Incontinence and other bladder issues; urinary tract and yeast infections—these conditions may be embarrassing, but they are very common. The good news is, there are natural therapies that can help prevent and treat these (predominantly) women’s health problems that are scientifically-proven and far safer than conventional solutions.
Overactive Bladder and Incontinence Treatments
Overactive bladder and incontinence (a sudden urge to urinate or urinary leakage) can affect women of all ages, but older women are more likely to experience these conditions. There are several natural therapies that have been shown to be effective for preventing and treating incontinence and overactive bladder, the most widely known is probably Kegel exercises.
But there is another incontinence treatment that I want to tell you about: a proprietary combination of soy isoflavones and pumpkin seed extract called Go-Less®. Together, these ingredients support hormonal balance that in turn strengthens bladder and pelvic muscles (to help stop leakage) and also relax these muscles to help promote more effective emptying of the bladder (to reduce urinary urges and frequency).
In fact, studies have shown that Go-Less® can reduce the number of trips to the bathroom—by 40 percent during the night and 16 percent during the day—and improve urinary leakage by up to 80 percent. Go-Less® not only has urinary benefits for women, but provides similar benefits for men, which is why I also recommend it for prostate support. The suggested daily dosage is 600 mg.
Prevention and Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections…
Regular consumption of cranberry juice is a time-honored way to prevent and treat urinary tract infections in susceptible women. Cranberries contain compounds that prevent E. coli and other bacteria and contaminants from sticking to bladder walls and setting up residence in your urinary tract. Regular cranberry juice is full of sugar, so I recommend the unsweetened varieties. They are very tart, but you can sweeten them with natural sweeteners such as stevia or xylitol.
Another option is cranberry extract supplements. While there are many cranberry extracts on the market, I recommend Cran-Max®. This unique extract contains all the vital parts of the cranberry: skin, seeds, pulp, juice, and fiber, and utilizes a patented delivery system (Bio-Shield® Technology) to ensure survival through the digestive system so it makes it to where it is needed most. The recommended daily dosage is 500 mg.
…and Yeast Infections
Most women get a vaginal infection at one time or another, and for some of them, these itchy, uncomfortable outbreaks are a chronic occurrence. Because the primary cause is overgrowth of Candida albicans, treatment with over-the-counter or prescription antifungal drugs and vaginal preparations is pretty effective. However, there are some safe, inexpensive natural yeast infection treatments that may work even better.
Boric acid has been shown to be more effective than antifungals in clearing up yeast infections. The usual dose is 600 mg applied vaginally every day for up to two weeks. It requires a prescription and must be filled at a compounding pharmacy.
Another product patients have good results with is Vitanica’s Yeast Arrest. Use one suppository morning and evening. Tri-Quench’s SSKI, a liquid iodine preparation, also relieves vaginal infections. Mix 20–30 drops in water and use as a douche daily for 5–10 days, or until symptoms disappear. For prevention, especially during and after a course of antibiotics, take probiotics.
Now it’s your turn: Are there any other natural treatments for these conditions that have worked for you?