Elk Grove Chiropractor Dr. Doug Ferguson DC 95758, Rhino Chiropractic

Prevent SUI With These Simple Suggestions

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI), the most common urinary problem, may affect 50 percent of women over the age of 48 years, according to official records from health authorities. In addressing this pelvic disorder, about 10 percent of this number is expected to undergo surgical procedures. These surgeries include the use of vaginal mesh devices which have caused critical injuries prompting patients to file vaginal mesh lawsuits. A few of these lawsuits have gone to trial while talks are afoot on out-of-court settlements, prompting experts to say that this may bode well for vaginal mesh victims.



Instead of enjoying their twilight years, women in their middle ages are burdened by this medical condition. While there might be factors, such as childbirth and menopause, which may be beyond your control, there are some things a woman may do to reduce the risks of developing SUI.


Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises

When the pelvic floor muscles are weakened or damaged due to different causes such as pregnancy, childbirth, injuries, and menopause, stress urinary incontinence may occur. Once these muscles are weakened, the bladder may drop down preventing the urethra from closing, which may then result to urine leakage once pressure is exerted on the pelvic area.


The effectiveness of strengthening the pelvic floor muscles not just in the treatment of SUI but also in preventing the occurrence of this common urinary problem has been established through different studies. Kegel exercises, which strengthen the urinary sphincter and the muscles that support the bladder and other pelvic organs is the best method to achieve this. You doctor or physical therapist may assist you in learning how to perform these exercises correctly.


Weight Reduction

Overweight and obesity have been shown by countless studies to be prime risk factors in the development of SUI. A unit increase in body mass index (BMI) has been determined to result to a three percent increase in the risk of incontinence. Even a five percent decrease in weight resulted to significant improvements in incontinence conditions, based on results of other clinical trials.


For those who may find the task of losing excess weight very difficult, it would be best to seek the assistance of an expert who might provide the proper guidance in achieving your goal. Women who may be regarded as severely obese may explore the possibility of undergoing weight loss surgery.


Lifestyle and Behavioral Changes

The risk of developing pelvic floor disorders has been proven to be drastically reduced by making the necessary lifestyle and behavioral changes. These changes may include following the proper diet, quitting smoking, limiting the intake alcohol, and engaging in physical activities.


Irritation of the bladder and worsening of urinary problems have been triggered by certain foods and drinks such as spicy and acidic foods, chocolate, caffeine, and carbonated drinks. Aside from causing chronic coughing which may trigger leakage, smoking has also been determined to have an effect on the bladder and pelvic muscles.


These suggestions may greatly benefit women who may be at risk of stress urinary incontinence, as attested by medical specialists. This may also eliminate the need for drastic measures such as vaginal mesh surgeries which have resulted to severe complications.





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