How Kegel Weights Can Help With Different Types of Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is not just one condition, it’s several. Incontinence itself just describes the ultimate effect – a loss of bladder control; to treat it, you need to understand your individual condition the underlying causes. We know that this can be an awkward, embarrassing and confusing topic to talk about, so we’ve prepared this simple, straightforward and easy to understand guide to the different kinds of incontinence.
Incontinence affects different women in different ways
The three most common forms of urinary incontinence are stress incontinence, urge incontinence, and overflow incontinence. Each can be caused by different events, but menopause, rapid weight loss or weight gain, pregnancy and childbirth can all contribute to the appearance of one or several kinds of urinary incontinence (referred to as mixed incontinence).
In brief, stress incontinence is caused by an inability for pelvic floor muscles to hold the bladder closed, overflow incontinence is due to poor contraction of the bladder, and urge incontinence is due to an overactive bladder leading to a constant desire to urinate.
A simple, conservative treatment for multiple problems
All of these forms of urinary incontinence can be anxiety-causing for the person affected, but fortunately in many cases no surgery or medication is required. Many people can resolve their incontinence problems with some easy exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, as in many cases the ultimate cause of the incontinence is a lack of pelvic floor strength.
Strengthening the pelvic floor provides critical support to the sphincter muscle, helping to keep the bladder closed and combatting stress incontinence. It can also assist with helping you empty your bladder entirely, the lack of which is often the cause of overflow incontinence. Stronger muscles are also better controlled muscles, so sufferers of urge incontinence should also experience a reduced urge to urinate.
A passive way to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles is through the use of a vaginal cone – a small weight worn internally in the vagina that provides gentle resistance training. People suffering from incontinence have experienced great success with the MEDIball Secret, helping to tone the pelvic floor in a safe, easy and hygienic way. Discreet and externally invisible, they’re the perfect choice for women who don’t have the time for specific exercises as they can be used during any daily activity. For more information on the MEDIball Secret, get in touch with Pelvi today.