We’re back with one of our favorite topic of urinary incontinence. But this time is different. Urinary incontinence is going to be one of your favorite topics after this blog because we’re going to discuss the newest treatment for urinary incontinence!
*Crowd goes wild*
What does urinary incontinence even really mean? It is just when a little pee comes out every once in awhile unwillingly, right? Well, you’re not totally wrong, but urinary incontinence is much more than that.
Female urinary incontinence is a symptom of an underlying problem. To break it down for you, our organs are held perfectly in place by the muscles in our pelvic floor (thank you muscles). But what happens over time is the weakening of those muscles from birthing, non-use of those muscles, and playing sports which cause uncontrollable bladder leakage.
Fun fact: There are high incidents of urinary incontinence in female collegiate athletes due to muscle over-tension or repetitive impact which puts a significant strain on a young woman’s pelvic floor.
Picture laying in a loose hammock for example. Anytime you move on the hammock, it loses shape and is hard for you to control your balance which ultimately causes you to move positions. Those things are so tricky it takes more work than it’s worth to even try to lay on it.
Anyways, back to what I was saying. When our organs shift due to our weakened pelvic floor, those organs descend their weight which places pressure onto our bladder. That pressure results in what is commonly known as stress urinary incontinence; leaks from movement like a cough, laugh or sneeze.
When those muscles contract occasionally, often due to muscle inactivity, the contraction produces an urgent need to empty the bladder. That urgency results in involuntary leaks which cause “Over-Active-Bladder” (OAB) or “urge” urinary incontinence. You may be experiencing either stress or urge urinary incontinence, or a person may experience both which is known as mixed urinary incontinence.
Now that our quick vocabulary lesson is over with (which hopefully helped), let’s find out what is going to help urinary incontinence. Data suggests pelvic floor muscle tone can be regained for women of virtually any age or size.
While there are many women incontinence treatment options out there to regain muscle in your pelvic floor, it can be difficult to choose which option is going to work best for you. Some of the treatments I am going to discuss aren’t necessarily treatments, but rather a quick fix that does not benefit you in the long run. But in the end, I am going to discuss the newest treatment for urinary incontinence that is going to give you a long time fix.