One study found that behavioral therapies are the best alternative to fight urinary incontinence in women.
84 clinical trials were analyzed that proved that changes in lifestyle are more effective than medications.
Research patients who took a behavioral approach experienced five times greater improvement in urinary incontinence symptoms than those who did not receive any treatment.
Women who were treated only with drugs, on the other hand, improved twice as much in the same type of comparison.
One of the alternatives to combat the condition is to avoid the consumption of caffeine and alcohol. In addition, pelvic exercises can help improve bladder control.
It is important that the patient seek medical advice from a urologist, a specialist responsible for treating diseases of the urinary tract.
The research, done at Brown University in partnership with the University of New Mexico, was published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
The causes of urinary incontinence
Urinary incontinence is any involuntary loss of urine. This condition affects women and the elderly more, but it can happen in any age group and in both sexes.
In women, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause are the aspects that most favor urinary incontinence.
The leakage of urine can happen for two reasons:
- When the bladder is under pressure (due to situations such as coughing, laughing or lifting a lot of weight);
- When the urge to urinate comes suddenly and uncontrollably.
Urinary incontinence is a condition that can be treated, and the most effective method does not involve medication. Small changes in habits can help relieve symptoms. If in doubt, consult a doctor.