Bladder Treatment

Treating Bladder Loss

Find The Right Treatment For Your Bladder Problem

Being a woman does not mean you have to put up with bladder problems. Nor should a weak bladder be the price you pay for giving birth. Many women regain control of their bladder muscles through simple bladder treatments. In some cases, they’re 100% improved. Without surgery!

Talking about bladder treatment can be hard for most women. This is why so many live with problems for years without seeking a solution. Yet around half of all women experience incontinence at some stage in their lives, often after childbirth or menopause.

If you do have bladder control problems, tell your doctor and ask about treatment options available. You may be very pleasantly surprised to find that bladder treatments:

  • are often very effective
  • can be pretty straightforward
  • often result in regaining complete bladder control

So, what are your options for treating bladder weakness? And how do you deal with incontinence while you’re getting it treated? After all, you don’t want to miss out on social occasions, sports activities, shopping trips and other fun events just because your bladder control isn’t the best at the moment. Poise has a full range of products that will help you out while you undergo bladder treatment. Poise Products are similar to period only panty liners but are much more absorbent. They are very discreet and don’t show through even the tightest jeans. You can use them with confidence while you are going through bladder treatments. There are many bladder treatments available, and the right one for you will depend on a number of different factors such as the severity and cause of the condition.

Pelvic Floor Exercises

Your bladder treatment might be as simple as pelvic floor exercises. Your pelvic floor muscles support your bladder and urethra so if they have become weakened or slack due to childbirth or other reasons, then this may be the cause of your bladder control problems. Pelvic floor exercises are easy to do and can make a really big difference to your bladder control. What’s more, getting your pelvic floor strong and fit not only helps with bladder control but also has other great health benefits for women, including enhanced sexual responsiveness and a reduced risk of prolapse of your uterus and vagina. In fact, all women should do pelvic floor exercises every day, forever!

Biofeedback

Your doctor might suggest biofeedback to help you identify and control the muscles around your bladder opening. Biofeedback doesn’t hurt at all and it’s a great way to learn how to strengthen and tone your pelvic floor muscles, which will help you regain bladder control.

In a clinic or similar setting, you’ll be asked to undress from the waist down, put on a gown and lie on the examination table. A small probe is placed in the vagina or rectum and several electrodes are placed on the abdomen to pick up abdominal muscle activity. As you practice contracting your pelvic floor muscles, the sensors give signals, usually a tone or movement on a visual display or graph, indicating when you’ve done it right. The therapist will explain what’s going on and develop an exercise program for you to do in between your biofeedback sessions. Depending on the condition of your pelvic floor and how well you do your homework, you might have up to 8 one-hour biofeedback sessions over several months to regain your bladder control.

 


Bladder training

Bladder training is another non-surgical way to regain bladder control. It’s designed to help you increase the amount of urine you can hold in your bladder in between trips to the bathroom, without urgency or leakage of urine.

Bladder diary

Yes, strange as it may seem, keeping a bladder diary can help with bladder weakness. A bladder diary will help you pinpoint the times of the day and month when your bladder control is particularly bad. Using the information in your diary, your doctor will develop a training program for you.

Medication

In some cases, the best bladder treatment is medicine prescribed by a doctor, either alone or in combination with behavioural treatments. Some medications actually contribute to bladder control problems so make sure you tell your doctor about anything you’re taking in the way of prescription and over the counter medicines. All medicines should be taken under the supervision of your doctor.

Surgery

Even though surgery is usually a last resort after other treatments have failed, it’s not generally considered a major operation. In fact, some women’s incontinence surgeries can even be done under a local anaesthetic. If your doctor thinks surgery is the best way to go, you’ll be referred to a surgeon who specialises in this type of procedure. He or she will tell you the about the advantages and risks. Surgery usually involves the surgeon fashioning a ligament or tendon into a sling within the urethra to lift and support it. Surgery is not always 100% successful; however, some studies have shown that even women with imperfect results are still pleased with the surgery.

Frequently asked questions

Unfortunately, many people are embarrassed about their loss of bladder control and this can stop them from seeking bladder treatment. If you have questions, check out this special bladder health page prepared by Poise to give you the answers you need.

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