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Things You Can Do at Home to Help Your Incontinence

Urinary incontinence comes in several forms, but the most common is stress incontinence. If you leak a bit of urine when you cough or sneeze, you’re experiencing stress incontinence. The other forms are urge, overflow, and mixed incontinence. 

Dr. Floyd Seskin has treated hundreds of patients struggling with incontinence. There are treatments and medical interventions that work effectively. However, you may find that some simple lifestyle changes help. 

Take a careful look at your diet

Numerous foods and beverages can contribute to incontinence. For example, you may not be aware of the fact that artificial sweeteners seem to contribute to an overactive bladder, which can lead to urge incontinence. Other potential problem foods and drinks include: 

Everyone is different, and these foods and beverages don’t automatically cause urge incontinence, but cutting them out to see if that makes a difference might surprise you. 

A related method of easing the symptoms of incontinence is called fluid management. Track how much liquid you consume for a few days or a couple of weeks. Then cut it back by 25% and see if your incontinence improves. 

Try scheduling urination

Rather than going to the bathroom when you feel like you need to, try creating a schedule for bathroom breaks. Work toward going to the restroom every two to four hours. 

Bladder training

The idea behind bladder training is to slowly increase the length of time between trips to the bathroom. When you feel the urge to go, make yourself wait five minutes. Over time, work your way up to 10 minutes, then 20, and so on until you’re only going to the bathroom every two to four hours. 

It may also be helpful to use a technique called double voiding when you do go to the restroom. Empty your bladder, wait a few minutes, and try to empty your bladder more completely. 

Pelvic floor exercises

Strengthening the muscles of your pelvic floor is often an effective way to decrease symptoms of incontinence. Specifically, performing Kegel exercises regularly and consistently can improve incontinence issues. 

Although pelvic floor exercises are effective, you need to do 10 to 15 repetitions at least three times per day. It can take as long as 12 weeks before there’s a noticeable difference. However, Kegel exercises are free, very effective, and require no medical intervention. 

Lose extra weight

Being overweight can weaken your pelvic floor muscles as well as put extra pressure on your bladder. Weight loss may ease your symptoms, or even resolve the problem. 

There are additional options for treating urinary incontinence as well. Medications, injections, and surgical intervention are all sometimes necessary to resolve incontinence issues. The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to live with it. 

If you’d like to learn more about what you can try at home to treat urinary incontinence or you have questions about other treatment options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Floyd Seskin. Simply call us at 305-792-6905 between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. 

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