Incontinence is a health condition that many who experience it don’t want to talk about, even with their doctors. Here at All About Incontinence we cannot repeat enough that Incontinence is nothing to be ashamed of and it is treatable, be it with drugs, surgery or natural remedies and treatments.
There are many natural ways to treat incontinence. Exercises, lifestyle changes and healthy diets can all help you regain control of your bladder, reducing and sometimes even zeroing incontinence episodes.
Here are our top 5 natural remedies for incontinence
1. Kegel Exercises: Probably one of the most famous incontinence treatments. Ideal for early stages of incontinence, post-surgery and after birth. But Kegels can also be performed by women who don’t have incontinence to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles and increase their changes of not experiencing bladder weaknesses later in life.
2. Stay or Ger Fit: There are many studies that relate incontinence with excessive weight. Excess belly fat puts pressure on the bladder and the pelvic muscles. Shedding a few pounds if you are overweight can help restore your bladder control.
3. Bladder Training: A bit different from Kegel exercises. To train your bladder is rather simple but it requires patience. The secret is to learn how to control the urge to rush to the nearest toilet. In the beginning, try to delay urinating by 10 minutes and build up from there. Ideally you should increase the time till you can comfortably use the toilet every 4 hours. Keeping a bladder diary of your trips to the bathroom also helps keep track of your improvements.
4. Magnesium: Recent studies showed that the mineral reduced incontinence episodes in patients who took magnesium hydroxide pills twice a day. Some doctors believe that magnesium could relieve incontinence because it reduces bladder muscle spasms and allows the bladder to empty completely. These pills are not available on the market yet so you should include magnesium rich foods such as corn, potatoes and bananas in your diet.
5. Stay Hydrated: As controversial as it might sound, drinking enough water is vital to manage and avoid incontinence. If you don’t stay hydrated, you may end up constipated, which can irritate the bladder and cause incontinence.
Bonus tip: Avoid drinks that contain caffeine as it is a diuretic substance that can contribute to bladder irritation and stimulate muscle contractions, which can both cause incontinence.
Only a professional trained in these symptoms can truly diagnose and treat your condition. A GP will often refer you to a specialized Continence Advisor for assessment to ensure you receive the right help and treatment to improve your symptoms.
Incontinence and pelvic floor disorders are health issues that affect millions of people worldwide. Each country has their national associations to aid incontinent patients in various ways. With so many associations worldwide it was time a global federation was created to unify all these associations in the best interest of incontinent patients.
That is why the WFIP was founded. WFIP stands for World Federation of Incontinent Patients and it was created with the intention of promoting worldwide the interests of patients suffering from incontinence and related pelvic floor disorders and patient associations.
The WFIP provides its individual member associations with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information, guidelines, and educational resources. It seeks global cooperation via lobbying and contact with official bodies and patient advocacy groups.
The World Federation for Incontinent Patients main calls to action are:
* Freedom of choice for all patients in access to treatment and rehabilitation
* Harmonisation of healthcare standards
* Improved social awareness and public health education
* Enhanced quality of life for people of all nations
Back in December during the WFIP annual meeting, new strategic priorities were discussed as well as new tactics to reach operational objectives, strengthen fund development and expand leadership and growth of the organisation.
Through publicity of its Patient Bill of Rights, WFIP hopes to improve access to safe, proven and advancing means of treating and managing bladder and bowel control problems. Also among its priorities are the establishment of global consumer guidelines for preventative and lifestyle measures and when to seek help for symptoms.
If you have symptoms of stress incontinence or an overactive bladder, you may assume that so many visits to the bathroom are just another sign of aging, and one that you have to accept. Studies have shown that eight out of ten women believe that stress incontinence is a normal part of aging. They are wrong.
Even though urinary incontinence is common it occurs in at least one out of every three women over 50, it is not something you have to accept. If you have symptoms of stress incontinence or urge incontinence (leakage when coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising, or the inability to make it to the toilet before letting go of your urine), there are several behavioural techniques you can try before visiting your doctor.
One very simple behavioural technique to consider is bladder training or retraining. Bladder training or retraining is teaching your bladder to resist the urge and delaying the time between trips to the bathroom. The underlying rationale here is that your bladder can become so used to going to the bathroom often that it can’t do anything else. Your bladder is sending a “full” message, giving you the urge to pee, even when it is not full.
Want to know how to train your bladder and regain control of it? Don’t miss our next article where we will show three simple steps to train your bladder.
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in men here in the UK. A procedure called radical prostatectomy can remove the cancerous gland; but the procedure often carries an unwelcome and hard-to-treat side effect: Bladder Weakness or if you prefer urinary incontinence.
As many as 65% of men who went through surgery experience some type of incontinence for years afterward, whether it is urge incontinence, stress incontinence or a combination of both.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a simple and well known incontinence treatment can help reduce daily incontinence episodes considerably.
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In total 208 men were assigned for the study, all of them had radical prostatectomy and were experience some form of urinary incontinence.
The men were then divided into three groups. One group was taught how to perform Kegel exercises, plus some basic bladder-control strategies. The second group got the same kind of info the first group got plus biofeedback and electrostimulation therapy. The third group was used as a control group, which had their treatments delayed.
After eight weeks, results were very promising. In group one the average number of weekly incontinence episodes fell from 28 to 13. In group episodes fell to 12 from 26, while the average number of incontinence episodes in the control dropped from 25 to 21.
The treatment was far from a cure, however. But the effects of the therapy seemed to be lasting; after one year, the incontinence among the men had not measurably worsened.
Behavioural therapy, such as Kegel exercises are commonly recommended to women, but men are also offered behavioural training after they undergo prostatectomy. This is the first study to show it can help men many years after surgery.
There are many ways to prevent and treat urinary incontinence. But sometimes doing Kegel exercises, maintain a healthy diet and keeping a bladder diary might not be enough. That is when incontinence products come into play.
Incontinence products have evolved over the years and are now designed specifically for different types of incontinence. They range from panty liners to protective underwear.
Light bladder leakage or temporary incontinence (stress incontinence and urge incontinence) can be protected with an incontinence pad or a panty liner while more severe types of incontinence require stronger measures like the use of adult diapers.
Adult diapers are not what they used to be and can be worn discreetly. They are available in different levels of absorption and thickness. Adult diapers now come in a full range from night time to swim products; now they even offer styles that look and feel more like underwear.
There are unisex incontinence products but for a more specific type of protection and for discretion we recommend you purchase products designed specifically for your gender.
Incontinence products can be found at any high street pharmacy or grocery store. But if you feel a little embarrassed to buy incontinence products at your local shops, there is no need to worry. You can purchase your incontinence products online with discretion from the comfort of your own home.
As you can see there are many ways to protect yourself from unexpected leakages and above all Incontinence is nothing to be ashamed. If you are experiencing leakage episodes during your daily activities, you should never keep it to your self. Go and consult your doctor about it.
Stress and urge incontinence can be caused by a variety of factors such as childbirth, loss of estrogen in menopause, physical changes due to aging and hysterectomy*. But did you know that what you eat and your weight could make you incontinent?
There are many studies that have related incontinence to obesity. Others have studied the influence of certain foods and drinks in bladder control. If you are experiencing leakages try evaluating your diet to see if it could be the underlying cause.
The first step to manage stress or urge incontinence is to eat healthy food and manage your weight. In this article you will find a list of foods and drinks that could make you urinate more often.
Certain foods and drinks can irritate your bladder, causing you to urinate more often, or feel a greater urgency to urinate. Each person is affected by foods differently, so you will have to spend some time observing how your own body reacts to what you eat and drink.
The most common products that affect urination are diuretics or foods and drinks with diuretic properties, such as:
Caffeine (from coffee, sodas, tea, even chocolate) is the most common diuretic in the diets of women over 50.
Alcohol also acts as a diuretic, by stimulating your bladder and by causing dehydration in your body.
Spicy foods can irritate your bladder much like caffeine. You will have to spend some time observing the effect of different spicy ingredients and foods on your bladder before you can determine which of them, if any, to consider eliminating from your diet.
Acidic foods can also irritate the bladder. You should carefully monitor the effect of citrus products (including orange juice and cranberry juice, which can be recommended for healthy bladders) and tomatoes on your overactive or leaking bladder.
Food and drinks that contain carbonation (whether caffeinated or decaf), high levels of artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, or sugar can also irritate your bladder and cause you to urnitate more often.
As afore mentioned obesity has its influence in incontinence episodes. So we recommend you start doing some light exercises to help you loose weight and ease off the pressure in your bladder. Start with short walks around your block to build up confidence.
Once you feel confident enough start jogging and increase time and intensity gradually. Speaking of exercises it is important not to forget about Kegel Exercises, the most effective way to restore bladder control.
It is important to highlight the fact that with incontinence there isn’t a set treatment for all patients, each case should be accessed individually. Because what works for one patient might not work for others. So our last piece of advice is, if you are experiencing some sort incontinence episodes talk to your GP and let him suggest what is the best treatment for your type of incontinence.
The biggest problem with carers today is that many don’t even realise they are one. Many think of themselves as simply mums, dads, brothers, daughters, wife, partners and friends. In other words, close related people that are caring for their loved ones.
Did you know that one in every eight adults in the UK is a carer? Or that every year, over 2 million people become carers for the first time without even realising they’ve become a carer?
With that in mind, every year Carers UK launches a guide to inform these people that they are entitled to financial and practical help. The guide is an overview of carer’s entitlements with all the basics new carers need to get started. But mainly the guide wants to pass the message to carers that they are not alone.
“I hope this guide will reassure you that you are not alone and help you prepare for what might lie ahead.” Don Brereton, Chair of Carers UK
The guide is more like a booklet and highlights 7 key steps every carer should take in order to get all the support they are entitled to. Whether they are new to caring or been looking after someone for a long time.
You can download the guide here or ask for free copies by calling this number 0808 808 7777.
Despite what many people think incontinence and bladder weakness is not a women’s only problem. According to the World Health Organization there are roughly forty million men worldwide who are incontinent.
Male incontinence is just as common as any other disease – even though I don’t like to call it a disease. For me incontinence and bladder weakness are a condition that if diagnosed and treated properly it can be cured.
Just like women, men are also ashamed to talk about their condition and end up living with it for the rest of their lives.
“I’d rather admit I can’t get it up than say I suffer from bladder weakness”
I was shocked with such comment but glad because that inspired me to write this article. Bladder weakness is nothing to be ashamed of and in most cases it is treatable.
Types of Male Urinary Incontinence
Like in women, there are different types of male urinary incontinence and they are:
Causes and Treatment
The causes of male urinary incontinence are many and varied. The same can be said about the treatments available to help men improve and in most cases cure their conditions. Finding out the cause is the first step towards the cure, hence the importance to seek help.
Causes of male incontinence
Head injury and spinal cord injury
Degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease
Treatment of male incontinence depends on the underlying cause of it. It is important that your family doctor is consulted. The doctor should give you a complete physical and from the information that you give him/her and the tests that can be carried out (often very simple) a diagnosis and treatment can often cure or minimize signs and symptoms of male urinary incontinence.
With forty million incontinent men around the globe this is a market that can not be ignored and it hasn’t. Proof to that is the evolution of male incontinence products, before they were designed mainly for women and men had to adapt them to use it. Even though they were labelled “Unisex”.
It doesn’t matter what type of incontinence you have; bladder problems that have caused incontinence; urinary tract infection or some other reason, one thing is for sure there are so many new and well designed male incontinence products that will allow you to live a normal life.
You wouldn’t believe, products like incontinence underwear, incontinence plastic pants, incontinence briefs, bladder control products, incontinence diapers, incontinence pads, incontinence bed pads, disposable incontinence diapers, portable urinals, Cunningham clamps, internal and external catheters, and this is just a short, short list of what is available for you guys.