In the UK alone there are around 3 to 6 million sufferers of incontinence; however a large percentage of those are suffering in silence with the condition as they are embarrassed to speak out about it. Recently there has been coverage of the condition in the news due to celebrities sharing their very personal stories about it. There are many conspiracies about the issue, meaning people are unaware of the real truths of incontinence.
A thorough check up by your GP can help determine why incontinence is effecting you, which can be both short and long term causes.
Dietary changes can help alleviate incontinence as certain foods and drinks can stimulate your bladder and increase your need to urine. Cutting down on alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee and foods that are high in spice, sugar or acid can help ease the need and volume of urine.
Temporary medical conditions can be the cause of incontinence such as urinary tract infections and constipation which can be quickly resolved.
More persistent causes of urinary incontinence can be caused by underlying physical problems or changes including:
- An enlarged prostate.
- Multiple sclerosis.
- Parkinsons disease.
- Spinal injury.
Throughout the UK, incontinence affects around half of women who have been through natural childbirth; however most of them have not sought medical advice. The pelvic floor muscles stretch during pregnancy which in some cases can’t retract after giving birth. New mothers can find it difficult to squeeze the pelvic floor muscles meaning they can find it hard to control their bladder.
The main treatments available are to strengthen women’s pelvic floor muscles. There are external devices which can be worn to contract the muscles and help regain the feeling.
There are many bladder training exercises which medical professionals would advise you on to suit the severity of your condition.
Electrical stimulation can be carried out to try and strengthen your pelvic muscles.
If you are currently experiencing persistent incontinence issues and have not been diagnosed with any of the above medical conditions, it is necessary to seek medical attention to get a diagnosis and start receiving treatment.
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