Menopause is an inevitable part of life for women's health as they get older. We hear about a lot of the typical symptoms of menopause - mood changes, hot flashes, menstrual changes. However, one side effect that isn’t often addressed is urinary incontinence.
Back pain is already frustrating enough, and when you add incontinence on top of that, your quality of life can be interrupted. See exactly what contributes to lower back pain and incontinence and how to make managing these symptoms easy.
People often think incontinence symptoms are caused by loose pelvic floor muscles. However, this isn’t always the case. In the "Hollywood" media, we often hear that we want tight pelvic floor muscles to prevent things like pelvic organ prolapse and leakage, but "tight" isn’t really the right word.
The pelvic floor muscles hold all of the pelvic organs safely in place, like a hammock supports the person laying on it. Although most people can agree that the pelvic floor is an important component of women's health, something that is often ignored is how important pelvic floor muscle training can be in men's health.
Did you know that you can blend pelvic floor exercises, or kegels, into other exercises that you may already have in your exercise routine? It’s true! There are many exercises that can incorporate the pelvic floor. Because the pelvic floor muscles are similar to your abdominal muscles, you can even exercise them every day.
There are many cliches that women are told when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Exercise regularly, eat healthy, get plenty of sleep. These are common types of phrases that people use to remember to keep their health in check. However, as women, there is often one important piece that is overlooked – the health of our bladder. Bladder problems are very common in women, and it isn't due to the estrogen.
An overwhelming 72% of the women polled have experienced incontinence, which includes bladder leakage as well as a total loss of bladder control. The results also indicated a clear lack of education and available resources to women as they navigate these changes to their body without help or direction from their healthcare provider.
When your doctor first prescribes an intermittent catheter, they will match you with the best type of catheter to suit your personal needs. There are many different types of catheters, and it may take trying a few different types before finding the one that is most comfortable and effective for your specific needs.
A crucial aspect of incontinence care for you, or your loved ones, involves keeping the skin clean and comfortable to prevent common infections, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs). While UTIs are fairly common for most people, those with incontinence have a higher susceptibility to infections, which can lead to further complications if left untreated.