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Urinary Incontinence Is A Major Problem For Women Especially After Childbirth
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Urinary Incontinence is A Major Problem for Women Especially After Childbirth

Doctors and other experts suggest that women should use kegel exercises to strengthen their pelvic floors both before and after childbirth to restore tone to the area and prevent problems such as urinary incontinence. But, roughly sixty percent of all women will not be helped to any degree by kegel exercises and may have embarrassing issues when they laugh, cough or sneeze. For some woman, the problem is minor, but to many others, the leaking can become so bad, they are forced to wear protective clothing, including specially designed undergarments.

Women who are not interested in wearing these undergarments but are afraid of the constant leaking may search for other methods of staying dry. Some women may try to avoid drinking liquids after a certain time of day, but may only harm themselves in the process. Dehydration is a dangerous problem and can be far more serious than bladder leakage. There are better options that can be considered.

Certain women, especially those who are bothered by bladder leaking when they move or during coughing, sneezing and bouts of laughter, may benefit from a nonsurgical device called a pessary. That device works by increasing resistance on the middle part of the urethra which helps keep urine from leaking out. There are some that are removed by the woman so that she can urinate normally, however, there are other kinds that are meant to be left in place for longer terms, including around the clock. Those are typically softer silicone models that are fitted by a doctor.

Other women are treated by surgery, including the sling surgery. Those surgical types, which include specially designed tape, a mini sling and a more traditional type of sling are effective in preventing around 90% of the leakage. There have been some issues with some types of the surgical mesh being used in these surgeries, with some being recalled. The Food and Drug Administration is demanding further research and testing for the mini slings but is still approving the older style slings and listing them as safe for now. It is important to understand the risks and benefits of these slings before having the surgery.

Urinary incontinence is one of the most common afflictions shared by all women, with more than half surveyed saying they had some level of the problem. A smaller number of women have stress incontinence even before having children while most have issues that start after the birth of their first child.


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