An operation that takes about the same amount of time to complete as the average Friends episode could be a long-awaited cure for urine leakage. Women who have received the treatment report success to the tune of a 90% majority, highly impressive numbers when you consider that millions suffer from some form of urinary incontinence (urine leakage).
Women and bladder weakness
You know bladder weakness is a big deal when well-known female celebrities are willing to hang their name on it. Whoopi Goldberg, June Allyson and other stars have gone public with their problems. They’re in rare company. Though the number of women who experience bladder weakness, leaking bladder problems and overactive bladder symptoms number in the millions, a vast majority of them do not discuss their problems.
Studies show that most women keep mum about their bladder problems, with their physicians and with their close family members — even with each other. But women are more apt to experience urine leakage than men…and, they have more options for treating it. You don’t have to live with urine leakage, women. Surgery is only one option, and newer techniques may make addressing your bladder weakness easier than ever.
Surgery addresses urine leakage
Women are experiencing vast success with the vaginal tape, TVT, procedure, a surgery that takes about 25 minutes from beginning to end. Through the surgery, a mesh strip (which is made with a thin, plastic wire) is inserted right into the urethra, the tube that carries urine away from the bladder. The wire tightens up the urethra to prevent urine leakage that occurs through stress incontinence, a form of bladder weakness that most commonly manifests itself when you cough, sneeze or laugh.
A majority of women who have received the procedure (more than 90%) report great success with TVT. But nothing is perfect. News reports have surfaced that show the vaginal tape may disintegrate into tiny fragments while still within the urethra. The fragments may spread elsewhere to the body and become lodged within. Very few complications have been reported, but some women may (understandably) wish to avoid the risk.
Bladder control exercises
Surgery isn’t the only option. Bladder control exercises that strengthen the muscles around your bladder can help you gain control over bladder weakness, urine leakage and overactive bladder problems. Kegel exercises and similar strengthening exercises will repair the damage that causes bladder problems.
Learning how to discipline your bladder will also help you gain control over weakness and urine leakage. Women who suffer from overactive bladder should monitor their fluid intake and, whenever possible, stick to a normal restroom schedule. Non-surgical and surgical methods are both effective at managing and stopping bladder problems, but you can’t get help until you start speaking up about the problem. For most sufferers, urine leakage actually is optional.