Tips for Coping Day to Day With Urinary Incontinence
You don't have to just live with incontinence -- simple changes like these 13 tips can help you take control.
8 Quick Tips for Coping With Urinary Incontinence continued...
5. Cool It on the Caffeine. As much as you may love your java, or
crave a cola come 3 p.m., you're doing yourself no favor by drinking
caffeine-rich beverages like coffee, tea, and carbonated drinks. To help
control urinary incontinence, eliminate these diuretics -- or at least cut
6. Drink Up -- But Not Too Much. Your body needs fluids, so be sure
to drink enough to stay well hydrated. Drink about two quarts (eight cups) to
keep your bladder and kidneys healthy.
7. Watch for Medication Side Effects.
Talk with your physician to make sure you're not taking any prescription or
over-the-counter drugs that could be making your urinary incontinence worse. If
you are -- and need those medicines -- Comiter suggests you "stay close to home
(near a bathroom) for a few hours after taking a diuretic" drug.
8. The Tampon Tip. Women can try wearing a tampon to help control
leaks when they jog, run, dance or do other energetic activities. The tampon
puts a bit of pressure on your urethra, helping to prevent leakage.
5 Long-Term Tips for Coping With Urinary Incontinence
Managing urinary incontinence
is a long-term issue for most people. Be sure you're doing all you can to make
things easier. Some long-term tips include:
1. Talk to Your Doctor. Don't be shy! Get your physician or urologist
on your side. Your doctor can help you find the best treatment for your urinary
2. Change Your Diet. A cup of coffee and
juice in the morning, a soda with lunch, a few beers or glasses of wine with
dinner -- it can really add up. Fluid management can be critical in controlling
urinary incontinence long term. But you're body does need fluids. Before making
big changes, talk to your doctor.
3. Lose Weight. Weight loss
hasn't definitively been shown to help UI, Comiter tells WebMD, just as being
overweight hasn't been shown to
cause incontinence. "However, obesity can lead to diabetes, which can lead to
Smoking. While obviously a health hazard, smoking isn't a strong risk
factor for urinary incontinence, Comiter says. But if smoking is causing you to
cough, this could be exacerbating your leakage. Chalk this one up as another
reason to quit.
5. Medication and Surgery. Both stress incontinence and urge
incontinence can be treated with medication, though behavioral therapies like
the tips above are often more effective. Surgery is mainly an option for stress
incontinence though -- as with medication -- it may not be the most effective
initial treatment for UI. Talk with your doctor to learn more about these
All of these tips can help you cope with urinary incontinence, though for
day-to-day management Comiter says two of the best tips are also the simplest:
Kegel exercises and time urination.
"They are inexpensive, risk free, and if they work in the short term, [they]
should work in the long term -- especially in patients with mild symptoms."