Tips for Coping with Urinary Incontinence

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Urinary incontinence can create a number of issues for sufferers. This condition is marked by lack of bladder control. Patients may feel sudden urges to urinate, accidentally pass urine because of an action like coughing, or may even experience frequent dripping from the bladder.



Because urinary incontinence is a complicated problem, treatment usually combines a number of therapies, including lifestyle changes and pharmaceutical drugs. Even a suffer takes medications for the condition, that alone is not enough to manage the situation. If you suffer from urinary incontinence, here are several tips that will help you cope with the situation:


Develop a Urinating Schedule



Most people urinate when they want to and the need arises. This is usually not an option for those who suffer from bladder problems. Therefore, it’s important to develop a urinating schedule. Those who get frequent urges to urinate or pass urine because of pressure exerted on the bladder, its wise develop a timetable. Doctors recommended urinating between two to four hours during daytime to avoid accidents.


Train the Bladder



Bladder training is highly recommended for people who frequently get the urge to urinate. If you need to pee every hour or so, control the urge. When you get the urge to urinate, control the urge for about 10 minutes and then go to the bathroom. The aim here is to train your bladder and body to delay the breaks between urination. If you practise bladder training starting from five minutes, you will be able to hold off frequent urges to urinate by two to four hours.


Double Void



Urinary incontinence sometimes occurs when sufferers cannot empty the bladder completely. So, if you get the urge to pee soon after going to the bathroom, that’s a problem with emptying the bladder. To avoid this problem, it’s recommended to train yourself to empty your bladder. Once you go to the bathroom, urinate and wait a few minutes and urinate again. Don’t get up until you are confident that you have emptied your bladder.


Control Liquid Consumption



Incontinence can become a really difficult problem especially at night. When you have to urinate all the time, that disrupts sleep. Incontinence can also get in the way of attending classes and meeting that last for hours. So, to alleviate the situation somewhat, you will need to control your liquid consumption. Drink plenty of water about 4 hours before bedtime and then don’t drink anything to reduce night time incontinence. If you have a long meeting, for example, in the evening, control liquid consumptions several hours before.


Avoid Caffeine



Caffeine is a diuretic. It causes the body to produce more urine. When you have incontinence, this can be a serious problem. People who suffer from urinary incontinence are warned off against consuming caffeine. If you do need a cup of coffee, make sure you take it in the morning. Also, do plan bathroom breaks an hour or two after drinking coffee. Do not make coffee drinking a daily habit; that will only exacerbate your condition. Wean yourself off of caffeine and fine another way to stay alert.



Also, frequently exercising and losing excess weight will help alleviate your condition.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1

    Develop a Urinating Schedule

  • Step 2

    Double Void

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