Patients suffering from bladder weakness can quickly regain quality of life if they trust themselves to the experts early enough. If incontinence is only mild, targeted pelvic floor training can alleviate the symptoms, says Ursula Funke, President of the State Chamber of Hesse. The rule is: "The less advanced the incontinence, the easier it is to treat the symptoms." According to the state pharmacy chamber, pelvic floor training is very effective.
Incontinence triggers are versatile
An unmistakable sign of urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine, for example when sneezing or during exercise. Mostly an insufficiently trained pelvic floor is the reason for uncontrollable urination. Older people are often affected by bladder weakness. But even after pregnancy, temporary incontinence can occur if, for example, injuries occurred at birth. Obesity also affects the pelvic floor. To minimize the pressure on the muscles and reduce incontinence, overweight patients should reduce the weight if possible. Other triggering factors are stress or, especially in men, disorders of the prostate and associated operations. It is important that patients have their complaints clarified with the doctor. Thereafter, treatment can be given through targeted pelvic floor training or with medication.
It depends on the right training
Regular exercise in the pelvic floor and light exercise are a great help for anyone suffering from incontinence. Gynecologists, urologists, physiotherapists and pharmacists can give helpful advice and often have the appropriate brochures with exercise instructions. In general, not every sporting activity is suitable for training the pelvic floor: aerobic or jogging is often unnecessarily stressful due to jerky, rapid movements. On the other hand, muscular and physical fitness sports such as swimming, yoga or gymnastics are ideal. In addition, patients should ensure easy bowel movements and do not press too hard while using the toilet. Some people want to reduce the urge to urinate by drinking less. But that is not always good for the body. The better option is to avoid diuretic drinks such as coffee, tea or alcohol. Patients can also use mild medication from pumpkin seeds or saw palmetto extract to strengthen the bladder muscle. Pharmacists will be happy to advise you on these gentle methods.
Some medications increase pressure
There are medicines that can increase fluid excretion and thereby increase incontinence. Some sedatives relax the bladder muscles and thus also promote incontinence. Bladder weakness can also increase when taking certain groups of cardiovascular drugs. "Your local pharmacist will advise you at any time about the possible effects of medication on the bladder. Take advantage of this information, ”recommends Ursula Funke. In the pharmacy, patients also receive detailed and discreet advice on the use of templates, diapers and other incontinence products. (sb, pm)