Difficult to Hold Urination After Childbirth? Here's How To Overcome It

Some pregnant women find it difficult to control urination. These complaints can even continue until after delivery. Did you experience it too? If yes, yUK, see the following article to find out how to solve it

Complaints of difficulty holding back urination can be experienced by women after giving birth. In fact, there are some of them who wet the bed or feel the urine seep as soon as the bladder feels full. In medical terms, this condition is referred to as postpartum incontinence.


Causes of Difficulty Holding On to Urination After Childbirth

The following are some of the things that can cause you to have difficulty holding your pee after giving birth:

  • Weakening of the pelvic floor muscles after you give birth.
  • Damage to the nerves that control the passage of urine.
  • Damage or disorders of the urinary tract and bladder during pregnancy.
  • Episiotomy or incision in the perineum (the part between the vagina and anus) during delivery to widen the birth canal.

In addition, there are several things that can increase your risk of experiencing postpartum incontinence, namely:

  • Have excess weight.
  • Give birth to twins.
  • Give birth to a large baby.
  • Give birth to two or more children normally.
  • The labor process is long, so it needs to be assisted with forceps or a vacuum.
  • Frequent straining, for example due to constipation.
  • Often smokes.

If you experience this condition, there is no need to worry too much. Generally, postpartum incontinence will subside on its own within a few weeks to a year after giving birth.

Here's How to Overcome Difficulty Holding Urination Postpartum

When do you need to see a doctor? The answer is if this complaint is very disturbing, for example, until you need to use a diaper everyday or have difficulty carrying out activities because you often wet the bed.

To overcome these complaints, doctors will usually suggest the following handling steps:

1. Kegel Exercises

This exercise to increase the elasticity and strength of the pelvic floor muscles can be done lying down or sitting. If lying down, you can lie down with your legs apart and your knees bent.

How to do it, tighten the muscles around the vagina and urinary tract like when you hold your pee. Hold for a few seconds, then release. Do Kegel exercises regularly every day, several times a day.

2. Electrical stimulation therapy

In this treatment method, the doctor will apply low-power electricity to your pelvic floor muscles, so that these muscles contract like when doing Kegel exercises. This can help tighten the pelvic floor muscles, so you will have a stronger hold on urinating.

3. The pessary ring

A pessary can also be used to relieve postpartum incontinence. This small ring-shaped device made of silicone acts to slow the release of urine from the urinary tract.

4. Collagen injections

This injection acts to strengthen the tissue around the bladder. However, this procedure is not recommended for young women who still want to have children.

5. Operation

Surgery can be performed if other treatment methods fail to overcome complaints of difficulty holding urine. With surgery, the doctor will attach an assistive device or inject medication into the urinary tract and pelvic floor muscles. The goal is to increase the strength of the pelvic muscles so that they can hold pee.

For optimal treatment results, you must also change your lifestyle to be healthier, such as reducing caffeine consumption, not smoking and staying away from cigarette smoke, not consuming alcohol, and limiting spicy foods and soft drinks. In addition, maintain an ideal body weight, so that the pelvic floor muscles do not weaken.

By living a healthy life and following the advice of a doctor, generally postpartum incontinence will recover quickly, so you can return to activities without fear of not being able to control urination. Come on, Bun, keep the spirit of caring for your little one even though the body still needs to adapt to changes after giving birth.