Bladder problems in women, such as weakness or leaking, is so common, it affects over 50% of women, according to new research. It is more common than hay fever, eczema, coughs and sore throats.
Bladder weakness can stop people from engaging in their normal social activities as well as having an impact on their work. The loss of independence is particularly troubling.
This doesn’t just occur in women during pregnancy or post birth, both of which are understandable. As these scenarios have a life, you can expect to resume normal bladder function in time.
Many women are too embarrassed by this problem to fully come clean to their preferred health professional. Even when the weakness is light, there is often a taboo about the subject.
Let’s look at some options that are available and what you should or shouldn’t be doing.
DON’T reduce the amount you drink if you drink when you are thirsty. This will only increase the concentration of the urine which can aggravate the situation.
DON’T wait! If you need to go, then go! Don’t put it off and don’t wear clothing that is difficult to unfasten.
DO reduce (or preferably eliminate) the amount of soft drinks and processed food (such as sugar and artificial flavourings, etc).
If you are overweight, this can contribute to bladder weakness. Long term weight management comes best from learning to eat right, rather than diets.
Pelvic floor exercises can make a world of difference, so this option is well worth exploring. Up to 70% of bladder weakness in women can be fully resolved within 3 to 6 months. The down side is that you need to keep doing them to maintain control.
Bladder retraining is another option, where you try to hold large amounts of urine for longer and longer periods. Personally I feel this is difficult to manage when you already have an established problem and is likely to have mixed results.
The use of incontinence pads is another option, but these are often substituted for sanitary protection as the stigma can be too great when purchasing them. But these can be unsuitable as the flow is different.
However, if the light bladder weakness increases to something heavier, then professional help may be your best option, albeit reluctantly.
What are the medical options for bladder problems in women, such as leakage? Drugs are one option, but they are unlikely to fully resolve the problem and will tend to make you more toxic.
Surgery is another option, but this is invasive (not to mention expensive) and often the problem returns sooner or later.
There is another option that you may not have heard about and which can bring excellent results. And that is homeopathic treatment. Homeopathy is a complete and natural system of medicine which works at restoring your body to its full potential. No toxic drugs are used, no invasive surgery is needed. Instead, all you need is to work with a professional homeopath over a period to time.