Don’t ignore the symptom of leaking as it may cause relationship problems and hygiene issues
Middle age women, abstain from going out or if they are out in a mall or cinema they first look for a toilet/washroom. Such women suffer from a problem called urinary incontinence.
Urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine. It is a very common problem and is affecting millions of people worldwide.
Dr. Nikita Trehan, Consultant Gynaecologist & Laparoscopic surgeon, Sunrise Hospital, South Delhi (Kalindi Colony) shares some practical tips and techniques for women to deal with urinary incontinence.
Incontinence among women can be embarrassing and downright frustrating. It can lead to anxiety, depression and interfere with your work, love life, sports or social activities and self-esteem. The symptoms vary depending on the type of in-continence.
There are many types.
Stress incontinence: This is the most common and is caused by the urethra not squeezing well enough. Urine is leaked during activities that cause strain or pressure on the bladder, like exercising, coughing, laughing, or sneezing.
Urge incontinence: This is an urgent need to urinate and sudden involuntary leaking of urine. It is caused by the bladder muscle squeezing when you don’t want it to. It is attributed to a loss of the signal that warns you of the need tourinate.
Other types: Some of them develop because of short-term conditions like aurinary tract infection or constipation. It can also result from neurologic conditions, surgery, trauma, or radiation treatment.
Dealing with incontinence:
Kegel exercise: Kegel exercises strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. You have better control of your urine flow and this prevents leaking. Stronger pelvic muscles can also improve your sexual function. Learning Kegel’s exercise takes practice and patience.
Bladder training: It is a technique to teach the bladder to stay relaxed. It involves urinating on schedule, whether you feel the urge or not and gradually increasing the time between voiding.
Double voiding: Relax and empty your bladder sitting on the toilet; then stand and count 10 before sitting, relaxing, and emptying your bladder again. This helps in emptying your bladder completely and prevents post-void dribbling.
Food: Certain food and drink can irritate your bladder; this feels like an urge to go to the bathroom, even if your bladder isn’t full. To prevent this kind of irritation, identify foods and drinks that bother your bladder and avoid them.
Lose weight: Losing weight can reduce the pressure on your bladder. Studies show that a loss of less than 10% of total body weight improves bladder control for many women.
Drink sensibly: DO not force fluids in excess. Drink how much is recommended for the day. You also get fluid from the food you eat. If these tips don’t work, speak to your doctor for surgical options.