Urinary incontinence is an embarrassing condition brought on by a variety of factors: age, disorders in the urinary tract, side effects of medication, etc. It may not be cured immediately, and in some cases, the doctor might advise surgery as well.
However, there are some things you can do to reduce the incidence of urine leakages. You could be contributing to your overactive bladder and its associated problems with some wrong habits. Consider the following lifestyle changes:
Limit your alcohol intake. You might like your drinks every day, but alcohol can make the signs and symptoms of urinary incontinence much worse. In some cases, regular alcohol intake has been linked to greater urination, weakened liver and kidneys, and also flaccidity in the pelvic floor muscles. Unless your doctor clears you for having a glass of wine every day, it is better to stay away from even the smallest percentage of alcohol in your drinks. This includes hard alcohol in whisky and rum, as also alcohol used in cocktails.
Keep away from caffeine and aerated drinks. Though a cup of coffee now and then during the day does no harm, caffeine has been known to have a diuretic effect, i.e. it causes higher amounts of urination. While a large amount of caffeine is present in coffee, it is also found in tea, some painkilling medication, aerated and carbonated soft drinks and energy drinks. Hence, it is better to stay away from these substances till your overactive bladder regains better control.
Practice Kegel exercises. Kegel exercises are designed to strengthen the weakened pelvic floor muscles. They can help both men and women, and are applicable to treat an overactive bladder, loose vaginal muscles and men who have undergone prostate cancer surgery. They can be practiced every day in one’s spare time – while watching TV, while travelling, even while waiting in a restaurant. The best part is, nobody can know you are doing your Kegel exercises.
Use the right incontinence products. Often, the problem of urinary incontinence is too acute to be treated quickly. Sustained treatment and physiotherapy may ease the problem. But in the meantime, one need not confine oneself to the house. It is best to use the right urinary incontinence products so that one may regain one’s active life. The incontinence product can trap the urine inside and prevent it from soiling the undergarments and other clothes. They also mask the odour of urine so that nobody else can become aware of the urine spillage.