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Incontinence is irritating, there's no doubt about it, and there's never a good time for it to strike. If it is something that you deal with then know that there are things that you can do, we've collected together a few ideas of our own, but you can always visit our incontinence page if you're interested in getting more information.
If you struggle with incontinence then it could be that any one of these prevention methods help but it's always worth bearing them all in mind. A combination of two or three might lead to a big improvement and most of them are things that are worth introducing into your lifestyle in any case.
Excess stomach fat puts pressure on your bladder and pelvic muscles and so losing weight can be an excellent way to reduce incontinence. Losing weight is also an excellent way of boosting your health overall which, if your incontinence is caused by any other conditions, might alleviate some of the additional causes.
You can train yourself to quit smoking and, although we appreciate that this is different, it is possible to train your bladder over time as well. Begin by trying to delay urinating by about 10 minutes and then start to build that upwards so that eventually you can hold it as long as you need. Keeping notes or a diary of this activity can help you or your doctor keep an eye on your success in this and might also be a good way of ruling out other potentially harmful causes.
You already knew that quitting was good but you might not have considered that it would help with incontinence. Nicotine can irritate the bladder and a study by the Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki, Greece found that nonsmokers are less likely to be incontinent than smokers. According to the study, coughing - a common symptom of smoking - can be a risk factor in developing stress urinary incontinence.
Caffeine can contribute to bladder irritation and can stimulate muscle contractions, both things that can cause incontinence. Because caffeine is a chemical that can excite the brain, it can have an affect on the bladder, potentially leading to incontinence. Controlling your caffeine intake or completely avoiding it can be an excellent way of reducing your incontinence risk.
It might seem odd to suggest that drinking more can help you in this arena but drinking enough water is a crucial part of managing incontinence. If you don't stay hydrated then you might end up constipated which can irritate the bladder and lead to incontinence. Drinking between six and eight glasses of water a day – drinking during the day as much as possible to avoid midnight bathroom breaks – can be all you need. Other drinks can count toward this limit, but you should always remember that water is likely to be the healthiest option.
For some people it may be more difficult than using one, or even a combination, of these methods. If you have tried to shift incontinence with natural remedies and you've found that it hasn't worked then it might be worth looking for prescription treatment. Clinically proven to work, these types of treatment have a record of helping people eliminate this kind of problem and can help you to get around a lot of unnecessary discomfort.