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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Post-Partum Incontinence

There's nothing more amazing and wonderful than welcoming a new life into the world. But for some women, bringing home baby also means bringing home a problem: urinary incontinence. You laugh, cough, or sneeze and have to run to the bathroom. Many women think they just have to live with it, but doctors at Mayo Clinic say there are procedures available to help get new moms back in control.

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Here we go. One, two, three...

To little Jake and Connor Klingele, a game of catch with their mom Tami is the best

"I'll get it!!"

But for Tami, this precious time with the twins didn't used to be all that fun. Every time she ran or lunged for the ball, she had a little accident. She leaked urine.

"Just this little bit that I'm doing would have caused a bit of a problem."

Like many women, Tami had incontinence problems after giving birth. Dr. Christopher Klingele, who happens to be Tami's husband, says,

"Some women, and we don't know which women, will have problems with the pelvic floor."

Those pelvic floor problems include stretched out and weakened muscles and prolapse.

"Where the bladder and the uterus start to fall down or out."

So what can women do? Tami asked her doctor husband.

"He told me, oh yeah, that's not normal. You can have that fixed."

First off, Dr. Klingele recommends Kegel exercises to help strengthen pelvic muscles. Ask your doctor how to do them properly. Also, medications may help, but for some women, like Tami, Dr. Klingele recommends surgery. She had what's called a sling procedure. A doctor uses a synthetic fiber that looks like a hammock to support the bladder. The sling prevents urinary leakage related to physical activity.

"I wouldn't say I'm 100%, but I'm 99% better. I can run with the kids and chase them around."

Now the worry is gone and Tami can enjoy her time with Jake and Connor. The sling procedure that Tami had is one of several surgical options available to women. For more information about these options, log onto http://www.medicaledge.org/2005january-5.html

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