Learn about the many strategies that can improve bladder control.
If you suffer from bladder control problems, you are hardly alone. Many options are available to cure your incontinence for good. To start, find a doctor who can assess your specific situation and guide you towards the best treatment. Here are several treatment options that your doctor may discuss with you:
Weight loss and diet. Since abdominal fat pushes down on the bladder and pelvic muscles, losing weight may improve bladder control. Ditch the coffee and cigarettes; they are known irritants to the bladder.
Behavioral therapies. Bladder training comes in several forms. For example, one technique involves postponing visits to the bathroom by small increments until you return to a normal rate of urination. In behavioral therapy, awareness of your habits – even keeping a journal of activity, if necessary – becomes crucial.
Medications. Common prescriptions range from a topical estrogen cream to antidepressants that treat both stress and the need to urinate frequently.
Nerve stimulation. The sacral nerve in the spine controls frequency of urination. An implant containing small electrodes sends impulses to it, thus regulating bladder activity in the same way that a pacemaker regulates the heart.
Devices. Several types of inserts, such as the pessary, are commonly used to prevent leakage, either in temporary situations or for twenty four hour use.
Surgery. Operations can clear obstructions, reposition the bladder or strengthen pelvic muscles. Although often reserved for last, surgery offers many options for solving incontinence.
Learn more about incontinence and bladder health by visiting the National Association for Continence website. Brandon Regional Hospital provides doctors and resources that can help you today. Call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-327-2636 for answers to your health questions or a free physician referral.