are there any known ways to stop or at least slow down incontinence naturally without the need of surgery/medication etc? i suffer with both bowel and bladder incontinence.
Yes, natural treatment methods are often recommended as a first resort over any invasive methods. Research has shown that exercises, lifestyle changes and natural supplements can help incontinence.
Have you ever heard of kegel exercises? Many experts recommend these as a healthy, effective way to manage incontinence. These aim to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles are easy to practice. They can be useful for both urinary and faecal incontinence when the cause of the problem is a weak pelvic floor. You can read about how to do kegel exercises here.
You can also ask your Doctor about a bladder retraining programme, which is another popular natural treatment method. This trains you to hold on for longer in between toilet breaks and allows you to slowly stretch your bladder so it can hold larger volumes of urine. You are taught ways to distract yourself to prevent leakages.
You should also pay attention to your diet and ensure you avoid common incontinence triggers. Try and avoid spicy foods, caffeinated foods, alcohol and citrus fruits. It is important to have enough vitamin D levels in your diet, as a lack of vitamin D is known to negatively impact on pelvic floor muscle strength. Foods that provide vitamin D include fatty fish, cheese, egg yolks, dairy products fortified with vitamin D and cereals. You can also purchase herbal products to improve your symptoms, which include Chinese herbal blends and corn silk. You find out more about dietary requirements and herbal treatments in our blog about how to stop incontinence naturally.
Managing your weight is one of the most overlooked treatment methods for incontinence. However, carrying excessive weight can cause additional stress to be placed on the pelvic floor muscles. A healthy weight loss programme or gentle exercise can, therefore, be hugely effective.
Are you managing with the incontinence products you’re in? Don’t hesitate to ask if you would like some product advice.
Hi. Thats good advice thank you and the blogs were also good to read. It has made me now understand things more. I have never tried the kegel exercises so will be giving that a go. What products can you recommend please? i am using the F6 pad but i dont think it works with urinal incontinence. Thanks
I’m glad you found the blogs helpful. If the pads aren’t providing you with enough protection for both urine and faeces, you should be looking at a pant or all in one product.
Are you fairly active? Pull up pants can be slightly harder to put on and take off than all in ones, so your ideal product depends on your mobility and lifestyle.
Hi. Yes they were very helpful. I believe i would be better in a slip. Am i right by saying this is like a nappy with sticky tape on the sides? this will work better for me as i wont have to completely undress to put a new pull up on. I was quite active, however, since having incontinence it has slowed me down massively. It would be nice to find a product that will work so i can get back into my usual routines. Where would i be able to buy a slip from? thanks