Some alternative treatments for urinary incontinence

A number of alternative treatments are suggested to cope with urinary incontinence such as bladder control training, using pelvic floor muscles (kegel exercises to strengthen the muscles to stop the flow of urine); biofeedback where electrical signals from the vagina or rectum can help you become more aware of your body’s signals; timed voiding and bladder training where you train your body to go to the loo at specific times of the day.

  • A Pessary which is like a small tampon inserted into the urethra, in a study of advanced prolapse 62.5% of patients avoided surgery.
  • Absorbant Pads and Underclothing
  • Vaginal Cones, held in the vagina for increasing lengths of time to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

Other things to consider might be hidden food intolerances, such as tea, coffee, sugar, honey, alcohol, soft drinks, tomatoe based products, highly spiced foods. Keeping a food diary and comparing it to periods of incontinence may help you to notice a pattern.

Higher incontinence rates are also associated with obesity and carbonated drinks. (BJU Int, 2003; 92:69-77)

Take herbs to calm and heal your bladder, to do so see a homeopath who may recommend Causticum or Euryale for bladder control.

Magnesium; a double blind trial showed that just over 50% of the women taking magnesium reported an improvement in their symptoms, whereas less than 25% in the control group reported improvement. (Br J Obstet Gynae, 1998, 105:667-9).

There is some suggestion that HRT may make incontinence worse (Obstet Gyne, 2001, 97:116-20).

Try a CONVEEN Continence Guard, it is designed to support the bladder neck through the vagina, in a study of 28 women 84.2% were cured or improved with the guard after just three weeks. (Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand, 2000; 79:1052-5).

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  1. I had TVH, anterior and posterior repair on 17 Nov. Recovery has been great – really great – BUT I now have a urine leak when out walking – something I haven’t had before. Surgeon at post op check up said it would either resolve, OR I might well need tape bladder suspension, and to go back in 6 months if I still have the leakage. He explained that putting everything else back where it needs to be (apart from the bits I no longer have!!) may have straightened out the urethra, which might have been a bit kinked and therefore not so leaky, prior to the surgery I’ve had (I did have some stress incontinence before, but just the usual coughing/ sneezing/ running issues, not walking).

    I’m going to try and get a referral to women’s physio and see if there’s anything helpful on that front, and will let you know the continuing story. Meanwhile, on with the kegels!!!

    I’m 61, far too young to be walking around in nappies!

  2. I am 2 weeks post op TVH and anterior repair. First few days walking were OK then developed slight urine leak when out walking. Is this likely to improve as my body heals? Should I walk less? I am doing about 20-30 mins at a time.

  3. I am desperate to find a pessary that will stay in. I had a radical hysterectomy which also included, as well as the cervix, the cuff of the vagina. A ring pessary simply slips out. I have prolapse of vaginal wall, bladder, rectum, and an enterocele. I have been advised against further surgery due to damage done to me during the hystectomy.
    I have ben limping about for nearly 6 years and am desperate for help.