Help For Urinary Incontinence

Too often, urinary incontinence sufferers settle for wearing an adult diaper to cover up their urine problems. But for the one in six Americans who endure urinary incontinence, there are natural solutions to this troublesome difficulty.

The Incontinence Dilemma

While doing some research recently, I came across this statement in a mainstream health publication: “Incontinence is a problem that affects millions of people all over the world. In recent times, the adult diaper has emerged as one of the best solutions to this problem. This is a far better solution than many traditional remedies, such as a catheter or frequent clothing changes.”

While using an adult diaper can help save you from an embarrassing situation, wearing one does not solve the problem of urinary incontinence.

Some studies show that as many as one in three women over age 60 experience urinary incontinence. It stems from weakened muscles caused by childbirth, hormonal imbalances resulting from menopause and loss of muscle tone due to aging. For men, incontinence can be traced to prostate problems, low levels of testosterone and aging.

In the United States, as many as one in six suffer from incontinence. Those experiencing it suffer from an overactive bladder that can chain them to the bathroom or give them the unexpected surprise of a sudden wetting episode that occurs while laughing, exercising, coughing or sneezing. It’s certainly not pleasant, and wearing an adult diaper is not a solution.

Widespread Annoyance

Urinary incontinence falls into four categories:

  1. Stress incontinence: Mostly affects women after childbirth or menopause, but occasionally men who have had prostate surgery. It manifests as a leak of urine when you exercise, laugh, cough, sneeze or lift a heavy object.
  2. Urge incontinence: Affects people over age 60. This is what you have if you experience sudden, involuntary contractions that make you feel the need to urinate even if you just left the bathroom.
  3. Mixed incontinence: This combination of a leaky bladder and the urge to urinate primarily affects women.
  4. Overflow incontinence: A rarer form of incontinence that occurs if the bladder becomes too full due to an inability to completely empty it. This can affect a man with an enlarged prostate or someone who has suffered an injury, blockage or infection.

Pumpkin Patch

American Indians used pumpkin seeds to treat their urinary problems. But science has done them one better by creating a special blend of pumpkin seed extract that can help eliminate bladder problems. It’s called EFLA® 940 and it contains a complete spectrum of specialized pumpkin seed extract to give you the best nutrients from the whole seed.

Soy isoflavones are natural plant estrogens called phytoestrogens that can help the body naturally rebalance estrogen levels.

Researchers have found that a combination of pumpkin seed extract and soy isoflavones can inhibit the aromatase enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen. Testosterone helps to maintain the strength of the pelvic floor muscles that help to hold urine. Plus, testosterone helps you relax those muscles allowing for complete emptying of the bladder.

By inhibiting the aromatase enzyme, your body has more available testosterone. This is key to maintaining the muscle tone of the urinary tract and ensuring complete voiding of the bladder.

Many natural supplement manufacturers sell products containing EFLA® 940. Look for it at health food stores and online.

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Bob Livingston

By Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston has been writing most of his adult life on matters of health, nutritional supplements, natural alternatives and social importance.