June 30

How Can I Stop My Bladder from Leaking?

Are you a woman dealing with a leaky bladder? You’re not alone. As many as one in three women struggle with female incontinence on a daily basis. Fortunately, there is a solution, and it DOESN’T require surgery. GAINSWave® for women helps restore vaginal sensation and muscle control so that you no longer have to worry about accidental bladder leaks.

Why is My Bladder Leaking?

A leaky bladder, also called female incontinence or stress urinary incontinence, is an involuntary condition where the bladder cannot hold in urine. The most common causes are pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and aging, all of which can decrease muscle tone and natural lubrication in the pelvic area. As the bladder muscles stretch, weaken, and sag, this may cause you to “pee a little” during common activities like working out, sneezing, coughing, and even laughing.

What is the Best Treatment for a Leaky Bladder?

If you have a leaky bladder, what you need is better muscle control in the pelvic area. There are several strategies you can try on your own to manage incontinence:

  • Daily pelvic floor exercises (Kegels): Pelvic floor exercises (also called Kegels) can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, making it easier to hold in urine. To do these exercises, sit comfortably and tighten your pelvic floor muscles as if you’re trying to stop yourself from peeing. Hold for three to five seconds, then release. Repeat 10 to 15 times daily.
  • Bladder training: If you pee more than 10 times per day, you may benefit from bladder training.You can gradually train your bladder to wait longer between bathroom visits so that leaks do not catch you by surprise when you can’t find a bathroom. For example, if you typically go every hour, try waiting an extra 15 minutes each time. (The normal number of times to urinate per day is around 6 or 7; less than this is a sign that you may be holding in pee for too long and may increase your risk of urinary tract infections. If you are prone to frequent UTIs, talk to your doctor before starting bladder training.)
  • Improve daily exercise: The type of daily exercise you do can affect your pelvic floor muscles. High impact exercises like running can put pressure on the pelvic floor and increase the chance of bladder leaks, while low impact strengthening exercises like Pilates and yoga can strengthen the core and improve muscle control.
  • Lift properly: Lifting strains the pelvic floor muscles. When you lift something (such as a child or a heavy box), tighten your pelvic floor muscles immediately before and while lifting. This can improve muscle tone and help you manage urinary incontinence.
  • Manage body weight: Excess body weight can put pressure on the bladder and weaken the pelvic floor muscles. Losing even a few pounds may help reduce accidental bladder leaks.
  • Adjust diet: Certain foods and drinks can irritate the bladder and increase your risk of incontinence. Cut down on alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, and acidic foods. Drink plenty of water daily so that you do not decrease your bladder’s capacity. Consume a good amount of fiber to reduce the risk of constipation (which can worsen urinary incontinence).

Bear in mind that it can take several months to notice results from these approaches, and the success rate varies per individual. For many women, at-home management strategies for female incontinence simply aren’t enough, and this is where GAINSWave® for women comes in.

How Can GAINSWave® for Women Reduce Bladder Leaks?

GAINSWave® for women is an all-natural in-office treatment that helps to repair blood vessels and improve blood flow to the vagina. The treatment restores sensation and stimulates the growth of healthier vaginal tissue. This helps boost pelvic floor muscle control and reduces accidental bladder leakage.

GAINSWave® for women treatments are non-invasive and administered in-office. Each treatment lasts just 15 to 20 minutes and begins with the application of a numbing cream to the inner and outer labia, after which the GAINSWave® device is used to send sound pulse waves through the tissues. GAINSWave® for women treatments have no side effects and involve no anesthesia, no surgery, no medications, no lasers, and no downtime or recovery. Simply come in, receive treatment, then go about your day as usual. You can even have sex the same night after your treatment! Most patients achieve optimal results with just 6 to 12 treatment sessions.

Don’t let the embarrassment of incontinence stop you from engaging in the activities you love. GAINSWave® for women can eliminate bladder leaks and give you back your control, freedom, and flexibility.

To learn more about GAINSWave® for women, schedule a consultation with our female sexual health expert Dr. Nicole Eisenbrown. Call (407) 212-9532 or contact us online to book your appointment at Amore Medical Spa today.