Urinary incontinence can occur at any age but is most often encountered by people as they get older and women who are pregnant or have just given birth.
There are two types of urinary incontinence; stress incontinence, which happens when you cough, sneeze, laugh or perform any physical exertion that increases abdominal pressure putting force on the bladder, and urge incontinence which happens when you suddenly get the urge to urinate and can’t make it to the bathroom in time.
Dealing with incontinence does not have to be stressful or difficult, and there are some things you can do that will make a big difference in your daily life!
Keep a Schedule and Routine
Try eliminating water waste every 2 hours, whether you have to go or not. If your bladder is empty, you will be less likely to experience leaking and urgency. Make it a point to go to the bathroom before leaving the house and after drinking liquids. Don’t drink anything at least 4 hours before bedtime, and pee before bed.
Take Your Time
Don’t feel like you have to rush your bathroom time. If you think you are done, wait it out for a bit and take a moment to relax. It may sound unnecessary, but there is value in this!
Perform Kegel Exercises
Kegel exercises are simple, easy to do, and effective if you are a woman with only mild incontinence. To do them properly, all you have to do is contract the muscles on the pelvic floor. Try stopping your urine flow if you need clarification on where these muscles are located. Kegels are great because you can do them anywhere – in the car, watching TV, reading, etc. Clench the muscles and hold for 3 seconds, then relax for 3 seconds. Do ten repetitions at a time. Don’t do these while urinating, or you might weaken your muscles.
Intake Less Caffeine
Caffeine is a diuretic, so drinking too much coffee, caffeinated tea, or cola will make you have to go. So cut back on your intake of caffeine. Stick to beverages that are easy for the body to digest, like water and caffeine-free tea.
Be Aware of Diuretic Medications
Some medications cause urination and are diuretics. Know which ones might affect your urinary incontinence and speak with your doctor about them. If you must take them, stay near a bathroom for about an hour after taking them. Also, ask your doctor if a medication, especially for urinary incontinence, could benefit you.
Use Incontinence Supplies
Don’t be afraid to use the products available to you. BEK Medical has a wide range of items that are ideal for those with incontinence issues. You can invest in helpful products like pads and wipes, full pull-ups, and creams.
You don’t have to allow your urinary incontinence to rule your life. Using some of these methods can assist you in coping and making each day the best it can be!