Urinary incontinence in women are usually caused by weakened or damaged supporting pelvic muscles and tissues, often associated with risk factors such as advancing age, pregnancy, and vaginal childbirth, health experts say. In addition to standard treatment options including healthy changes in voiding habits, drug therapy, or removable devices, the risk of mild urine leakage may also be reduced by restoring bladder strength through physical therapy, including these three yoga exercises.

Mula Bandha. Root Lock, better known as “mula bandha” in Sanskrit, refers to the binding or locking of the muscles of the perineum, a triangular area situated between the tailbone and female reproductive organs, according to yoga experts. Several studies have also shown that women with leaky bladders, who regularly practiced mula bandha and other similar pelvic floor contraction exercises such as Kegel exercises, have demonstrated improvements in their urinary incontinence.

Horse Pose. The horse pose, also known as “vatayanasana”, is an intermediate level, standing pose. While it requires a certain degree of hip flexibility, the horse pose has been reported to yield strengthening effects not only to the pelvic floor or bladder, but also to various parts of the body including the spine, waist, knees, calves and ankles. Yoga instructors say that attaining this pose may be difficult and may require beginners to execute easier, preparatory poses. To ensure safety, consult your doctor and ascertain the supervision of an experienced instructor prior to attempting this pose.

Boat Pose. The boat pose, the referred to as “navasana,” is not only an excellent yoga pose for engaging and toning abdominal muscles. Alongside breathing exercises incorporated in mula bandha, the boat pose may also help boost pelvic muscle strength and improve bladder health as it did before incurring damage from childbirth and ageing, according to health experts. Attaining this pose may not be easy for beginners, but may get less challenging and easier to execute with constant practice.

It is imperative that women who may be contemplating on practicing these yoga poses obtain their doctor’s consent, as well as perform them in the presence of a knowledgeable yoga instructor for proper guidance and to avoid unnecessary health problems, health experts say. On the other hand, women whose symptoms of urinary incontinence, particularly urine leaks prompted by physical activities or stress urinary incontinence (SUI), may have failed to respond to standard, or even alternative treatments, may be asked to undergo surgery involving the use of mesh slings whenever deemed necessary.

While surgical sling procedures are performed in the interest of achieving the best possible outcome for patients, the increasing number of adverse event reports as has been received by the United States Food and Drug Administration, and previous bladder repair sling device recalls conducted by some manufacturers put the safety and effectiveness of these products on a different light. Women are encouraged to thoroughly discuss the benefits and risks associated with these medical devices, as well as ask their surgeons about all possible treatment options prior to undergoing surgery.

Surgical mesh slings have been associated with a string of inadvertent effects, including infections, bleeding, and severe pelvic or vaginal pain, in a number of women at some point after surgery.  See the Bladder Sling Recall Center at bladderslingrecall.us for added information about the potential health risks linked to bladder sling implants.

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