Sort of like an oil leak in a car, “incontinence” in and of itself is a symptom of a larger issue in how the urological system is functioning. The underlying cause of incontinence could be any number of things, and there are many forms of incontinence as well.
Presumably, if you’re just now noticing incontinence without any other symptoms, my guess is it has just gotten bad enough that you have started seeking out the reasons for its cause and ways to treat it. Or perhaps your doctor prescribed some drugs. No matter, you should speak with your doctor so he can prescribe treatment options for your specific needs.
That said, here are some straightforward tips you can do to work towards improved urinary function:
1) Urinate right before bed. Be mindful of how much fluid you intake within 2 hours before bed. If you’re going to be in a situation where you can’t use the restroom for awhile, be sure to plan ahead accordingly.
2) Limit intake of diaretics (fluids that increase the need to urinate). This include caffeinated beverages like coffee and soda, sweeteners, alcohol, prune juice, cranberry juice, citrus juices.
3) Increase intake of water – While avoiding the above beverages, water will keep you flushed and healthy.
4) Do kegel exercises to increase the strength of the pelvic floor muscles. This is particularly important after pregnancy
5) Lose some weight – Additional weight puts pressure on your abdomen and bladder. It has been studied and proven that heavy patients who lost weight see far less incontinence episodes.
6) Lower your Fat Intake – It has also been studied and proven that lowering your fat intake, regardless of how many calories you consume, helps to improve continence.
7) Don’t smoke – It’s bad for pretty much everything regarding your health, and this includes your bladder function. Time to quit. 🙂
While nothing replaces medical advice with your doctor/practitioner, these are some things that may help you recover control.
Often, light stress incontinence, the kind common among females and usually happening when walking, running, coughing, sneezing, laughing, or any action that flexes the pelvic muscles, is often due to weakened pelvic floor muscles. Doing Kegel Exercises (flexing these muscles) can help strengthen them
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