You have simply had it with embarrassing urine leakage, but are reluctant to undergo surgery to correct the problem. For many women, nonsurgical options can stop their incontinence issues, including exercises, lifestyle changes, laser therapy or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Contact a skilled hormone replacement therapy doctor to learn of your options.
Stress vs. Urgency Incontinence
Women may suffer from two types of incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs when urine leaks when laughing hard, sneezing or coughing or during exercise. The pelvic floor muscles weaken as women age, but age alone is not the only cause of stress incontinence. Other culprits include:
- Constipation straining
- Chronic coughing
- Excess weight
Urgency incontinence occurs when you have trouble holding urine before getting to the bathroom. This type of incontinence is usually caused by bladder issues or damage. Speak with your doctor if you experience urgency incontinence to receive a definite diagnosis.
You can perform Kegel exercises anytime, anywhere and no one is the wiser. Over time, these exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and prevent urinary incontinence. Locate your pelvic floor muscles by ceasing to urinate in mid-flow.
Once you have found these muscles, contract and hold for at least five seconds, then relax and repeat the exercise five times in a row. Eventually, work your way to a 10 second hold and repetition.
Practice Kegel exercises several times daily, but not while you are urinating. Avoid tightening your buttocks, abdomen or thighs while doing Kegel exercises.
Some basic lifestyle changes can stop urinary incontinence, or greatly reduce it. This includes limiting consumption of alcohol and caffeine and starting a diet and exercise regimen if you are overweight.
Smoking is always unhealthy, and often leads to chronic coughing. Improve your overall health by quitting tobacco and losing the cough causing urine leakage.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
For postmenopausal women dealing with urinary incontinence, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may prove the answer.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps women deal with the side effects of menopause, such as hot flashes, mood swing and night sweats, but it can also relieve stress incontinence. The plant-based estrogens found in bioidentical hormones support urinary tract health.
Contact Dr. Jacobson Today
If you suffer from urinary incontinence and would like to know more about nonsurgical treatments, call Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation.