|Tips for coping with incontinence|
to lesson the embarrassment.
Although incontinence is not rare, it is still embarrassing, and can often leave someone feeling isolated from friends, family, and work. It is not a normal part of aging, and there are many things that can be done to treat and manage it. The following are some tips for coping with incontinence:
Talk to a professional- The first tip for coping is to get some professional help. It is embarrassing, and too often people live in denial, especially women who wait an average of six years before seeking professional help for their incontinence. In many cases, diet, medications, or another health condition is causing the problem, and there may be an easy fix.
Know your type and cause- What is causing your menopause? Prostate problems? Menopause? Stress? If you know what causes incontinence, you can take steps for managing it better. Some have stress incontinence, where a cough, sneeze, or laugh can release urine due to pressure on a weakened muscle. Learn more about the various types of incontinence.
Keep a voiding diary- Tracking your incontinence, when it happens, what causes it, how much you leak, and the like will help you choose the right products, help your doctor to diagnose you, and help you feel confident in managing it. Our printable voiding diary can help you and your doctor get a clear picture of your incontinence, and also your needed absorbency.
Consider bladder retraining- Can you put your bladder on a schedule? Try gaining more control over your bladder by trying to get on a schedule with your bladder. This will reduce accidents and leaks, and help you feel more in control.
Take steps to treat it- You will feel far better about your incontinence if you do not feel like it is going to be permanent. Doing kegels to strengthen your pelvic muscles can help prevent leaks. Ask your doctor about doing a biofeedback session to help you find that right muscles. Or talk to your doctor and consider other treatment options such as medications, surgeries, and the like.
Get the right protection- It is important to not just get products designed for bladder control, but also get the right size, style, and absorbency for your needs. For help finding the right products to fit your needs, visit The Incontinence Product Finder which can help you easily sort through more than 600 products.
Improve health everywhere- Often making changes like avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners, losing weight, and stopping smoking can help alleviate symptoms. This can all ease the pressure on the bladder, and result in fewer leaks.
Incontinence is a very personal, and often embarrassing subject, but there are steps and measures you can take to lessen the embarrassment. There is no reason you can’t lead a normal life, especially if you seek treatment and manage your incontinence with absorbent products.
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