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The Littlest Homo

One of the best ways to treat it is with pelvic floor exercises.

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How to do pelvic floor exercises

You can feel your pelvic floor muscles if you try to stop the flow of urine when you go to the toilet.

To strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, sit comfortably and squeeze the muscles 10-15 times in a row. Avoid holding your breath, or tightening your stomach, buttock, or thigh, muscles, at the same time.

When you get used to doing pelvic floor exercises, you can try holding each squeeze for a few seconds. Every week, you can add more squeezes, but be careful not to overdo it, and always have a rest in between sets of squeezes.

After a few months, you should start to notice the results. Your incontinence should improve, as well as the sensitivity you experience during sex. You should carry on doing the exercises, even when you notice them starting to work.


NHS Direct gives you more information here : http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/articles/article.aspx?articleid=1063

Its nothing to be ashamed of. Just one of lifes annoyances.
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The Littlest Homo

Argh well. Tena Lady it is then. :wink:
LornaDoone40

Re: Stress Incontinence!

Sarniajoy wrote:
I am a bit nervous but I have decided to post this rather embarrassing topic as so many women suffer from the problem and are too embarrassed to talk about it. Even if others on this forum don't want to admit to suffering from it, at least they will know they are not alone. You can always pm me if you want to chat about it, and maybe offer me advice!

I have been suffering from stress incontinence since my recent gynae op three weeks ago! :(  According to the GP the op didn't cause the incontinence and is a coincidence!

This form of bladder incontinence is mostly suffered by women, usually those who have children. The more children, the more likely you are to suffer from it apparently. Mine has come out of a clear blue sky, having always had good bladder control heretofore, so I am rather distressed to put it mildly, even though on the scale of things I don't suffer as badly as some other women. I was talking to an elderly relative last night, and was shocked to learn that not only has she had it for a number of years, it is bad enough to require adult nappies! Only her husband knew of her condition, she hadn't confided it to her family as she is too embarrassed!

My GP is referring me to a specialist and surgery might be needed.


Ok, first, its not coincidence that this has started in the wake of your gynae op, though I don't know what op you had but most gynae surgery comes with some slight risk of damage to the bladder/ureathra and that should have been explained to you.  

Although I did not have the same problem for the first few years after my hysterectomy, I have recently noticed that sneezing or coughing can be... problematic. Like you, I began doing daily pelvic floor excercises when I was carrying my eldest and have never stopped, so your pf muscles should be strong, but have probably under gone some stress during the surgery. Keep doing them. This is important, since whatever the problem is, the stronger your pf muscles are, the better you will be able to recover from it.  Don't take any nonsense from the male consultants. They'd tell you the moon was made of blue cheese if they thought it would stop you nagging them!

There are.. some other suggestions, depending on the op you had, but I would pm to you if they were likely to be of any use.

I think your a top lady for posting this subject, and good on you.  It happens, and there's nothing to feel embarrassed about.

blessings!
Ketty

It can be a horribly embarrassing condition and if it's really bad can be assisted by surgery so don't suffer in silence.

Good idea to empty as often as possible just in case of an unexpected sneeze or cough.  You've gotta larf.  :shock:  :lol:

Tena ladies and similar things are a bit better than everyday pantie liners.
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The Littlest Homo

Sarniajoy wrote:
The op was for a bartholin's cyst which has become infected, so the bladder isn't likely have been interfered with, but it does seem a bit of a coincidence all the same! :(  I hope it won't be long before I get an appointment with the consultant.


The infection of the cyst might have caused a Urinary Tract Infection which could explain the incontinence. I take it you have been prescribed antibiotics to clear up the infection?

As a side note, you may already know, but Cranberry juice is very good for urinary tracts!

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I am trying not to let this condition get me down, but it is very depressing all the same!
Keep your chin up.
LornaDoone40

Lou Smorels wrote:
The infection of the cyst might have caused a Urinary Tract Infection which could explain the incontinence. I take it you have been prescribed antibiotics to clear up the infection?

As a side note, you may already know, but Cranberry juice is very good for urinary tracts!


Both excellent points Lou. Also, no caffeine and limit your dairy intake.

Blessings Roses.
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Lexilogio

Well done for talking about this!

A bartholin's cyst op doesn't cause stress incontinence, but a residual infection can lead to some

and I agree - pelvic floor exercises seem to have only limited effects, however, other regular exercise can be of enormous benefit, such as jogging, or using a small trampoline (I would advise wearing pads to begin with though - as it will initially cause incontinence until the muscles strengthen)

However - the exercise route may not be as practical for you.
There is a surgical option - several actually.
There is an injection which is successful for many - and usually the first route.
Then there is a TVTO - Trans Urethral Vaginal Tape, this can be very effective and is common
Then there is the Trans Vaginal Mesh - only done by a few centres in the Uk at the moment - so you will need to ask your GP if there is a hospital you can go to which will do it.  The mesh is by far the best option - I worked with a surgeon who was an expert in it, and the results are very very good - but your PCT may not cover the cost - it is more expensive than a TVTO, and generally in many women, a TVTO works.
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Thanks Lexi fo rthe advice.  :)

Due to my arthritis jogging and bouncing on a trampoline is out. I take three walks a day and do step ups to keep myself from getting too stiff.

I am about to take my speciman to the GP so it can be sent to the path lab, so we will see what gives.
jaqueline

After the birth of H, a very fast four hour labour, L developed stress incontinence as she had a very bad chest infection and all the coughing so soon after birth, put lots of pressure on weakened muscles. She was so embarrassed that she waited until I was out shopping with her to buy some Tena so she could put them in my basket, rather than let the entire checkout queue know they were hers.

Her reasoning was 'well you're middle-aged and it's expected'  :shock:

Actually I did have a few problems after my early hysterectomy, but I just continued pelvic exercises plus the cranberry juice, for me that worked, so I was very lucky really.
LornaDoone40

jaqueline wrote:
After the birth of H, a very fast four hour labour, L developed stress incontinence as she had a very bad chest infection and all the coughing so soon after birth, put lots of pressure on weakened muscles. She was so embarrassed that she waited until I was out shopping with her to buy some Tena so she could put them in my basket, rather than let the entire checkout queue know they were hers.

Her reasoning was 'well you're middle-aged and it's expected' :shock:



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I must admit that when I bought my Tena lady I chose a checkout manned by a woman of my age, rather than one manned by a young man!

I am knocking back the cranberry juice!
Ketty

Another thing which is good for bladders is beetroot juice.  

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Ketty wrote:
Another thing which is good for bladders is beetroot juice.  

:-)


I don't do beetroot in any shape or form, I cannot stand the taste!

I had the result from the path lab this morning, all is normal I do not have a UTI.

Since coming out into the open with my 'problem' I have been overwhelmed by the number of people of my acquaintance who suffer from it, only much worse than I do! One of my daughters apparently suffers quite badly especially at that time of the month, and I never knew! :(  Incontinence is a topic which must be talked about, however embarrassing. I can't say I enjoy revealing something so personal on a public forum, but feel it is one of the last taboos that must be breached!
shayanjameel08

Activities commonly associated with stress incontinence include the following:

   Coughing
   Exercising
   Laughing
   Lifting
   Rising from a chair or bed
   Sneezing

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