I have had four children and over the years, I noticed that when I coughed too hard or even sneezed in an unguarded moment, that sometimes I had what I called a “leaky bladder”. I didn’t think anything of it and didn’t think there was anything I could do about it. In fact, I laughed it off as a part of getting older and that accepting it as a part of life was my way of aging gracefully. Then, over the years, I started to pick up weight and applied a word to myself that made me cringe. Incontinence. I bought some pads to deal with the issue in the short-term. Then, I went to my computer and did some research. It turns out there is a whole slew of things I could do and it started with making an appointment with a urogynecologist in New York.
I chose this type of doctor because they deal specifically with women and the types of problems I was having. I prepared a list of questions for when I got to talk to the doctor and ranked them, thinking I might not get to them all. I was wrong about that. All my questions were answered and a few more besides.
A Urogynecologist is a doctor with specific training in urology, obstetrics, and gynecology and who concentrates on the assessment and treatment of non-cancerous conditions regarding the female pelvic organs, and the related tissues and muscles. They also perform pelvic reconstructive surgery.
Things you Can Do Anytime
Contingent upon your specific conditions, there are a few things you can do to alleviate incontinence. Doing pelvic exercises (Kegel activities) may work to reinforce your pelvic floor muscles to help with your bladder control. They can even prevent pelvic floor issues from developing. Eating meals that are high in fiber can alleviate the weight and stress place on the bowels. Refraining from caffeine and certain drinks can help you with your bladder control. Training your bladder can also help.
Losing weight if you are overweight, refraining from smoking and avoiding heavy lifting can help diminish your danger of pelvic floor issues like incontinence.
Things the Doctor Can Do to Help
Besides suggesting some of the things my research had mentioned, my doctor was able to prescribe a high-fiber, caffeine-free eating plan that would help me feel fuller and lose weight. He also gave me some brochures with medication that could be prescribed if I needed additional help getting my problem under control. I was so grateful to have someone to talk to about this embarrassing problem in a comfortable setting. With my urogynecologist, I know I can get this problem under control.