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Bladder and Urine Control - 6 Quick Tips For Bladder Health

Mar 16th 2015 at 11:26 PM

Bladder control is something that happens to women of all ages. The medical terminology is incontinence and is commonly referred to as leakage. The problem is more common in women than men. This is because of the changes that occur in the body over a woman's lifespan and the structure and location of the urinary tract in women. Bladder leakage can happen when women exercise, laugh, cough or sneeze.

Another common term, used in T.V. commercials, for urine leakage is overactive bladder. Women who are in the menopausal or postmenopausal stage of their of life often report bladder control problems. The bladder control problems usually occur as a result of a decreased in hormonal stimulation which can assist in the muscle control of the pelvic floor. Women who have been pregnant will also report an increased incidence of bladder leakage related to pelvic stretching and the additional weight they carry during pregnancy.

Bladder leakage usually starts as a slow process and continues to increase over time. There are two types of incontinence, the most common of which is stress incontinence described above. Although this condition is most common in older women, one third of women can develop the problem before the age of 35.

Another cause of bladder leakage is urge incontinence, when a person has a sudden urge to urinate and may not get to the restroom in time. The good news for individuals who suffer from both types of bladder leakage is that there are treatments and medications to help decrease or eradicate the problem.

It is important to recognize that bladder leakage is not a normal part of aging and should not be accepted as such. Women who suffer from stress incontinence have simple exercises which will strengthen the pelvic floor and the muscles which control the bladder and urethra. Through better muscular control women are often able to stop stress incontinence in its tracks.

6 -Easy self help tips to improve bladder health

1. Kegel exercises to improve pelvic floor muscle strength.

2. Decrease and eliminate caffeinated beverages.

3. Eliminate alcohol or if you must drink, drink a glass of water to every ounce of alcohol.

4. Aromatic massages with specific high quality essential oil massage oil blends.

5. Schedule trips to the bathroom.

6. Eat a fiber rich diet with adequate intakes of water to prevent constipation.

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