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Are there natural ways to treat stress incontinence?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Kegels: Kegel exercises will decrease or stop episodes of stress incontinence in over 70% of women - who do enough of the kegels. It requires 60 to 80 kegels each day for 6 or 8 weeks to begin to see improvement in the leaking. The majority of women do not do enough kegels for long enough to see any improvement.
Dr. Jessica Scotchie
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Performing kegel exercises (contracting the pelvic floor muscles) helps strengthen muscles that support the urethra and bladder. Weight loss also helps, by decreasing pressure on the bladder. If you are a smoker, quitting can improve symptoms as well, by decreasing coughing and the pelvic pressure that coughing can cause.
Dr. Carlos Quezada
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Yes: Avoiding stimulants and diuretics such as caffeinated products. Timing your voids to regularly go to the bathroom every 2-3 hours. Performing kegel exercises helps to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and help reduce the gap in the musculature that can lead to bladder prolapse (falling down) that can lead to leaking urine.
Dr. James Lin
A Verified Doctoranswered
Urology 52 years experience
No, but cope...: No. There has been no known natural means to treat or cure stress urinary incontinence (sui), but there are some way to cope with: - realize ; accept the facts of life - life is a process of constant struggle to cope with reality, certainty, ; uncertainty of daily living; - void timely, not until a full bladder; - change protective pad timely; - treat UTI if any; - minimize urine-producing drin.
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology 24 years experience
FEW: Stress incontinence is from a weakness of the ligaments under the urethra. Kegels will strengthen the muscles but doesn't do anything for the ligaments. You can try a pessary, which is a support device that you can be fitted for. You can try wearing a tampon, which can put pressure on the urethra. There is also a product for Femsoft Otherwise surgical procedures Resource: www.voicesforpfd.org

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