The treatment of urinary incontinence depends upon the type of incontinence. It also varies with the severity of symptoms in a patient. If it is caused by hypertrophy of the prostate gland in men, treatment for the enlargement of the prostate is also given along with incontinence treatment.
Alternative treatments are recommended, which are safe and do not involve surgery. Such a treatment may include:
- Changes in the lifestyle
- Practicing pelvic floor muscle exercises
- Bladder training
Changes in Lifestyle
People suffering from urinary incontinence can make simple changes in their lifestyle to get relief from their symptoms. These changes can help people of all ages and suffering from any type of incontinence. Some lifestyle changes are:
- Reduce intake of caffeine such as tea, coffee, etc. Excessive intake can enhance the amount of urine.
- Drink a sufficient amount of fluids as too little or too high amount of fluids can make the condition worse
- People who are overweight should try to lose weight to get rid of incontinence.
- Do not drink fluids for about two hours before bedtime.
Pelvic floor muscle exercises
Pelvic floor muscles help to control the urine flow when a person urinates. These muscles are found around the bladder and urethra. Weakness or injury of pelvic floor muscles can be responsible for producing urine incontinence. You may have to contact a specialist to learn about pelvic floor muscles exercises. These exercises help you to squeeze your pelvic floor muscles. It feels as if you are trying to stop the flow of urination. You may do it for 10 seconds and wait for 10 seconds.
Women can also use vaginal cones to enhance the strength of pelvic floor muscles.
People who suffer from urinary incontinence are given bladder training. During bladder training, a person is taught about the techniques to increase the time between a feeling the need and passing urine.
If the above treatments fail to offer any relief to the patient, then surgical intervention may be considered. People who are not fit for surgery are advised oral medications.
Written By: Dr. Harman
Edited By: C. Soni