Dealing With Urinary Leakage

Incontinence in Women

Have you ever been in a situation where someone is cracking jokes and you engage in rib cracking laughter, or when you sneeze and some droplets of urine leak into your pantie? Yea, we all find ourselves in that situation sometimes. Medical experts refer to it as Urinary Incontinence. It could be in women or men regardless of age. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 13 million Americans have incontinence at least once in the past year.

Reports have it that the rates of urinary incontinence increase with age and the percentile varies according to age group, 20% -30% in young women, 30%-40% in middle aged group and up to 50% in older women. Incontinence occurs sometimes after child birth, high impact sport, when going into menopause or simply due to aging

There are four types of Urinary Incontinence namely Urge incontinence also known as overactive bladder, Stress Incontinence (occurs when you cough, laugh or sneeze),Mixed incontinence ( combination of Urge and Stress) and Overflow Incontinence (When you have urge to urinate but find it difficult to empty your bladder when you get to the bathroom).

Whatever situation you find yourself, here are some tips to help you control leakages:

Avoid excess caffeine, acidic fruits and cola drinks. These can cause bladder irritation and frequent visit to the bathroom.

Avoid drinking any liquid after 6 or 7 p.m. or an hour before bedtime in order to free your bladder and avoid having to wake up frequently. Another alternative is to wear tampon or pad.

Avoid alcohol, quit smoking and practice bathroom breaks before work, meetings or social outings.

Eat lots of vegetables, beans and increase the amount of fiber in your diet.

Engage in pelvic exercise, it helps to strengthen some muscles that controls the bladder, train your bladder by urinating on a regular schedule. Also learn to relax and live a stress free life.

Above all discuss with your doctor if leakages persist or if you are on any form of medication for Incontinence.

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