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Train your bladder. If you have urge incontinence, this can help lengthen the time between restroom visits. It involves taking planned bathroom trips every two hours initially. The amount of time between bathroom breaks is slowly increased by concentrating on letting the urge to go pass. The goal is to train your bladder to go to the bathroom every three to four hours. This lets the clock dictate your habits, not your bladder.

Consider a pessary. This is a removable device that helps support pelvic organs to prevent urinary incontinence after childbirth. Women often use pessaries successfully for many years, says Vani Dandolu, MD, MPH, a urogynecologist and chairperson for the University of Nevada School of Medicine's department of obstetrics and gynecology in Las Vegas.

Breathe deeply. Relaxation exercises -- like deep breathing when the urge strikes -- can help with incontinence. After the urge passes, wait five minutes and go to the bathroom even if you don't feel like you need to anymore. Slowly increase the amount of waiting time.

Brace yourself. When a laugh or cough hits, remember to tighten pelvic muscles. That can help prevent incontinence leakage.

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