Urinary incontinence is a common side effect of uterus problems or pelvic floor weakness. It can be an incredibly embarrassing condition. However, it’s important to know that urinary incontinence affects about 20% of women, and is nothing to be ashamed of. What’s more, milder cases of stress incontinence, which is the most common type of urinary incontinence, can often be alleviated through self-care.
Stress incontinence occurs when pressure is put on the bladder through things like laughing, sneezing, coughing or exercise. Given how unavoidable and frequent these activities are, it’s important to deal with incontinence so you can relax and enjoy your day-to-day life. Depending on your current lifestyle, there are some significant changes that you can make in order to look after your general health and reduce milder stress incontinence.
Poorly managed diabetes can contribute to stress incontinence. If you are diabetic, make sure you follow medical guidelines. A balanced and nutritious diet can provide a boost in wellbeing, but can also be particularly important if you have issues with your blood sugar.
Do you smoke? If so, this might be the time to quit. Smoking has numerous negative health impacts, and giving up may help to alleviate your condition. Quitting has never been easier, with countless methods and nicotine replacement options available to suit your needs.
Another much simpler way to manage mild stress incontinence is to simply cut down on your fluid consumption. Whilst it’s important to remain hydrated, it’s possible to do this by drinking little and often. This can help you to avoid an overly full bladder that can contribute to leakages. Stopping the intake of caffeine can also have a profoundly positive impact.
In addition to self-care, it’s important to see a physician to identify the underlying cause of stress incontinence. If it is due to uterus problems such as prolapse, you may require prolapse surgery or other uterine surgery by a specialist surgeon, such as Mr Broome. If your incontinence fails to respond to self-care, medication or pelvic floor strengthening, or if your condition is severe, you can also consider stress incontinence surgery to alleviate the problem. Contact us if you’d like to discuss your options.