Have you ever wished you were wearing Depends ® after a hearty laugh, an unexpected sneeze or chronic cough? Given that 1 in 3 middle aged women experience urinary incontinence, chances are you or someone you know has trouble controlling their flow of urine. Unfortunately most people suffer in silence – they may be embarrassed, or they may believe this is an unavoidable part of aging.
Urinary incontinence is not just a medical problem. It can have emotional, psychological and social impacts. Many people who have urinary incontinence are afraid to do normal daily activities and don't want to be too far from a toilet. Urinary incontinence can keep people from enjoying life. If this sounds familiar, I invite you to continue reading...
Urinary incontinence is part of a larger group of disorders under the banner of pelvic floor dysfunction. The pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscles that stretch from your pubic bone in the front to your tail bone in the back and from one sit bone to the other (the two bones you feel when you sit on a hard surface).
Symptoms of various pelvic floor conditions include:
accidentally leaking urine when you exercise, laugh, cough or sneeze
needing to get to the toilet in a hurry or not making it there in time
constantly needing to go to the toilet
finding it difficult to empty your bladder or bowels
accidentally losing control of your bladder or bowels
accidentally passing wind
painful intercourse, and
a prolapse or pain in your pelvic area
in women, this may be felt as a bulge in the vagina or a feeling of heaviness, discomfort, pulling, dragging or dropping
in men, this may be felt as a bulge in the rectum or a feeling of needing to use your bowels but not actually having to go
The main causes of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction are:
not keeping the muscles active enough or over-working them
being pregnant and giving birth
a history of back pain
ongoing constipation and straining to empty the bowels
heavy lifting (e.g. at work or the gym)
a chronic cough or sneeze, including those linked to asthma, smoking or hayfever
previous injury to the pelvic region (e.g. a fall, surgery or pelvic radiotherapy), and
The good news is you don't have to suffer in silence any longer. As a naturopathic doctor with a special focus on women's health, I create a safe and supportive environment so you feel comfortable discussing anything and everything about your health. I choose from a variety of non-invasive therapies to treat the underlying cause of your pelvic floor dysfunction and work with you to achieve your goals. If you're tired of having to depend on your Depends and curious about your other options, then I encourage you to book an appointment with me today.