The Scoop On How To Stop Those Leaks, Drips, and Dribbles
- Posted on: Nov 2 2018
Are you a woman suffering from urinary incontinence? Are you afraid to drink water past a certain time in fear of waking up the next morning and not making it to the restroom?
This topic is typically a bit hush hush, but it is affecting more than 27 million women in the United States alone, so it definitely worth addressing. So, let’s talk real solutions so that you ladies can no longer have to cross your legs when you cough or sneeze, wear pads day in and day out, and refrain from exercise in fear of the embarrassing dribbles.
Help is on the way, ladies!
There are several types of urinary incontinence, stress and urge urinary incontinence are the most common. Some women also have what is called “mixed incontinence,” which is a combination of both.
Let’s look at the difference between the two:
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is when there is leakage caused by pressure or sudden muscle contractions. SUI occurs during times like exercise, coughing, sneezing, laughter, and heavy lifting. Additionally, in younger women, SUI may begin after childbirth and in middle-aged women, SUI may begin to be a problem at menopause.
Urge incontinence (UI) is the leakage of urine that is triggered by a strong, uncontrollable urge to immediately urinate. This is the type of leakage that most commonly occurs on your way to the bathroom when you can’t get there in time. Urge Incontinence is the incontinence that is spoken of in the song “gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now”
Lifestyle factors that increase your risk of urinary incontinence:
- Being overweight
- Having a hysterectomy
- Weakening pelvic floor muscles
Fortunately, for the 27+ million women suffering, there are many lifestyle changes that can work to actually reduce urinary incontinence:
- Perform Kegel exercises. Your kegel muscles are also commonly referred to as your pelvic floor muscles. While beneficial, it can sometimes be very difficult for women to perform Kegel exercises correctly.
- Clean up your diet. Food or drinks containing caffeine, alcohol, or citrus can irritate the bladder even further.
- Avoid rushing to the restroom. When you have the urge to go, it is important that you keep your bladder muscles calm. Take a deep breath, contract your pelvic muscles and slowly proceed to the bathroom.
- Refrain from hovering over the toilet. The sitting or squatting position is the most relaxing position for your pelvic floor, which is important in keeping its strength.
- Maintain a healthy body weight. Excess body weight could put pressure and strain on your pelvic floor muscles.
If the above items just aren’t cutting it, there are some things that Shel Wellness and Aesthetic Center can help with:
- BTL Ultra Femme 360 Treatments. For those women who are post-pregnancy or in menopause, Ultra Femme 360 has helped with urinary stress incontinence by tightening the vaginal walls and encouraging the production of collagen in the vaginal tissues. Learn all about Ultra Femme 360 here.
- Get the cutting edge EMSella treatments. BTL EMSella is the first device of its kind that is FDA-approved for treating urinary incontinence without any surgery or downtime. In fact, this treatment is so non-invasive, you never even have to remove a single article of clothing! By using electromagnetic technology (similar to that of an MRI), EMSella stimulates the tissues of the pelvic floor, exercising the muscles, building up strength and restoring support for the pelvic organs. BTL EMSella is so powerful, just one 28-minute session provokes 11,200 contractions, which is equivalent to performing 11,200 Kegel exercises! In as little 3 weeks (a total of 6 treatments performed twice a week) you can improve your urinary incontinence by nearly 95%. Learn more about BTL EMSella here.
BTL EMSella is so powerful, here’s what some of my patients have to say about their results:
- “Life is just SOOO different when you don’t have to wear pads around the clock. I can actually be free and not be nervous about embarrassing myself any given moment. Thank you!!” — D.L.
- “I can finally run again without leaking! I find myself laughing and jumping around with my kids more like we used to. My anxiety and embarrassment about wearing pads and having a leaking accident is gone. I feel like I have my life back! Thank you Dr. Shel & team!”
- “I’m only halfway through my treatments and have already noticed a huge difference. I no longer have to cross my legs or worry when I sneeze, which hasn’t been a possibility since being pregnant nearly 4 years ago!” –S.H.
Although easier said than done, urinary incontinence is nothing to be embarrassed about or need to suffer in silence about. The good news is, it also something that you don’t have to deal with for the rest of your life! You can live that leak-free life again! Urinary incontinence is all too common in women (and men, too!) and is easily treatable without surgery.
If you or someone you know is silently suffering from UI, I encourage you to try some of these lifestyle changes I have recommended above and come in for our complimentary consultation. As always, if you have any questions or need guidance on starting your journey to freeing yourself from the anxiety and discomfort of urinary incontinence, please call my office today so we can help get you started in the right direction.