10 Ways to Stop Urinary Leaks
If you are one of the millions of adults suffering from urinary incontinence, you know how stressful this condition can be. Urinary leaks are incredibly embarrassing. Simply the chance of one happening is enough to cause those who are affected to limit their activities.
If you suffer from urinary incontinence, the first thing to do is visit your physician. Determining the underlying cause of this condition is key to helping you live a happy and healthy life. Incontinence is often a symptom of a larger issue, finding its root cause is critical to your health.
Tips to Help Manage Leakage
In addition to seeing your doctor, there are things you can do to control leakage and improve the quality of your life. Consider these suggestions.
While it seems counterintuitive, staying hydrated, by drinking water throughout the day, will help control leakage. Limiting your water intake, in hopes of preventing leakage, is a bad idea. Too great a reduction in fluid intake can result in bladder shrinkage.
Yes, we did say to drink….but consuming significant amounts of caffeine can increase the likelihood of leakage. Caffeine irritates the bladder. While you know that coffee and tea are caffeinated, beware of other drinks that may contain it as well (like colas and even some sparkling waters). Read the labels!
Losing weight decreases the stress on your bladder. While you should always speak with your physician regarding your ideal weight and the healthiest way to reach it, recognize that weight reduction can help better control your incontinence.
Kegel exercises, designed to strengthen the pelvic floor, can be incredibly valuable in managing urinary leakage. These exercises can be done anywhere, with NO equipment, even at your desk at work. Trust us, nobody will know what you are doing!!
If you smoke, stopping is wise. While it is better for your overall health, eliminating it will reduce the amount you cough and the stress and strain that places on your pelvic muscles.
Regular daily exercise is good for you! That said, if you suffer from incontinence, certain activities put a greater strain on your bladder and the muscles surrounding it. Thus, they should be avoided. Consider participating in lower impact exercises including stretching, yoga, and pilates. Avoid routines that emphasize jogging and jumping. And, focus on strengthening your core.
This is tricky….some.healthy foods can aggravate incontinence. To reduce leakage, avoid foods like citrus fruits and spicy dishes. They can irritate your bladder. While grapefruits and oranges have excellent health benefits, they may not be the best choice if leakage is an issue.
By training your bladder you will be able to increase the amount of time between bathroom visits. This improves its strength. There are several helpful steps helpful to do this including documenting how often you urinate and scheduling your visits to the bathroom.
Constipation can aggravate incontinence. According to the Mayo Clinic, “The rectum is located near the bladder and shares many of the same nerves. Hard, compacted stool in your rectum causes these nerves to be overactive and increase urinary frequency.” If you struggle with constipation, consider adding more fiber to your diet. And, if you do get constipated, treat it quickly.
Lifting heavy objects strains the muscles around your bladder. That said, it is likely impossible to avoid lifting at all times. So, when you must, do it correctly. Bend your knees and contract your pelvic floor muscles as you lift..
Adopting some of the suggestions provided above may help you better manage your incontinence by reducing instances of urinary leakage. That said, you may not be able to alleviate it completely. For those situations, it is always best to carry an emergency change of clothes.
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