There are many people around who may be suffering from urinary incontinence. Whether while laughing or sneezing, they may not be able to control the flow of urine from their bodies. This generally occurs most often in women, particularly among middleaged women who have gone through childbirth. This causes them to have involuntary urine flow when they are laugh or cry or cough, of if they are running or jumping. It also often keeps them from being able to reach sexual orgasm.Most women appear to have issues with incontinence
While the exact numbers are debated by varying reports within the medical community, incontinence is estimated to be an issue for 30-80% of all women. The reason for the wide range in these estimates is because it is often not reported. Patients will feel that their incontinence was due to a certain problem, such as fatigue or stress, mental anxiety, unusual life circumstances, marital conflict, etc. and that their symptoms are temporary.
Patients with these symptoms appear more often in women, particularly women in the early stages menopause, and is often referred to as stress urinary incontinence. Many of these women are anatomially prone to incontinence because the muscle around bladder and urethra loses tension as time goes on.
Inontinence can also occur due to a traffic accident or the aftermath of trauma to the central nervous system. In general, however, a normal person’s goal is to tighten the muscles around the bladder which have begun to lose tension or voluntary control.
In particular, childbirth or dystocia, is a main cause of urinary incontinence in women, as the increase in bone muscle and estrogen, plus the physical force of childbirth makes the muscles around bladder, vagina, and anal sphincter weak and loose. This also decreases the pleasure of sexual intercourse for women.
Oriental medicine can reduce the causes of damage to the bladder muscles via the main etiology Heonaeng (虛冷).
Treatment methods have been applied mainly to reduce the negative effects of some of the causes of urinary incontinence. Below is a type of prescription of an Oriental medicine, Tang(蔘湯) with the formulas below:
Physical therapy is another method strengthening the sphincter and bladder muscles to alleviate urinary incontinence.
The effects of regular exercises - repeated contraction and relaxation of the sphincter twice a day – can be seen in the long-term. The exercise is simply repeated contraction and relaxation for more than 10 seconds at a time, and repeating several times for about 10 minutes.
K gymnastics may also be an effective treatment for urinary incontinence.
Kigel gymnastics is when you lie down and move left and right and contract the pelvic muscles while holding both legs at certain angles. When continued for about 3-6 months it has been effective in reducing the number of cases of urinary incontinence or leaking.A profound effect on your sex life
For patients with incontinence that are suffering from obesity or chronic bronchial asthma from smoking, losing weight or quitting smoking can have immediate effects on resolving their issues with urinary incontinence.
In addition, people who use certain drugs such as diuretics, antihistamines, or sedatives may be able to resolve their urinary incontinence by cutting off usage of the drug.
If you experience occasional incontinence and urination, then it will be important to urinate often and regularly. For example, it might be good to make it a habit of urinating every hour of the day, or even twice per hour, to avoid incontinence.
Consuming a nutrient-rich diet and getting enough rest is also a very effective way to decrease likelihood of involuntary urine flow, as well as keeping heat on certain areas like the lower abdomen and around the bladder. Certain foods, like persimmons can also be helpful.
The first measure to take to prevent urinary incontinence is to avoid excess intake of beverages such as alcohol and coffee that would affect the amount of urination, as well as avoiding foods that could lead to obesity, constipation, or other pressure on the stomach and abdomen. In addition, there are herbal medicines that can help remedy incontinence, as well as pelvic muscle exercises that can help strengthen the bladder and urinary muscles to avoid involuntary urine flow.
These methods will not only help with alleviating the problems the come with urinary incontinence, but as an added bonus, can help improve your overall sex life as well. In turn, treating urinary incontinence can actually help improve your relationships and overall life harmony.