Incontinence is very much an age-related condition. As a child, incontinence is a matter of training and is to some degree anxiety-related, but with older age it is predominantly due to weakening muscle control. Prolapse of the uterus or the bladder makes things worse. Incontinence


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Hops are an excellent source of phyto-oestrogens and can be taken as real ale or as supplements.

Vitamin B6 can be taken with breakfast and lunch.

Non-medicated lubricants are preferred to oestrogen creams if they are effective. If not, use pharmaceutical ointments. They do not seem to be particularly harmful. Calendula-containing oil-based creams are preferable.

The main cause of incontinence is a weakness of the sphincter muscles which act as valves to the bladder. Infections of the urinary system may also be a contributory factor. can occur following pregnancy and a condition known as stress incontinence defines the loss of urine with increased intra-abdominal pressure, such as coughing and sneezing, in association with a weakened bladder valve.

Incontinence is associated with the weakening of muscles that act as valves; treatment is aimed at strengthening these muscles through exercise, naturopathic medicines and, if other measures fail, surgery. Certain drugs can be used to relax the bladder muscle-wall contraction and thereby reduce the pressure but this is making no attempt at curing the underlying weakness, is temporary at best and more often than not is pointless.

Incontinence – an inability to hold the urine -may be created by urethra or bladder infections and is temporary. Malalignment of the lumbar or sacral vertebrae may put pressure on the central nervous system and the part that controls the bladder and its valves.

Incontinence needs to be differentiated from urgency. In urgency there is a need and sometimes uncontrolled desire to pass urine, which may lead to incontinence. This can occur because of a problem with the bladder muscle but is more commonly found with mild inflammations following intercourse or with infections of the urethra or bladder.

Take a first morning urine sample to your GP or laboratory to ensure that there is no infection and that therefore the problem is temporary.

Consult a yoga practitioner for specific pelvic floor exercises.

Homeopathic remedies have been cited in the past as being helpful in incontinence although in my experience remedies by themselves have not been effective. The choice should be made by a qualified homeopath, who would need to consider the constitution in association with the symptoms.

Avoid drinking large amounts of water or fluid at any one time and get into the habit of passing urine regularly, regardless of any urgency.

External pads are a social and hygienic requirement. Ensure the use of a Calendula-based cream and unmedicated talcum powder to protect the surrounding skin from irritation.

Hypnotherapy and biofeedback techniques can affect mental control over the external pelvic muscles that control urine release.

Acupuncture may be of benefit.

Osteopathic techniques may relieve the problem if a neurological cause is suspected. Osteopathy is particularly effective during pregnancy.