As an adult, the last thing you want to do is pee your pants in public— or anywhere for that matter. However, due to things like vaginal delivery or prostate surgery, urinary incontinence can easily sneak up on you. If you are embarrassed by doing just about anything— sneezing, laughing, coughing, running, or jumping— without the fear of peeing your pants, you are not alone. In fact, it is estimated that as many as a quarter to a third of men and women in the US suffers from urinary incontinence. Luckily, with some pelvic exercises and even surgery from our office, you can kiss your incontinence goodbye and feel more confident than ever before. Read on to learn more.
The first step to gaining back your continence is to do pelvic floor exercises called Kegels. By doing these exercises multiple times a day, you can strengthen your pelvic floor and the surrounding muscles— leaving you with the ability to, well, not pee your pants any longer. So, how can you do a kegel?
- Step 1: Urinating in the toilet, find the muscle that you use to stop the flow of urine. This is the same muscle you are going to want to contract when doing kegel exercises.
- Step 2: The great thing about Kegels is that you can do them anywhere without anyone knowing. To start out, contract that muscle that you previously found and hold it for about 10 seconds. Then release it for 10 seconds. Repeat this as many times a day as possible.
If Kegels don’t work or if you would like to take more drastic measures to get rid of your urinary incontinence then you have a few surgical options to consider from Dr. Jack Bertolino. Whether you’re male or female, Dr. Bertolino may recommend either a laser surgery or traditional surgery. During one of these procedures, the goal will be to tighten the pelvic floor and strengthen the muscles.
Peeing your pants isn’t exactly something that you want to write home about. If you suffer from urinary incontinence, contact Dr. Jack Bertolino today to schedule a consultation appointment. During your consultation, we will go over your treatment options so that you can decide what option is best for you.