Urinary incontinence can occur in three forms (stress, urge, and overflow) and affects more than 13 million Americans each year. While often time incontinence is more common in older individuals, urinary leakage can affect male and female adults of any age. Being a symptom of an underlying issue or medical condition, it is important to consult with your physician to find the best solution for you. However, there are some home remedies that can minimize or prevent leakage:
- Set a schedule. Determining pre-set times to visit the bathroom will help train your bladder to release at specific time periods. This will help to lessen the chance of accidents, and work to strengthen your bladder’s muscle memory, reducing future incontinence symptoms.
- Keep a diary. Writing in a bladder journal can help track symptoms and occurrences, allowing your doctor to have more insight into your specific patterns. This type of insight will lead to a more effective and personalized treatment plan.
- Moderate your fluid intake. It may seem obvious, but drinking too much can cause higher levels of leakage. But don’t drink too little, either. Limiting liquids will cause dehydration, which is not beneficial to your health. Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, tea, and carbonated beverages will reduce the chances of urinary incontinence.
- Lifestyle changes. Certain exercises, such as kegels, can often improve muscle tone and strengthen the pelvic area. This is an especially useful exercise for women suffering from stress incontinence, but it can also be used to reduce urge incontinence. Other times, weight management or dietary changes can help reduce leakage. Consult with your doctor about what option may work best personally.
- Wear protective garments. Advances in absorbent technology and incontinence undergarments have led to discreet but effective protective solutions. Both incontinence briefs and incontinence panties offer men and women a stylish option that defends against potential leakage and lets individuals enjoy a normal, stress-free life.