Dr. Taz MD’s Weekly Q&A, December 9th, 2013

Q: I have exercise induced – stress incontinence. At the age of 56 and 4 natural childbirths I find it is progressing. My GYN doctor does not think that I am a candidate for surgery. I am not on hormone replacement therapy. I am a vegetarian and exercise almost daily. Are there any holistic things that I could try? The doctor suggested trying In Tone although she doesn’t have any specific experience with it.

A: Stress incontinence can be the result of your childbirths or an overactive bladder.  Often, the drop in hormones, specifically progesterone, causes decreased bladder tone, resulting in incontinence.  Physical therapy targeting the pelvic floor muscles may help improve stress incontinence.  The In Tone system may help.  There are some promising results with acupuncture as well.