For many people, incontinence is just a fact of daily life. More than 30% of people aged 60 and over deal with this issue, and there are some things that they can do to decrease leakage and minimize their urination urges. By following the tips we have provided here, those who suffer from incontinence can have a measure of control.
Have a Bathroom Schedule
If your bladder knows when to expect urination, then it is more likely to be relaxed and not send out urgent signals that you need to pee. You can create a bathroom schedule for yourself that accommodates your urges. Some people may need a bathroom break every two hours, and some may need it more frequently than that. You need to find what works for you.
In order to make this work, you will have to stick to the schedule. If your body is used to having a set time to urinate, then you should have fewer uncontrollable urges or leakage.
Limit Your Liquid Intake
Now, you don’t want to dehydrate yourself, as that can cause unexpected leaking. However, if you are careful about when you drink a lot of liquids, you can get your bladder under control. For instance, if you are going onto be away from a reliable bathroom option, then you may want to be careful about how much water or other liquids you are drinking. Instead of large gulps, you may just want to drink small sips, giving yourself just enough water to get by but not enough to cause a bathroom emergency.
Clear Colon Blockages
If you are constipated, then that can put pressure on your bladder and cause you to need to pee more frequently. Eating high fibre foods, exercising regularly and drinking plenty of liquids can help free up your colon and ensure that you are into constipated. If this is a serious, ongoing problem, then you should consult with a doctor on how to deal with it.
Stress can cause bladder problems as well. If you are not in control of your emotions, you will be less likely to be in control of your bladder. You should try to create a calming environment around yourself. This will allow you to focus more on your bladder and keeping it in check. You can take some medications that will allow you to retain more urine in your bladder as well as medication to help you relax. Talk to your doctor about your medical needs and find out what medications may be able to help you.
Write Down Your Bathroom Habits
You can also keep a diary of your bathroom breaks, your leakage and other events related to your incontinence. You can write down how often you need to pee, how much you pee when you do urinate and how much you leak throughout the day. This not only tells you what is going on with your body and helps prepare you for leaks and urges you may experience, but it is also something that can come in useful when you are talking to your doctor. Your physician may want to know some of this information, and you can cut down on your doctor visits if you are keeping a detailed diary of your bathroom habits.
This can also help your doctor more quickly identify what the problem is that is causing your incontinence. There are many possible causes for this medical condition, and if your doctor can pinpoint exactly what it is, then you can start on the most appropriate treatment method.