Ever laugh, sneeze or cough, and pee your pants a little? You are not alone!
This type of incontinence affects 15-60% of women, and even as many as 25% of young college female athletes. Even celebs such as Kris Jenner and Whoopi Goldberg have dished about incontinence issues. Stress and urge incontinence affects millions of Americans, but is twice as common in women as in men. Many women find this problem socially paralyzing and embarrassing. A nurse from Australia claims incontinence was crippling to her daily life, that she would have to leave a full grocery cart for bathroom runs; it prevented her from playing sports, and the condition really put a damper on her travel plans. She was always concerned about being able to find a toilet pretty much ALL the time! More on her story HERE.
Treatment Options for Stress and Urge Incontinence
The treatment options for incontinence include multiple lifestyle modifications, which may be helpful before turning to prescription medications. If you notice you have a leaky bladder, you can try Kegel exercise to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, as well as cutting back on super spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine (which are diuretics), as well as avoiding foods with lots of citric acid (which is known to increase urgency), such as lemons, oranges, grapefruits and even cranberries. There are also many medications that can worsen urine incontinence, such as blood pressure medications and antidepressants. A more complete list can be found HERE.
For those who have failed to find relief from bladder training and first line prescription medications, Botox injections provide an excellent treatment option. Botox can give relief for those affected by strong frequent urges to urinate with leaking urine, termed urge incontinence, as well as frequent urinary episodes and spasms of the bladder. Botox works to calm down the muscle spasms of the bladder, therefore decreasing the urge to urinate as well as the leakage of urine. The treatment has been life changing for those who have chosen this treatment option. The nurse from Australia, mentioned above, has a new lease on life after she received a Botox treatment. She is able to work for longer periods as a nurse uninterrupted and has vacationed to Italy after treatment. Botox can truly be life changing for those affected with urinary incontinence, and especially those who have been resistant to traditional treatment methods.