Are Kegels the Answer to Stress Urinary Incontinence?

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Bladder Control Treatments Plano Urinary leakage can occur for some reasons. The thing is, it shouldn’t. If you sneeze, laugh, cough, or jump rope, you should be able to do so without concern or consequence like unwelcomed wetness. Stress urinary incontinence is characterized by small – or moderate – accidents such as these. Women all around the world live with this struggle and, though treatment options have been developed, many of the women who are suffering do not get the help they need. Why? Because they aren’t talking about the issue.

We think that any incontinence warrants discussion. Stress urinary incontinence, in particular, may be easier to remedy than you think. The source of leakage from the bladder, with this type of incontinence, is usually weakness in the muscles that close off the opening of the bladder. Muscle weakness can develop from childbirth, or even from the pressure placed on the pelvic region during pregnancy. Age is also a pivotal factor in the onset of stress urinary incontinence, as are hormonal changes.

Because stress urinary incontinence originates in the muscle tissue around the bladder, it would make sense that Kegel exercises would be a suitable method of reducing accidents. Kegel exercises have been around for decades; long forgotten through the passage of time. We don’t often hear about Kegels these days. Should the woman with stress urinary incontinence discover that this type of pelvic exercise could improve her life, she may wander down a path that leads to frustration.

It isn’t that Kegels don’t work. The matter of importance is the manner in which exercise is performed. We’ll explain it like this: if, when you perform sit-ups, you push your belly button out, you will get an entirely different result than if you pull the belly button in toward the spine. One result is advantageous; one is that the stomach will look more prominent. In the same way, the inaccurate performance of Kegels may impede the desired outcome.

The proper performance of Kegels means that the muscles that control urine flow, and only those muscles, are contracted. According to research, half of all women who try Kegels do it wrong. Biofeedback can maximize the performance of pelvic floor exercise by confirming proper mechanics. A small device is all that is necessary to make the most of your Kegel exercise.

It is important to talk about incontinence. To learn more about your condition and available treatments, call Collin County Urology at (972) 403-5425.

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