It’s estimated that up to 33 percent of adults experience some sort of incontinence. And by “some sort of incontinence,” we’re referring to the various degrees that it affects people. For example, temporary incontinence is one type, as it’s characterized by involuntary urine leakage that isn’t long-lasting. Temporary incontinence, while not exclusive, often occurs with women following a pregnancy, or with men following prostate surgery, as the pelvic floor muscles are weakened.
Temporary incontinence usually goes away with just a few minor lifestyle changes and adjustments (if not time to heal) – but there’s always the chance of such re-occurring. Here’s a look at some tips and tricks to prevent incontinence from returning after you’ve kicked it:
Ways to Prevent Incontinence from Returning
- Maintain a healthy weight: Incontinence is more common in people who are overweight or obese, due to the fact that this excess weight puts additional stress on the bladder, often leading to unwanted urinary leakage. So maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a healthy weight can help keep incontinence away.
- Strengthen pelvic muscles: The likes of pregnancy and prostate surgery take their toll on the body, often weakening the pelvic floor muscles to the point where incontinence is common. So in order to kick issues, people are advised to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles through Kegel exercises. These are simple to do and not time consuming. And simply working them out from time to time following incontinence issues can ensure their strength long-term.
- Eat/drink right: A big part of living free of incontinence symptoms is simply eating and drinking correctly. For instance, alcohol can lead to dehydration and also send mixed signals from the brain about when you need to go. Caffeine can stimulate the bladder. Furthermore, foods that are acidic and spicy can lead to bladder irritation. After you experience incontinence once, there’s always the chance that symptoms could creep back up. Simply making adjustments to your diet can be the answer.
- Fend off underlying symptoms: If incontinence has crept back into your lifestyle, take a look at any other symptoms that you’re experiencing. This is important as incontinence has also been linked to lower back pain. So if your incontinence has returned, think about if it could be occurring because of another condition.
- Drink plenty of water: This may seem counterintuitive since liquids make you, well, go, but drinking lots of water helps to cleanse your system of the irritants that could lead to urinary incontinence. Conversely, drinking too little water can lead to dehydration, which can complicate symptoms.
If you kick incontinence once, you don’t want it to return. Unfortunately, that’s not always reality, but there are a number of things you can do to help ensure it stays away.