Cutting down on caffeine (coffee, tea, soda), embracing a high-fiber diet, and eating a well-balanced meal can help with bladder and bowel control.
Special medicines in the form of pills exist to control urination. These drugs can suppress bladder contractions while other drugs will help prevent leakage by increasing the pressure inside the urethra. In most cases, medication can be combined with exercises and physical therapy. Sometimes medication might not be recommended for treatment based on your age, medical background, and current health condition.
Pelvic Physiotherapy is one of the least invasive procedures in treating incontinence. At our Urogynecology Center, your physician uses a machine with electrical stimulation and biofeedback to help patients increase their pelvic floor strength by isolating and exercising their pelvic floor muscles. These rehabilitating exercises are also known as Kegel Exercises. They are used to strengthen the muscles around the urethra, vagina, and rectum. With the help of the physiotherapy machine, your physician or nurse can help you learn to perform these exercises properly and effectively. You may be told to contract these muscles several times a day on your own. Improvements in holding urine can be seen within weeks.
Special diets help improve one’s pelvic support problems as well. Your doctor may request that you drink plenty of fruit juices to help reduce the risk of bladder infections. You may also need to cut down on caffeine found in coffee, soda, and tea, which act as a diuretic.
In those cases where surgery is recommended and chosen to cure pelvic support problems, the use of innovative techniques has reduced the operating and recovery time considerably. Surgery may be done through the abdomen or vagina depending on the type of problem you have. Through an incision of one centimeter in length or less, an operating telescope can be applied to restore the support of the anterior wall of the vagina that holds the bladder in place.
It is important to discuss these surgery options with your physician if you are still considering childbirth.
Symptoms may relieve some, but not all, of the symptoms associated with pelvic support problems. It is important to control your weight, avoid constipation, and ward off activities that put pressure on these muscles.