Non-Surgical Urogynecological and Pelvic Health Treatments

There is a range of non-surgical treatments that can be used in certain circumstances. One or more of the following treatments may be recommended by a physician, depending on the specific issue.

Dietary Changes

Some dietary elements can irritate the bladder and worsen your bladder symptoms. A physician can provide a list of certain foods and drinks to avoid.

Bladder Retraining

This means going to the bathroom at set times. Every few days, the break between urination is extended, provided that leaking accidents are avoided. The point of this exercise is to regain bladder control by emptying before the sudden strong urge comes.

Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises (Kegel Exercises)

The purpose of these exercises is to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles which help to control urine leakage. As with any other type of exercise, improvement is a reflection of dedication to doing the exercises regularly and a good exercise technique. A physician can help you identify the right muscles to exercise and give you a schedule.

Pessaries

Similar to vaginal contraceptive diaphragms, pessaries are plastic devices that are utilized for lifting the bladder. These devices are placed in the vagina to lift a prolapse and support the vaginal wall.

Medication

Medications work by relaxing the bladder wall and stopping abnormal bladder spasms or contractions, which can cause symptoms of urgency, frequency, and urinary leakage before reaching the bathroom.

Patients who experience non-tolerable side effects or do not experience the desired relief of symptoms from medications could be candidates for nerve stimulation therapy.

Weight Loss

Maintaining healthy body weight is crucial for normal pelvic floor function. As little as a 5% to 10% decrease in weight in women who are overweight or obese will decrease weekly incontinence episodes by more than half.

Pelvic Floor Electrical Stimulation

The treatment is made up of intermittent electrical stimulation of the pelvic floor muscle and nerve tissues using a tampon-shaped exerciser inserted into the vagina, or a smaller exerciser inserted into the rectum.

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About AZ Urogynecology and Pelvic Health Center

The AZ Urogynecology and Pelvic Health Center is devoted exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of all urogynecologic, pelvic floor disorders and complex gynecologic problems.

They offer a wide array of advanced diagnostic tools and specialized treatment options.


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