NEW YORK—Marie, a woman in her early 70s, duly took the pills her doctor gave her, hoping they would give her an uninterrupted sleep. They didn’t. For five years, she got up five to six times a night to use the restroom and woke up tired every morning.
Marie is one of the 18 million to 20 million American women who suffer from urinary incontinence, according to estimates from the National Association for Continence (NAFC).
It is difficult for many people to discuss bladder control issues.
About a third of people who have urinary incontinence believe that losing bladder control is just a natural part of aging, and they wait years before seeking treatment, according to the NAFC.
There are two types of urinary incontinence: stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
Stress incontinence happens when the sphincter muscle of the bladder becomes weak. Coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercise, and intimacy can cause stress incontinence urine leaks—leaving many fearful of social engagements. Common causes of stress incontinence include childbirth, poorly-done surgery, injury, and some medications.
Urge incontinence, also known as overactive bladder happens when the muscles of the bladder spasm. The primary symptom of urge incontinence is the sudden need to urinate followed immediately by the involuntary release of urine, both day and night. Infections, strokes, injury to the nervous system, and diseases like Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s are common causes of urge incontinence.
Treatments for both types of urinary incontinence range from simple diet changes—like avoiding spicy foods and citrus, which might irritate the bowels—to doing exercises that train the muscles of the pelvic floor (known as Kegel exercises), to medications, and surgery.
A Natural Solution
After five years of her frequent nightly trips to the bathroom, Marie started drinking Bladder Control Tea for Women, a herbal tea by Bell Lifestyle Products, a North American company specializing in all-natural health products.
The tea worked.
“With this I get up once, and sometimes two [times a night]—it depends what I have had to eat the day before—and that’s it. So I really like it,” Marie said.
Other women who had tried other products and techniques, also found success in the bladder control tea. The recommendation is to drink one large cup of the tea per day initially. Some women find later that drinking it every other day, or once or twice a week is all they need, while some continue to drink it every day.
“[It] changed my life,” Dalia from Florida wrote on Bell’s website. She said the tea worked from the third week. “I would highly recommend it.”
“The [tea] gave me amazing relief,” wrote Alice from Arizona on the website. She had had trouble when she coughed, sneezed, or waited too long to use the restroom, and had begun having leakage during the night.
She told Epoch Times the tea was “wonderful” for her during the couple years she drank it, and only stopped because she lost weight, which resolved her issues.
Diane has been drinking it for over two years on an as-needed basis, and for her it has remained effective, and kept her off all prescription medications. It also helps control her bladder infections.
Many testimonials on the Bell website and reviews on other websites contain exclamations about how fast the tea worked for them—often after three days of drinking it. However, this is not the case for all women. Health is a dynamic state, influenced by so many variables, hence different people respond differently to the same treatment.
Marie almost stopped drinking it after not seeing results. “The first couple months it did not do much and then all of a sudden it just seemed to really take off.”
She makes about 10 cups at a time and keeps them in a jar in the fridge. Her travel tip: Freeze the brewed tea in bottles for easy toting.
The tea is completely natural, with eight herbs, natural citrus flavor, and not a single synthetic ingredient. The herbs are: Cranberry, golden rod, marshmallow root, nettle, parsley, rosehips, uva-ursi, and willow herb.
President of Bell Lifestyle Products, Nick Jerch, said he sells the tea in 80 countries and has on file around 1,000 testimonials from women who had success drinking the tea.
A businessman by trade, Jerch founded Bell Lifestyles after taking a shark cartilage supplement that dramatically improved his health and inspired him to share the benefits with others.
“I don’t need the money from the health care products, I have enough money to make a living on my fishing and hunting supplies. … But this here gives me the greatest satisfaction,” he said.
Jerch is so confident in the products that he offers a full refund, no questions asked, if anyone is not satisfied.
Few customers ask for refunds though. “The refunds amount to less than 1 percent,” he said. “We have been doing it since I started business.”
The best way to buy the tea is from a local shop. According to the Bell Lifestyles store locator, there are around 50 stores in the five boroughs and nearby New Jersey that stock it:
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Urinary Incontinence Facts
Around 25 million adult Americans experience some form of urinary incontinence.
One-third adults ages 30–70 believe that incontinence is a part of aging.
Two-thirds have never discussed bladder health with their doctor.
On average, women wait 6.5 years from their first symptoms to get a diagnosis.
Men are less likely to be diagnosed than women.