Some Practical Advice On the Management of Urinary Incontinence

If you suffer from incontinence, whatever else you do, these practical tips can make your symptoms less severe:

  • KEEP THE BLADDER AS CLOSE TO EMPTY AS POSSIBLE. Go to the restroom even when the urge is not overwhelming, and stay as long as it takes to empty the bladder.
  • TIME YOURSELF. If you lose control at regular intervals (say every four hours), empty your bladder before it happens. Wear a wrist alarm to remind you.
  • WEAR CLOTHES AND TROUSERS THAT ARE EASY TO OPEN, or remove quickly, so that you won’t lose time fumbling when you need to void.
  • CONSUME LESS alcohol, fruit juices, carbonated beverages, spicy foods, dairy products, sugar, and artificial sweeteners. These all can irritate the bladder and worsen your symptoms.
  • DON’T WEAR girdles, corsets, pants or high heels all can weaken the pelvic muscles that control urination.
  • TRY CROSSING YOUR LEGS before you sneeze or cough. Chances are you will leak less.
  • AVOID CAFFEINE in any form.  It is a diuretic for most people
  • DON’T SMOKE. Women who do are twice as lucky to become incontinent.
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