How to Stop Bladder Leaks (Part 1)
Research has shown that more than half of people who experience bladder leaks (“urinary incontinence”) don’t discuss the condition with their health care provider. But there is really no need to feel embarrassed, since 1 in every 3 women experience bladder leakage when they laugh, sneeze, cough or workout.
Bladder leakage, or urinary incontinence, affects both women and men of all ages – although it becomes more common as we get older. The good news is that there are new treatments that can minimize or eliminate bladder leaks without surgery – sometimes with just one treatment.
What Causes Bladder Leaks?
There are two main types of urinary incontinence stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Knowing which type you have can help you and your doctor determine the best treatment.
- Stress Incontinence Bladder Leaks
If you have stress incontinence, activities that raise the pressure inside your abdomen cause urine to leak through the muscle in your bladder that normally holds it in. With stress incontinence, coughing, sneezing, laughing, running, exercising jumping and lifting heavy objects is often responsible for a urine leak.
Childbirth, smoking, age or being overweight raises the risk of stress incontinence in women. Stress incontinence is much more rare in men and is often due to prostate cancer treatment, such as radiation or surgery.
- Urge Incontinence Bladder Leaks
Urge Incontinence – also called overactive bladder – is a medical condition in which the brain, spinal cord and bladder don’t work together properly to hold and release urine at the right time. The bladder may suddenly empty, or a person may feel the need to urinate frequently.
Diseases that affect the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis or stroke, can cause urge incontinence in men and women. In men, an enlarged prostate may be the cause. However, in many cases, doctors can’t identify what causes urge incontinence.
It is also possible to have both types of incontinence at the same time. Fortunately, the majority of both types of urinary incontinence can either be cured or significantly improved.
Home Remedies for Bladder Leaks
There are some steps you can take at home to cut down on bladder leaks.
Avoiding certain foods, drinks and ingredients can help reduce bladder leaks, including:
·Citrus fruits and tomatoes
Overweight and obese women who lose weight also report fewer episodes of bladder leakage. But we all know that weight loss is much easier said than done.
Certain exercises can help control your bladder to some extent, including “Kegel” exercises in which you tighten pelvic muscles to strengthen them.
While these “home remedies”can help to some extent with frustrating bladder leakage, they can be an inconvenience and often are difficult to “follow through” with.
Fortunately, state-of-the-art medical treatments now make it very ease to treat leaking bladders – without surgery! In PART 2 of this article we discuss these new and exciting non-surgical treatments for urinary incontinence!
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