November is Bladder Health Month
Light bladder leakage is Incontinence. The technical term is stress urinary incontinence or SUI. Some may call it peezing, sneeze pee, tinkle or leaks.
Light bladder leakage is characterized by tiny amounts of urine leaking out during times of exertion such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, running etc.
Urge Incontinence (UI) is characterized by strong and sudden urges to urinate that can sometimes not be overcome. It can result in a complete release of the bladder.
Whatever you call it or hear it called, know that it is Incontinence and IT IS TREATABLE!!!
Pads, drugs, and surgery seem to be the most known options but they are not solutions; they simply address the symptoms and don’t address the cause.
Both these types of incontinence respond well to Kegel Exercises. In order for Kegels to work, they need to be done correctly, they must be done consistently and they need to be coordinated with movement.
So many women accept leaking urine as a normal part of aging...or menopause...or of being a woman...or a normal part of having had babies. Nope... it's not. Many women suffer with it for years and when they finally decide to seek help, they go to their family doc and often end up down the surgical path.
Evidence suggests that about 30 per cent of women suffer from incontinence and approximately 50 per cent have some degree of organ prolapse.
Organ prolapse occurs when the bladder, uterus, or rectum move out of their optimal position and bulge or descend into the vagina. This can create discomfort, painful sex, difficulty voiding and is a huge blow to a woman’s confidence. It affects so many aspects of a woman’s life yet most have never heard of the condition until they find out they have it.
I recommend that the first person to see be a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist. Learning what the root cause of the issue is, is essential to determine the best treatment. Then you can work (yes work) to overcome the problem.
It will take some time and effort and perhaps some lifestyle modifications but it will be worth it!
If you are not interested in work and feel surgery is easier, please know that surgery can help but does not address the root cause and as a result, your chance of having the same problem again is high.
Do the work and if surgery is still needed or chosen, at least you have put yourself in the best position for a positive outcome and have reduced the likelihood of recurrence.
My Buff Muff Challenge is the perfect place to start to learn how to do Kegels correctly...get you doing them consistently AND help you coordinate them into key exercises that will help you eliminate your incontinence! The next challenge begins on November 9. A new challenge begins the first Tuesday of every month.
If surgery is your option, then let’s set you up for success. Pelvic Surgery Success is a one-of-a-kind program that will take you from feeling depressed, anxious, and consumed by fear of surgery to informed, confident and calm so you can put your nagging symptoms behind you and get back to living life with spontaneity and joy!
As I mentioned above, a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist can help to work on resolving bladder concerns and determine what the root cause of the issue is and determine the best treatment. Fill out the attached form to speak to one of our professionals.