If urinary incontinence has become a part of life for you in Newbury, and it is a part of your life you wish desperately to change for the better. It is bad enough that urinary incontinence afflicts you, but it is also a disorder that can be rather difficult to endure. What may shock you to learn is that more people than you realize suffer with some degree of urinary incontinence. If left untreated, urinary incontinence can go from mild to worse. This is why it is a good idea for you to take a proactive interest in improving the way your urinary system works. In most cases of urinary incontinence, it is possible to actually improve your situation, provided there is no major issue preventing this from occurring.
Diagnosing Urinary Incontinence
When it comes to urinary incontinence, there are actually numerous reasons for why someone might be experiencing this problem. You may need to do a cough test, undergo urinalysis, keep a bladder diary and even be checked to see if you are retaining urine. If you retain a lot of urine after you have kept your bladder diary for a while, your doctor may suspect that you are experiencing an obstruction somewhere in your urinary tract, that you have nerve problems or that you are experiencing issues with muscle function. If it is not apparent what is causing your urinary incontinence, then your doctor may resort to more extensive testing: urodynamic testing and a pelvic ultrasound, for example.
Treating Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence can have a range of treatments depending on what is causing it to occur. In general, your doctor may want to try noninvasive methods of treating urinary incontinence first, before suggesting something as radical as a surgical option. Many of these treatments are oriented around the idea of retraining your bladder to urinate at more appropriate intervals. For urge incontinence, for example, you will want to practice holding urine for ten minutes after the urge strikes. Practicing this can help to increase the interval between urges and hopefully get the interval up to between 2.5 to 3.5 hours apart. Cutting back on fluids is also another way to help retrain your bladder to hold urine longer without experiencing issues with incontinence. Another treatment approach is to try double urination. This is where you go, wait a few minutes and go again. This is done in order to try and empty more thoroughly so as to lengthen the interval between bathroom trips.
If you have something like urge or stress incontinence, practicing kegel exercises can often help to resolve or improve your incontinence. Kegel exercises are exercises that aim to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. By tightening up the muscles and getting them stronger, you may find it easier to restore your ability to hold urine without it leaking. This will make it easier to not need to be near a bathroom as well.
If you feel that you may be suffering from urinary incontinence and are interested in learning more about your treatment options, reach out to us here at Restoravita Medical Group to learn more. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!