Home incontinence solutions have come a long way in recent years—and they can be a much-needed help
that allows one to continue to get out there and enjoy life.
But they may not be the only solution.
The fact is that the world of medicine changes every day. There are constant improvements and innovations. So what you once thought was your only option may not be any more.
Incontinence Solutions for Women
There are two types of urinary incontinence—stress incontinence and urgency incontinence.
Stress incontinence is when you are unable to “hold” urine when coughing, sneezing, or lifting something. Pregnancy, being overweight, getting older and having had a hysterectomy can all contribute to the problem.
Urgency incontinence is when you have a strong urge to urinate and cannot make it to the bathroom in time. The bladder may not be functioning properly because nerves may be damaged by various diseases, including diabetes, stroke or multiple sclerosis.
The good news is that although there are a wide variety of causes, there are also a wide variety of treatments, including many non-surgical incontinence solutions. Here are a few:
• Pelvic floor training alone reduced symptoms of stress incontinence for 7 out of 10 women, according to a 2012 report that reviewed 905 studies on urinary incontinence.
• Bladder training helped four out of 10 women reduce their symptoms, according to the same report.
• Botox was approved in 2013 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a new treatment option. Botox is injected directly into bladder tissue, causing the bladder to relax, which increases its storage capacity and reduces episodes of urinary incontinence. Two research studies showed promising results. In the first study, roughly 9 in 10 patients saw a 50 percent or greater drop in daily urinary incontinence episodes. The second study found that one injection produced stable results for an excess of one year among a third of patients.
Incontinence Solutions for Men
Urinary incontinence occurs in 11% to 34% of older men, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease.
Causes can range from uncontrolled diabetes to urinary tract infections. But one of the most common causes is an enlarged prostate. As the prostate gets bigger, it presses on the urethra, causing a frequent or urgent need to urinate.
In the past, the condition was often treated with medication or surgery, which sometimes left patients dealing with side effects, including sexual issues.
But one especially effective new treatment embraced by doctors is the UroLift System. The procedure, which can be done in an outpatient setting, has been shown to have no negative effect on sexual function and restores full urinary function in about two weeks. Learn more about it here.
Patients can return to regular activities in 48 hours and have reported the procedure to be life changing. No more scheduling trips around bathroom stops. No more going to a ballgame only if you can get an aisle seat. No more waking up three times a night.
If you or someone you love is dealing with incontinence, you owe it to yourself to at least explore all your options. Whether you’re a man or a woman experiencing incontinence, there more options available than you think. Check out our guides for men, and for women, respectively, for more information.