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Are suffering from urinary incontinence, kidney stones, overactive bladder or a urinary tract infection


high-quality treatment can be found at Urology Centers of Alabama.


VERY COMMON CONDITION

Millions of women deal with Urinary Incontinence, or the involuntary voiding of urine. Incontinence can be an embarrassing thing, which causes women to stop enjoying things they enjoy in their everyday lives.


At Urology Centers of Alabama, our doctors know the strain incontinence can put on your quality of life, and they pride themselves on finding the best available treatment options for you.

Managing Mild Incontinence

Behavioral Techniques
• Bladder Training
This is the process of delaying urination, after you have the urge to go. This can be accomplished by trying to hold off for 10 minutes each time you feel the urge to urinate. This exercise can be used to lengthen the time between trips to the restroom.

• Double Voiding
Double voiding is the act of urinating, then waiting a few minutes and trying again. Exercising this will help you to learn to completely void your bladder.

• Scheduled Restroom Visits
Urinate every two to four hours, instead of waiting until you have to.

• Liquid & Diet Management
Certain food and drinks should be avoided or moderated, to help regain control of your bladder. These include: alcohol, caffeine, and acidic foods or drinks.

• Kegel Exercises
These are exercises created to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Kegel exercises are very effective in regards to stress incontinence, but may also be helpful when dealing with urge incontinence.

Tips:

Here are useful tips to get the best results from your Kegel exercises:

Recommended schedule:
• 10 sets 3-4 times a day
• 10 second hold
• 10 second release = 1 set
• This will take approximately 10 minutes a day.

Pick an activity you do often as a reminder. For instance, do your Kegels every time you sit down. Or, do them every time the phone rings, at every stop light, or during every commercial break while watching television.

Tighten your pelvic floor before you sneeze, get up from a chair, cough, laugh, or lift. This can help prevent urine leakage.

To identify your pelvic floor muscles, practice in the bathroom first. Urinate normally and then try to stop or slow your urine stream. Hold for a few seconds and then urinate normally. Repeat this maneuver. When you are aware of how to stop and start your urination, you have located your pelvic floor muscles.

Try and hold each Kegel for a slow count of 10 seconds. You probably won’t be able to hold them for that long at first, but keep practicing. It will get easier as your pelvic floor gets stronger.

Need More Information?.

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence involves the involuntary loss of urine, usually associated with a sudden urge that cannot be suppressed. Urinary incontinence in women can be troublesome and embarrassing, but it is treatable. There are several types of incontinence. It is a very common condition and risk increases with age. Some of the causes of incontinence are urinary tract infections, hormones, childbirth, or previous pelvic surgeries. A thorough history and comprehensive pelvic floor exam are vital. Female incontinence or overactive bladder is a very common problem, but it is also very treatable.

Incontinence Treatment

Treatment involves both behavioral and pharmacological changes. Behavioral changes may include weight loss, smoking cessation, dietary changes, and pelvic floor muscle therapy. Pharmacological therapy involves a trial of medications that are known as anticholinergics. It is important that the patient is aware of the side effects of medications. If the medications are not helpful or cannot be taken, then other surgical modalities are investigated. These may include sacral nerve stimulation, posterior tibial nerve stimulation or botulinum toxin injections. These treatment options are minimally invasive and patient friendly. Although incontinence might feel embarrassing, it can be treated and therefore should be brought to your physician’s attention.

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