A recent study by the United States Centers for Disease Control has found that about half of the older US population deals with incontinence on a regular basis. Therefore, if you’re an adult living with the frustration of incontinence, you’re certainly not alone. Still, this doesn’t change the fact that struggling with incontinence can take away from the activities you love in life, such as spending time with your family.
Don’t let incontinence run your life; keep these simple yet effective tips in mind to better manage your incontinence and live life to the fullest.
Understand the Cause
First of all, realize that there are two main causes of incontinence–both of which require a unique type of treatment. The most common type of incontinence is “stress incontinence,” which means that you may experience bladder leakage when you laugh, sneeze, cough, or partake in heavy physical activity.
“Urge incontinence,” on the other hand, occurs when you get a sudden and strong urge to urinate. Sometimes, the urge may be so strong that you don’t make it to the restroom quickly enough. If you’re not sure what’s causing your incontinence, be sure to see a doctor. Only then can you implement the right treatment plan.
Double-Void Your Bladder
Furthermore, don’t rush yourself while you’re in the bathroom–even when you’re spending time with family. Sure, you want to spend as much time with them as possible, but you certainly don’t want to have an accident, either.
After you’ve successfully urinated once, wait a few moments and relax your muscles. You may find that you get the urge to urinate again. Let it happen. This is known as “double-voiding” and can be a great way to empty your bladder and reduce leakage down the road. Of course, you should still wear a reusable pair of panties or briefs, just to be safe.
Watch What You Drink
Finally, while spending time with family is often a cause for celebration, you’ll want to be careful about what you drink. Throwing back a few beers with your brother or enjoying a can of soda while out to lunch with your family might be tempting, but it could also have negative consequences when it comes to your incontinence.
Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages should be avoided as much as possible. These include:
- wine, beer, and mixed drinks
- caffeinated coffees and teas
- sodas with caffeine
Instead, stick to water or decaf. beverages; your bladder will thank you for it.
For more on how certain beverages can affect your incontinence symptoms, visit our blog on alcohol and incontinence.
Surely, living with incontinence can pose some unique challenges. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to make drastic changes to your lifestyle. By following these simple guidelines, you can best manage your incontinence and enjoy your family time to the fullest. Visit our resource center for more on how you can manage your incontinence symptoms, and reclaim control of your life.