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8 Ways to Leak No More

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8 Ways to not leak anymore from bladder incontenenceWhat can I do to prevent embarrassing bladder leakage for my urinary incontinence?

Urine leakage can be very embarrassing and humiliating, regardless of why it happens. Being able to have control over your bladder and leakage can greatly improve your quality of life and peace of mind.

If you have either urge or stress incontinence, you may find you experience some embarrassing bladder leakage. Urge incontinence prevents you from being able to hold urine or you may make you feel the need to urinate frequently (overactive bladder). Stress incontinence can cause leaks with movement, such as when you sneeze, cough, lift, or jump.

If you are dealing with leaking bladder issues, below are 8 tips you can try to help improve your bladder control. Some of them require long term commitments, but others can bring instant relief.

1. Do your kegels.

Kegel exercises are one way to strengthen your pelvic floor. They can be done indiscreetly throughout the day. After emptying your bladder, contract your pelvic floor muscles and hold for a few seconds. Your goal should be holding ten repetitions for about ten seconds each, three times per day. The exercises will help strengthen the muscles supporting your bladder and help prevent leaking.

2. Lose weight.

Being overweight can contribute to bladder leakage. If you are not within a healthy weight range for your height and age, work with your doctor to develop a diet and exercise plan to help you lose weight in a healthy manner. Avoid fad or crash diets, and instead make permanent, better choices for better health.

3. Watch your diet and liquid intake.

Certain foods and drinks can increase overactive bladder issues contributing to bladder leakage. Drinking too much can also be a problem. To prevent leakage due to an overactive bladder, try to avoid caffeine, including chocolate; acidic food and drinks; spicy foods; alcohol; artificial sweeteners; carbonation; salty snacks; and fruit juices. You can keep a food diary to keep track of foods most problematic for you. You should also drink smaller amounts throughout the day rather than gulping large quantities of liquid in a short period of time.

4. Empty your bladder.

Keeping your bladder empty can help minimize leaks. Creating a bathroom schedule can remind you to empty your bladder on a regular basis as well as work to train your bladder to go longer periods of time between bathroom visits.

5. Train your bladder.

Besides creating a bathroom schedule to help train your bladder, you can also use biofeedback to help treat incontinence. The therapy helps you learn to strengthen and control pelvic floor muscles by using electrodes or sensors to help you identify the muscles needed to control bladder function. Once you know which muscles to target, you can do pelvic floor exercises to strengthen them.

6. Wear a device.

There are various devices you can wear to either support the bladder or prevent leakage. Tampons can provide a temporary help for trapping urine, or a newer device similar to a tampon, Poise Impressa, can stop leaks by putting pressure on the urethra. Another option is wearing a pessary to support the bladder and thus prevent bladder leakage.

7. Consider medications.

There are a wide variety of pharmaceutical products you can consider for bladder leakage issues. There are pills, injections, creams, and more to treat overactive bladder issues and thus bladder leakage. Some can be taken or used on a regular basis, while others can be used when you are traveling and want to minimize accidents away from home. Which you choose will depend on your needs, overall health, and possible side effects.

8. Use estrogen therapy.

No or low estrogen during menopause causes changes in the urinary tract system resulting in bladder leakage issues. Estrogen therapy choices come in a variety of hormone delivery systems, including orally and vaginally. Vaginal estrogen therapy can provide a lower dose of estrogen helping the urinary tract and vaginal tissues be more healthy, relieving incontinence symptoms which may have occurred due to weaker and less elastic tissues.

Keeping a symptom diary can help you and your doctor know which type of urinary incontinence you have so you can know better how to treat it. It can also help you monitor treatment to see how effective each one is for you.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-09-2015 - 08:49 PM


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