This review discusses 3 types of behavioral therapy for urinary incontinence: bladder training for urge incontinence (sometimes in combination with pelvic floor exercises
), pelvic floor exercises
for stress incontinence, and both for mixed incontinence.
(10,12) With regular exercise, pelvic floor exercises
should give optimum results within 3-6 months, but should be continued once daily for life to safeguard against the recurrence of the problem.
THOSE PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES
AND EXTRA STUFF YOU CAN DO
"I had done quite a lot of reading whilst I was pregnant and, therefore, did start to do pelvic floor exercises
within a day of giving birth.
Number one is regular pelvic floor exercises
, which strengthen muscle tone and prevent accidental leaks.
When you leave hospital you'll be given a sheet of exercises to do, including ankle circling, pelvic floor exercises
, pelvic tilt and modified abdominal exercises.
Then about 12 years ago I read an article in a magazine about how common incontinence was and how it can be helped by doing pelvic floor exercises
," she said.
-- Physicians should take a more active role in instructing pregnant patients how to do pelvic floor exercises
I have tried all the usual pelvic floor exercises
and have got my figure back to what it was before I was pregnant, but none of this seems to have worked.
How to beat it: Pelvic floor exercises
. Locate your pelvic floor muscles by imagining trying to stop the flow of urine when you go to the toilet.
Pelvic floor exercises
are designed to strengthen or retrain weak pelvic floor muscles, caused by surgery, constipation, being overweight, pregnancy or childbirth and changes in hormone levels during the menopause.
WHAT YOU CAN DO Pelvic floor exercises
really do help prevent little leaks - but you have to do them right and do them regularly.