since the bladder can function properly at full capacity.

Lifestyle Changes

There are times when stress and other lifestyle choices can be the cause of urinary incontinence. Talk to your doctor about the best exercises you can do to increase the strength of your bladder. Kegels are an exercise that many women are familiar with. You should also pay attention to the foods and beverages that you consume. Try to avoid spicy foods and caffeine because they have a tendency to annoy the bladder, thus enhancing the problem instead of subsiding it. If you find that small lifestyle changes are improving your situation, your doctor can provide you with more changes that you can make to continue with the positive results.

Surgery

If you’ve tried other options to help correct urinary incontinence, but nothing has helped relieve the symptoms, then talk to your doctor about surgical options. There are a number of different procedures depending on the severity of your incontinence such as returning the bladder to its natural position. If you find that surgery is the best option for you, listen carefully to your doctor’s recommendations and the different options you have to make an educated choice for your body.

If you suffer from urinary incontinence, you don’t have to feel alone. This is not an uncommon issue for women, and there is help available. Contact Palm Beach Obstetrics & Gynecology at 561-434-0111 to schedule an appointment. You can also visit us at the location that is most convenient for you in Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, or West Palm Beach.

Author Dr. Lori Sevald

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