Bladder Control Issues Don't Have to Be Embarrassing To Handle
Almost everyone has had at least one issue with urination in their lives. Perhaps they were on a road trip that was just a little too long between stops. Perhaps they were embarrassed or laughed too hard as children. Regardless of the person, almost no one has a 100% success rate with urination.
However, rare incidents like that are very different from someone who is suffering from bladder control. Urinary incontinence can be a troubling issue for many and is caused by many different things. Sometimes it may be short lived, but other times it can be persistent. There are many ways in which urinary incontinence can be handled. Some deal with handling the symptoms and urine leakage. Others work on the body’s ability to calm the bladder. Finally, there are medical treatments available for serious cases .
Products to Help
There are many products which are used to assist in urinary incontinence. Men may have to use urinary catheters. These are inserted into the urethra and are used to help the bladder fully empty. Men do have other options. Penile clamps can keep the penis closed, but have to only be used sometimes. Male guards are placed over the tip of a penis to deal with light leaks. Condom catheters fit around the length of the penis, then has a tube leading to a bag which collects urine.
Female options include absorbent pads, disposable underwear, absorbent panties and incontinence briefs. These all function in essentially the same way. They collect leaks, store them away from the skin and reduce the odor. Underpads can be used on furniture or beds to handle unexpected leaks. Women may also use pessaries. These compress the urethra or provide support to the bladder if it is sagging. Pessaries are inserted through the vagina and will require maintenance and proper fitting to ensure they work correctly.
The first step may be changing diet and liquid intake. Many people are drinking liquids that increase the chance of urinary incontinence. The sheer volume of liquid can fill the bladder as well. If it can’t properly empty, then there’s likely to be some leakage.
Kegel exercises can be a useful lifestyle choice. These exercises strengthen the pelvic floor. These exercises involve contracting the same muscles that help to prevent the body from urinating for up to five seconds, then relaxing for the same amount of time. Some people need to start slower and work up to it. Ideally, the amount of time held should increase up to 10 seconds at a time. Multiple repetitions (usually 10) should be completed several times per day.
There are many behavioral techniques that can help with bladder control. Bladder training is a denial of the immediate need to urinate. Each time this is practiced, the length of time should be stretched out a bit longer to assist in waiting normal amounts of time between urination. Once that’s possible, then scheduling visits to the toilet can train the body to wish to urinate at specific times. Some people who have issues with overflow incontinence can practice double voiding. You urinate, then wait a couple of minutes and make an effort to urinate again. All of these combined together can make a huge difference!
Ideally, medical treatment won’t be needed. It’s the most serious cases that require medical treatment. Medication is often an option. There are medications that can perform a variety of functions to the bladder, nerves or surrounding areas which help relieve urinary incontinence.
Surgery may be needed in some cases.
Surgery tends to be the last choice in treatment. There are several different versions. Sling procedures create a pelvic sling around the area where the bladder connects to the urethra. It’s useful for stress incontinence. Prolapse surgery is needed when the bladder has become prolapsed. Bladder neck suspension helps give additional body support to the urethra and bladder neck. Finally, artificial urinary sphincter surgery places a fluid ring around the bladder neck. It closes off the urethra. In order to urinate, the person presses a valve under the skin that allows the ring to relax and the urine flows!
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