What To Do If You Have An Incontinent Episode

Be aware of changes in your body and seek corrective actions.
Most people never give any thought to incontinence until that first experience. Perhaps you have laughed a little hard or sneezed and are suddenly shocked to find that you are leaking a few drops of urine or have even lost control of your bladder. Other people report that before they experienced their first incontinent episode they were lifting something heavy or participating in some physical activity. This can be a disconcerting and upsetting experience. However, it should be stressed that this does not mean that you are fully incontinent only that you need to be aware that there are some changes in your body, and seek corrective actions.

This type of condition is most often stress incontinence. This is brought about by the weakening of the pelvic muscles. For women this often happens with the stress of pregnancy and childbirth. Those muscles can become damaged and are suddenly not strong enough to control the bladder and the surrounding organs. Unfortunately, this damage can happen even years earlier before the symptoms become apparent. However, this does not mean you have to become resigned to living with this condition. There are things you can do to minimize or even eliminate urinary leakage. Here is what you need to know about what to do if you have an incontinent episode-
  • Start doing Kegel exercises-One of the most important steps you can take is to start strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. This is true regardless of whether you are a man or a woman. You will want to focus in on tightening and contracting the right muscles. You can find these muscles by stopping the flow of urine midstream. Work up to doing 3 sets of 10 everyday. When you are consistent with this, most people find they are seeing results within 3-6 week. 
  • Talk to you doctor-One of the biggest roadblocks to getting treatment for incontinence is fear and embarrassment. It is important to understand your doctor is there to help you (and he or she has already heard this from other patients). Do not let your embarrassment keep you from seeking treatment. It is important to understand your doctor can offer help, treatment, and possibly the answer to resolving your symptoms before they get worse. Waiting will only mean most likely your symptoms will get worse and become harder to treat. Keep in mind you may be taking a medication or have another health condition which can be contributing to your symptoms. Only by talking to your doctor can you find out if any of these are a contributing factor. 
  • Use the right incontinence products-Today, there is no reason you cannot continue on with your daily activities no matter what the severity of your symptoms. There are a number of different supplies and products on the market which will allow you to comfortably and discreetly deal with your urinary leakage, while you working on managing and treating it. Best of all, you no longer have to head to the store in order to buy them. There are a number of different online sites that offer you the products you need based on size, gender, and severity of symptoms. 
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