Take the fear out of incontinence worries

We all know the dreadful feeling of sneezing or coughing suddenly while having coffee with friends or while out shopping. It can be humiliating and embarrassing it is to be caught short and leak urine.  There may be a fear about an odour or that leaks will be visible on clothing. Many women do not talk about the problem. However, there is so much help available to resolve symptoms.  Incontinence is common in women with Osteoporosis.  Give yourself back your freedom and enjoy life doing fun and favourite activities without the fear of incontinence!

Bladder Issues

The bladder problems that women (as many as 1 in 3) can experience include: Stress Urinary Incontinence (leaks with coughing, sneezing and exercising); Overactive Bladder (Needing to use the bathroom very often); Urge Incontinence (leaking before getting to the bathroom in time).

There are a few reasons why these taboo and embarrassing bladder problems occur.  It can happen when muscles in the base of the pelvis become weakened. This may be due to pregnancy, childbirth or natural aging.  Hormonal changes associated with the Menopause and the reduction in levels of the hormone Oestrogen, can cause further degradation of these pelvic floor muscles. These changes result in loss of muscle bulk or thickness, loss of normal muscle function and fitness.

Stress Urinary Incontinence gives feelings of anxiety and fear.  The practical problem of needing to carry around spare clothes and incontinence pads can be upsetting. Women can be fearful of leaks with long car or bus journeys. It can be off putting to do normal exercise.   It can affect sexual function and intimacy.

Urinary Incontinence can affect even the fittest of women. When imagining a runner or an athlete’s kit bag, incontinence pads are the last things you would expect to find there.  It is very common for runners and athletes to neglect training pelvic floor muscles in their training regimes. This can result in urinary incontinence.

Pelvic Floor Muscles

Pelvic floor muscles that are working perfectly well are essential for normal bladder, bowel and sexual function. They also support the pelvic organs.  Men also need to exercise these muscles.  Normal relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles is key. Sometimes these muscles can be very highly toned.  Like any other muscle, normal length, flexibility and co-ordination is important for optimal function.

Treatments

The good news is that now there are so many clinically proven treatment options available that give fantastic results.  It is now possible to treat causes of incontinence.  Clinical studies have shown that exercising the pelvic floor muscles and getting them working normally again, can alleviate Urinary incontinence.

There are new types of wearable underwear. These are stylish, leak proof, slim fitting washable underwear for women with urinary incontinence.  Men can also use the wearable underwear range.  They are machine washable and are so much nicer to the skin than incontinence pads and are more cost effective, then buying disposable pads and are so much better for the environment.

Vibrance is a training tool to assist women in contracting the pelvic floor muscles correctly and effectively to give optimal training results.  Vibration and auditory feedback allow woman to be certain that the right muscles are being trained effectively.

Uresta is a device that can be used by women while exercising to prevent urinary leakage.

New technology is available in the form of Innovo Cycling Shorts which uses electrical stimulation to train the pelvic floor muscles and treat urinary incontinence.  A 30-minute daily session for 12 weeks can get pelvic floor muscles in normal working order.  Each comfortable impulse delivers a perfect pelvic floor muscle contraction and relaxation.  Innovo treats the root cause of stress urinary Incontinence.  It is clinically proven and uses patented technology.  Innovo can be used to help women and men of any age.  The good news is, it is usually never too late – a 100-year-old pelvic floor muscle can be re-trained.

Talk to your doctor

Talk to your doctor about these treatments to see if they might be suitable for you. Equip yourself for a carefree life without the fear of urinary incontinence.  Exercise to strengthen your bones without having to change your clothes afterwards.  Travel with family and friends, form new relationships and enjoy life without leaks.

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