Urinary incontinence, particularly stress incontinence (sneezing, lifting, laughing causes leakage of urine) is something that affects vast numbers of women worldwide.

A new solution for this problem is now being offered – a facial filler-like gel could provide an alternative to surgery. Plus we look at ways to control fecal incontinence.

New solution for urinary incontinence

Childbirth, menopause, structural abnormalities and aging can all cause women to have urinary incontinence to some extent. Mild problems can be addressed by doing Kegel’s or pelvic floor exercises. Severe cases may need surgery. However now a gel like substance, rather like the stuff used for dermal fillers may be a non-surgical solution to this problem.

This new injection called Deflux is now being offered as an alternative to the commonly used mesh tape implants that are surgically inserted to resolve the problem of incontinence.

The injection or filler is inserted into the walls of the urethra to bulk up the walls and provide a thickening effect. Presumably this would help prevent leakage of the urine.

The procedure has to be repeated a couple of times thereafter. There is a 70% success rate for this procedure. Women who have undergone the procedure report to enjoying lasting and effective relief from the incontinence issue.

Tips for fecal incontinence

Fecal incontinence is far less common than urinary incontinence and happens more often when stools are loose and watery.

It is important to identify the foods and other triggers responsible for this. Greasy foods, spicy foods, cured meats, dairy products, alcohol, caffeine and certain fruit could cause watery stools.

Artificial sweeteners could also be responsible. The problem can be resolved by adding fiber to the diet – this helps absorb water and bulks up or thickens the stool.

If the fecal incontinence is persistent, ask the doctor for medications to help control it. Meanwhile try to find out in the incontinence is due to any medications that you may be on currently.

The alternative therapy of biofeedback could also be useful in controlling the problem as well, some experts recommend. One’s ability to recognize the presence of stool in the bowel is improved so one can go to the bathroom in time. Also biofeedback can help to do exercises to strengthen the anal sphincter and pelvic floor to help reduce incontinence.

Another rule to adopt is never to hold it in –  when the urge is felt, go to the bathroom immediately. This will also help to prevent incontinence.