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How To Cope With Incontinence

Friday, July 3, 2020



Incontinence can be very difficult to deal with. You can feel like a part of your independence is being stripped away from you. However, the truth is that incontinence is very common, and it is something that a lot of people experience in different degrees. Below, we are going to take a look at some of the different things you can do in order to manage your incontinence effectively.


Purchase incontinence supplies - There is only one place to begin, and this is with making sure that you have got all of the supplies you need to manage your condition. Nowadays, you can purchase a huge assortment of incontinence supplies, and so you should not find it difficult to locate the right items for you. In fact, you can even find supplies for different types of incontinence, such as ostomy supplies if you’re dealing with incontinence issues as a consequence of recently having surgery.

Cut down on the caffeine - If you are a coffee lover, you’re not going to be a big fan of this one! Perhaps try switching to decaffeinated coffee instead? The reason you need to cut down on your caffeine consumption is that caffeine irritates the bladder, which makes incontinence worse. Coffee is not the only thing that contains caffeine; so does hot chocolate, energy drinks, green tea, tea, and fizzy drinks.

Lose excess weight - If you are currently overweight, it is important to make an effort to lose any excess weight. This is because being overweight can cause your pelvic floor muscles to weaken. This can result in incontinence because the fatty tissue is placing pressure on your bladder. By losing weight, you may find that your symptoms improve and in some cases, they can even go away altogether.

Avoid lifting when possible - It is important to avoid lifting whenever you are able to. This is because lifting will put a strain on your pelvic floor muscles. When you do need to lift something, for example, if you need to pick up your shopping bags or lift your children, you should make sure that you tighten your pelvic floor muscles before you lift and during the lift as well.

Do pelvic floor exercises on a daily basis - Last but not least, it would definitely help if you were able to add some pelvic floor exercises to your daily routine. Pelvic floor exercises can be successful in reducing leaks. However, it is critical to do them correctly. You can find lots of help online about how to do pelvic floor exercises in the right way, including plenty of useful videos. You will need to be patient with this approach, though. You may need to do exercises for a period of three months before you start to notice any benefits.

So there you have it: some of the different steps you can take to manage incontinence and deal with leaks. We hope that you have found this information useful and that it helps you to manage your condition effectively.


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