Female Urethral Syndrome Treatment
The goal of treatment in urethral syndrome is to relieve the discomfort and urinary frequency. Treatment for urethral syndrome may include behavioral therapy and meditation, Kegel exercises, medication, or surgery. Your doctor may need to try several approaches or combinations of treatments before finding one that is most effective.
Specific treatment for urethral syndrome may include:
- Medication for urethral syndrome:
- Bladder exercises for urethral syndrome:
- Diet therapy for urethral syndrome:
- Reduce the consumption of foods that irritate the bladder.
- Increasing urinary pH may help with symptom
- Behavioral therapy for urethral syndrome:
- Meditation and relaxation for urethral syndrome
- Surgery for urethral syndrome:
- Urethral dilation
- Laser therapy
- Electrical stimulation
Female Urethral Syndrome Bladder Exercises
Kegel exercises can help lessen the symptoms of urethral syndrome. These exercises can suppress the urge to urinate by contracting the muscles that control urination. This gradually increases the time between voiding. The goal is to have at least 2 hours between voiding during the day, and 6-8 hours between voiding at night.
How to perform Kegel exercises:
- Contract your muscles upward and inward while voiding, so that you can stop the flow of urine.
- Hold this position for a count of 6 seconds.
- Release the urine for a count of 6 seconds.
- Repeat the above one more time before emptying your bladder.
Female Urethral Syndrome Diet
With urethral syndrome, avoid foods that irritate the bladder.
Foods that irritate the bladder include:
- Barbecue sauce
- Cocktail sauce
- Corn relish
- Cranberry sauce
- Hot pepper sauce
- Roasted peppers
- Sweet and sour sauce
- Tartar sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- Fruits and fruit juices (acidic)
- Star fruit
- Tomatoes (all varieties)
- Salad dressings
- Bleu cheese
- Honey mustard
- Poppy seed
- Thousand Island
- Gelatin (e.g. Jell-O)
- Spicy crackers
- Spicy nachos
- Spicy potato chips
- Canned or jarred artichokes
Female Urethral Syndrome Drugs
Medications used to treat urethral syndrome include:
- Hormone therapy for urethral syndrome:
- Anesthetics for urethral syndrome:
- Antispasmodic medications that relax the bladder in urethral syndrome:
- Oxybutynin (Ditropan)
- Tizanidine HCL (Zanaflex)
- Flavoxate (Urispas)
- Hyoscyamine (Anaspaz)
- Trospium (Sanctura, Sanctura XR)
- Solifenacin (Vesicare)
- Darifenacin (Enablex)
- Tolterodine tartrate (Detrol)
- Fesoterodine (Toviaz)
- Alpha-blocker drugs for urethral syndrome:
- Terazosin (Hytrin)
- Prazosin (Minipress)
- Doxazosin (Cardura)
- Tamsulosin (Flomax)
- Alfuzosin (Uroxatral)
- Tricyclic antidepressants for urethral syndrome:
- Sedatives for urethral syndrome
Female Urethral Syndrome Specialist
Female Urethral Syndrome Surgery
Surgical procedures for a urethral syndrome may include:
- Urethral dilation:
- Gradually-increasing sizes of metal rods are placed in the urethra, in order to stretch the urethra.
- Useful only in those women who have a narrowed urethra.
- Implantable electrical stimulator:
- Stimulate muscles that control urination, in order to reduce symptoms
- InterSym system
- Laser therapy for urethral syndrome:
- A laser is used to burn inflamed areas of the urethra.
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