Incontinence: You’re Not Alone
Urinary incontinence is not an uncommon problem. In fact, 1 in 5 women struggle with it. Incontinence itself is not a disease but rather an indication that there is something else going on inside the body. It’s important to speak to a doctor to ensure that your incontinence is not a symptom of a more serious medical issue.
Incontinence can be caused by various factors. Some of your day-to-day activities could be causing what is known as temporary urinary incontinence. Different foods, drinks, diuretics and even medication may be causing you to feel a seemingly constant urge to use the bathroom. If you regularly consume caffeine, artificial sweeteners, sodas, alcohol or highly acidic beverages, this may also be a factor. Temporary urinary incontinence may also be a symptom of a urinary tract infection or constipation.
All forms of incontinence are treatable. Pelvic floor exercises are a great way to help rebuild the strength in those critical muscles after childbirth. In addition, there are several prescription medicines and minimally invasive surgeries available. Be sure to talk to your physician about which options are right for you and your needs.
What Are Non-Surgical Treatments for Urinary Incontinence?
Persistent urinary incontinence is a side effect of many natural changes women experience. From childbirth to aging, there are several natural factors that can affect the severity and frequency of your symptoms.
The muscles surrounding your bladder and pelvic floor experience many changes throughout the course of your life. When women are pregnant and then deliver vaginally, bladder muscles are weakened and there is also a possibility for nerve damage. As women continue to age, bladder muscles get weaker. When a woman reaches menopause, estrogen levels begin to decrease. Estrogen is responsible for maintaining the health of your bladder and urethra tissues. As the health of those tissues decline, this can add to the severity of a woman’s incontinence.
Preparing for Your Appointment
In preparing for your appointment to address urinary incontinence, keep a list of your diet, medications and how many times you are using the restroom. This added information will be very helpful to your physician in addressing your symptoms.
Women are affected by incontinence at all stages of life. It’s important to not let it go untreated and to understand that you are not alone. At Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists, we’re committed to giving you the answers and treatment you need while also making sure that you are comfortable. To make an appointment, please contact us here.