Incontinence, the inability to control excretory functions, is a common
problem. In fact, the National Institutes of Health estimates that
13 million adults suffer from urinary incontinence.
It is not just a symptom of age or infirmity. The muscles in the bladder
and urethra may become weak due to childbirth resulting in accidental
wetting when one coughs or laughs. Loss of hormones during menopause
could also help to weaken the urinary system. Other causes include
damage to bladder nerves due to disease, urinary tract infection,
or a blockage in the urethra, a rarity in women.
The condition, also referred to as overactive bladder, is characterized
by a sudden urge to urinate because of muscle contractions around
the bladder, which may lead to involuntary leakage. Usually urinary
frequency is more than normal, perhaps as much as eight to ten
times in a 24-hour period. Incontinence also may interrupt sleep
patterns, as you wake up several times a night to pass urine.
Because of the personal nature of this condition, many people
are reluctant to discuss it with their doctors. For those who
do, their doctors prescribe anticholinergic medications, which are
often accompanied by side effects, or surgery is recommended. These therapies
should not be the first line of defense.
Specific exercises to strengthen the muscles around the bladder
and urethra can help control leakage. Biofeedback is also
used to help control the muscles. Along with building up the muscles,
there are natural herbs that have been shown to help maintain healthy
urinary bladder function.
Life Extension offers a natural herbal product that is designed
to support healthy urinary tract function.* The 20 standardized
herbs contained in BetterWOMAN® have
been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to address
the multiple mechanisms necessary for proper bladder function and
control. This formula is a holistic approach to help create the optimal
function of the urinary tract and muscles.*
These Chinese herbs are standardized to provide a consistent
formula. BetterWOMAN® helps promote the health and function of the urinary bladder.