Special to the E-T

Special to the E-T

Women are continually seeking ways to look and feel younger. In fact, anti-aging products are a billion-dollar industry. While age spot and wrinkle treatments do have merit, some women may fail to address the anti-aging issues for their bladder incontinence.

Women and even health professionals are not aware of how common a problem urinary incontinence can be. Women of all ages experience incontinence, ranging from slight leakage to larger accidents, due to a variety of reasons. These include side effects from medications, childbirth, surgery such as a hysterectomy, or the normal progress of aging.

Research by National Family Opinion in August 2001 suggests that involuntary urine loss affects at least 16 million American women, and the incidence increases dramatically as women age. There are three major types of bladder control issues: (1) leakage of small amounts of urine while you sneeze, cough or exercise; (2) leakage of large amounts of urine while you feel a sudden urge to urinate; and (3) frequent urination. Many women have mixed types of bladder control issues. These issues mostly happen to menopausal and post-menopausal women, but they can also occur in younger women after multiple childbirths. Hormone changes and the birthing process may weaken the tone and strength of the muscle systems that control the bladder functions.

For some, the condition doesn’t seem like a big problem. It’s just a “natural sign of aging,” what happens when “I laugh too hard,” or it’s just because “I have a small bladder.” But for many, urinary incontinence can be a debilitating condition, one that leaves them embarrassed or at the most extreme, homebound. As one may imagine, this can have impact on the quality of life beyond just some annoyance. It can cause sleep deprivation from rising to visit the bathroom frequently at night, impact employment, impact intimacy, limit active lifestyles, or lead to depression. In fact, 50 percent of women have to live in a nursing home because of incontinence.

Jennifer’s story is one of the typical cases told by women in their 50s to 60s:

“I am 59. My bladder started to bother me about 5 years ago. In the morning, when I drink a cup of coffee, I have to use the bathroom every 15 minutes afterward. At night, this problem disturbs my rest — I need to get up four or five times. I know every bathroom location in my neighborhood. You can bet I avoid long car trips at all costs. I waited and wished the problem could go away. But the reality is it is getting worse every year.”

In seeking a solution and preferring to steer clear of prescription drugs or more invasive treatments like potential surgery, Jennifer discovered the Health and Healing Newsletter from Julian Whitaker, M.D, recommending BetterWOMAN, a proprietary formula made of 20 natural Chinese herbs. It is the first clinically tested natural supplement shown effective in improving female bladder control. In a recent study of forty-five American women, aged 34 to 74, the majority of women reported noticeable improvements after just 3 bottles (2 months) of BetterWOMAN. Some women even started to notice improvements within 10 days.

“I have been taking BetterWOMAN six months now. I sleep much, much better. I no longer worry when I sneeze or laugh. Plus, I can get out and play tennis again. I’m full of energy and feel I am 10 years younger! Really, BetterWOMAN is worth every penny to me,” says Jennifer.

BetterWOMAN naturally improves blood circulation, promotes hormone balance and modulates neuromuscular functions, based on Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. It rejuvenates the tone and strength of muscle systems that control the bladder functions. The stronger the muscles, the better the bladder control. While there are no known side effects or medication interaction factors, pregnant or breastfeeding women should check with their doctor before beginning treatment.

What Else Can I Do to Manage Incontinence?

In addition to supplementation, there are other lifestyle changes a woman can make to improve urinary health and comfort:

Take action right now: Bladder problems usually do not go away on their own or by waiting. So begin working on the problem at the first signs. Behavioral modifications: These may include Kegels, which are exercises designed to strengthen the pelvic floor; and other techniques such as bladder retraining, a behavioral technique that involves scheduling bathroom visits and gradually increasing the time between urination. Biofeedback techniques, which help you identify and control the correct muscles around the bladder opening, can also be effective. Dietary changes: Some foods and beverages can be harder on the bladder than others. Citrus fruits, carbonated beverages and coffee are some of the more common offenders. A doctor may be able to suggest changes to your diet to improve health. Exercise: A sedentary lifestyle may contribute to incontinence. Regular exercise can improve urinary and overall health. Hygiene: If you do need to use absorbent pads, change them frequently to prevent skin irritation or urinary infections.

Are There Other Anti-Aging Effects?

Urinary incontinence is one of the common side effects of aging but there are some other conditions that can also be helped by making lifestyle changes and supplementing with BetterWOMAN. Typically, as women grow older, they notice a decrease in energy levels, sexual libido and vaginal lubrication. Too often, as in the case of urinary incontinence, women accept these side effects as natural and something they’ll need to adapt to and live with. However, long-term users of BetterWOMAN have reported benefits in addition to increased bladder control, including improvement in energy levels along with an increased sexual libido and vaginal lubrication. Carol, a pharmacist in Boston, happily found that after she added BetterWOMAN as her daily vitamin regimen, her pap test results showed her vaginal health was much better than in previous years. It seems that the supplements contribute to an overall healthy living plan which means some women also experience relief from the annoying symptoms of menopause. These benefits can be some of the best anti-aging effects that can make a woman feel 10 to 20 year younger.

For more information on the natural ways to manage incontinence and the benefits of BetterWOMAN toward general women’s health, visit www.BetterWOMANnow.com. Or call toll free 888-686-2698.