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Health Tips

Urinary incontinence can, unfortunately, be one of the least pleasant parts of getting older. Getting the “urge” at inconvenient times can put a damper (no pun intended) on everything from social gatherings to meetings to exercise.

But fortunately, there are some things you can do to deal with incontinence and not let it control your life. Here are a few tips:

  1. Try a schedule. Making a point to relieve yourself at regular intervals every day, even when you don’t have the urge to go, will help keep your bladder empty. And an empty bladder is a happy bladder!
  2. Watch your caffeine and alcohol intake. Caffeine in coffee and soft drinks is a diuretic, as is alcohol, which can worsen incontinence. Try to curb your caffeine or alcohol intake to lessen your trips to the ladies’ room.
  3. Do your exercises. And we don’t mean hitting the treadmill. Flexing your kegel muscles (the muscles that help control the flow of urine) can strengthen your pelvic floor and make it easier to “hold it” when there’s not a bathroom in sight. Alternately, many women have success using vaginal weights to tighten the muscles in the vagina.
  4. Know before you go. If you’re planning a road trip or a night out on the town, be prepared by knowing where available restrooms are so you’re not searching when you have to go.
  5. Talk to your doctor. There are medications and medical treatments available for women dealing with incontinence. It’s important to talk with your doctor about options to consider to free you from the restroom!

Want to learn more? Take our Urinary Incontinence Quiz to see how much you already know about urinary incontinence, and then read more about the topic in our Health Library.

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