Urinary incontinence is a wide-spread condition, affecting millions of people across the country. There are several different types of incontinence, which are characterized by unwanted bladder leakage, incomplete urination, or pain when urinating. Urinary incontinence is all about the pelvic floor muscles, which can weaken due to age, pregnancy, or other stressors on the body.
The pelvic floor is made up of muscles, tissues, ligaments, and nerves that cradle and support the bladder, vagina, and uterus. When this area is weakened, it is more difficult for these organs to function. Read on to learn the truth about some common misconceptions about urinary incontinence:
1. Delaying Urination Helps Strengthen the Bladder/Pelvic Floor
Have you ever heard your parents tell you this while on a road trip? Well they are partially right, holding in your pee can help you exercise control over your bladder, but only to an extent. Delaying going to the bathroom for too long can actually result in overstretching the bladder, causing it to not work properly afterward.
2. Reducing Fluid Intake Will Have a Positive Effect on Incontinence Symptoms
Again, there is a grain of truth in this statement. Drinking less fluid will result in less frequent urination, however, this is not a healthy solution. Dehydrating yourself will actually lead to more highly concentrated urine, which can then irritate the bladder and worsen the symptoms of urinary incontinence.
3. Increased Urinary Incontinence is Normal as we Age
This one is true. As we age, many of our organs slow down and our muscles weaken. Urinary incontinence is a natural sign of aging or stress on the body, and should not be an undue cause of shame. However, just because it is natural doesn’t mean that you are forced to live with it. There are several treatments available that can help reduce or even eliminate symptoms of urinary incontinence.
4. Surgery is the Only Effective Treatment for Urinary Incontinence
This one is most definitely false. Though surgery can be an effective method for some, there are other options for those who do not wish to go under the knife. Physical therapy exercises can help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and reduce symptoms. Another option is a vaginal rejuvenation procedure, such as VFemina’s FemiLift. FemiLift is a quick, non-invasive laser procedure that boosts collagen production in the vagina for a younger, healthier reproductive system. Besides alleviating symptoms of urinary incontinence, FemiLift also increases natural lubrication and tightness in the vagina.
Don’t feel like you have to be stuck dealing with symptoms of urinary incontinence. Explore one of the treatments listed above and see if it is right for you. If you would like to learn more about FemiLift, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our board-certified OB/GYN’s for more information on the procedure.