Fixing Incontince Without Surgery
There is no fix if you don't even bring up your incontinence problems with your gyno.
Dr. Elaine Waetjen of the University of California Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, and colleagues evaluated 9 years of data of yearly check ups from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), a multicenter, multiracial/ethnic, and multidisciplinary longitudinal study of women ages 40 to 55 at baseline. Over 60% of the women with incontinence said that they never brought the topic up and that they just thought it was 'a normal part of aging.' The researchers emphasized that it's important for the gynos to bring it up, as these problems can be disabling and yet curable if a woman works with her health care provider.
These problems are rampant at least 30% of women in reproductive age have urinary incontinence, and by age 72 over 70% of women have this. There are specific types of urinary incontinence, including urge, stress, or mixed incontinence. Very few women will have other conditions such as neurological causes or conditions called overflow incontinence. There are many reversible causes of incontinence that you could evaluate with your gyno that do not mean surgery, although surgery is definitely an option for some cases:
- Healing the vaginal wall and fixing Vaginal Atrophy
- Improving your mobility
- Improving constipation and straining
- Curing low grade bladder infections
- Strengthening pelvic floor muscle training
- Mona Lisa Touch Therapy
- Fluid management
- Medications if training is not successful
- Pessary use
- Physical therapy
- Bulking agents
- Posterior Tibial Nerve Stimulation