Four Simple Ways to Regain Bladder Control

Four Simple Ways to Regain Bladder Control

Four Simple Ways to Regain Bladder Control

One may think urinary incontinence and bladder control problem may be less common. Do not get surprised that more than 10% of adults suffer from urinary incontinence or some sort of bladder control problem. In the US alone, more than 25 million people (more than 75% are women) suffer from bladder control problem and incontinence, which indicated how common the problem is. But many people quietly suffer and do not discuss the problem or take medical advice, which is unfortunate. If you are one of the quite sufferer, do not suffer any more and consult your doctor, preferably an urologist or nephrologist.

There are lots of options for management of urinary bladder incontinence, such as medications, surgery, and conservative approach such as lifestyle modification, exercise and supplements.

There are many ways to regain bladder control without medication or surgery. Some of such approaches are discussed here.

Get fit:

If you are obese or overweight, bring down your body weight with diet and increased physical activity. Plan a diet that provide all essential nutrients, except calories, which should be less than required. You should consume 500 to 1000 calories less than required per day along with increased physical activity to lose weight. Make a diet plan with help of dietician. Excess abdominal fat put pressure on bladder muscles and losing a few pounds of abdominal fat can reduce pressure and help regain bladder control.

Kegel exercise:

Here again, Kegel exercise can help you regain bladder control, not only prevent incontinence. Kegel exercise is one of the best way to prevent incontinence as well as to regain bladder control after it is lost or weakened. Hence, Kegel exercise is must for healthy bladder. We all should do it. Even after surgery to treat incontinence, Kegel exercise is recommended to retain muscle tone of pelvic floor muscles. For bladder control problem, it may take six to twelve weeks for the result to be seen and need to be continued after improving bladder control.

Cut caffeine consumption:

Caffeine has diuretic action (increase urine production by kidneys) and caffeine can also irritate bladder muscles and cause it to contract, and all these can lead to urinary incontinence. Hence it is important to cut you caffeine (tea, coffee or any beverages containing caffeine), to help improve bladder control, especially if you have weak bladder control or incontinence problem.

Train your bladder:

It may sound unconvincing. But, training your bladder to put off rushing to nearest bathroom can be done, however it takes patients to do this successfully. Initially start by delaying urination by 10 minutes and eventually increase the delay time to 20 minutes or more. Gradually you can become habituated to delaying long enough to feel like normal and can use washroom every few hours like any individual with normal bladder control. To do this successfully, maintain a diary and consult your doctor.

These methods may help you control bladder well and without medication or need of surgery.

 

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