If you suffer from incontinence, you understand how inconvenient it can be having to quickly dash to the bathroom. It can be embarrassing, but that is not the way it should be. Once you notice issues with your bladder control, it is best to seek help from a medical doctor. After diagnosis, your doctor will likely recommend treatment. We want you to know that you have options. Kegel exercises can help, too.

Possible Treatments

One of the best incontinence solutions is through medical treatment. This can take any of the following:

Drugs

Mainly used to treat urge incontinence by preventing bladder spasms, another set of drugs is recommended for use by women with an overactive bladder (OAB). People suffering from OAB have a bladder that squeezes frequently without warming leading to incontinence.

Botox injections

People with OAM can have their bladder muscles injected with Botox to make them relax. This gives the bladder more storage capacity which reduces the incidence of incontinence.

Surgery

This method of incontinence treatment is preferred when drugs and other methods fail. Surgery can help your bladder regain its normal position. It can also be done to support the urethra. To spur the pelvic floor nerves to perform as expected, implants can also be recommended.

Behavioral treatment

One of the best solutions for incontinence is to make simple but effective lifestyle adjustments. Individuals with stress incontinence are advised to reduce their fluid intake. Urge incontinence, on the other hand, can be treated by avoiding caffeine, carbonated drinks, and spicy foods.

Kegel Exercises

Kegel exercises are one of the most effective incontinence solutions, for both men and women, since they target pelvic floor muscles. The exercises can help treat stress as well as urge incontinence. Kegels can, however, be combined with biofeedback methods so you can know if you are doing the exercises properly. The Kegels used to treat urge incontinence can be combined with bladder training or bladder retraining in which the patient gradually increases the time intervals before going to the bathroom.

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First, you need to identify the muscles to exercise. Try moving your pelvic floor and you will know exactly where the muscles are located.

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Avoid squeezing unrelated muscles together with those of the pelvic floor. In essence, tightening the buttocks, stomach, and legs might interfere with the exercises. When you squeeze the wrong muscles, you will end up applying more pressure on pelvic floor muscles. Squeeze pelvic floor muscles without holding your breath.

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Go through the exercises again, but avoid overdoing it. To ensure you concentrate do the exercises in a quiet place, possibly your bedroom or bathroom. It is best to do these exercises while lying down. As the muscles strengthen, you can start doing the exercises while standing or sitting.

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With only five minutes of exercise a day and a little patience, you will be able to better control your bladder within 3 to 6 weeks.