Make a few little changes in your behavior, and you can establish better control over a leaking bladder. Many people who experience urine leakage, women and men both, simply organize their lives around the condition because they believe it’s a natural part of aging. It’s not, and you can seize control and reverse your bladder weakness to keep your fluids inside your body where they belong.
Leaking bladder problems
One of the most common forms of unwanted urine leakage is called stress incontinence. This is when you spring a leak during laughing, coughing, sneezing or heavy lifting. Often, this type of bladder weakness is caused by a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. They’re responsible for holding the bladder in place, among other things, and become damaged for a lot of reasons (including time and vaginal childbirth). If you make some changes to your behavior, you can re-gain control of your bladder and prevent this type of urine leakage.
- Fluid intake. Pay attention to how much you’re drinking, and what you’re drinking. Caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea and soda will only aggravate your bladder and cause leaks. Don’t drink a ton of fluids throughout the day, either. You need 8 to 10 8-ounce glasses of water a day, no more.
- Food. Sometimes, spicy foods can aggravate a leaking bladder, too. Try to avoid very spicy foods to avoid unwanted leaks.
- When you’ve got to go… Don’t “hold it” for long periods of time. If you know you have to urinate and don’t go to the bathroom, you’re pretty much asking for unwanted leaks. As the saying says, when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go.
- Lose weight. Lose weight and body fat to alleviate the pressure on your bladder. Excess weight puts excess pressure on the bladder and the pelvic floor, and that’ll only encourage leaking bladder problems.
- Exercise. Bladder control exercises are so simple, you can perform them in a roomful of people and they won’t notice. Kegel exercises are a great way to re-strengthen and tone the pelvic floor muscles. Strengthening those pelvic floor muscles will give you better bladder control, and may even reverse leaking bladder problems completely. You can even find devices and aids that make it easier for you to perform Kegel exercises.
Little changes that you make daily might make it possible for you overcome problems with urine leakage. Women can also receive implants and go through other surgical procedures in order to manage the problem. Consult with your physician to learn more about medical procedures that can help.
Learn more ways to get better bladder control in our free special report, 5 Keys to Manage a Leaking Bladder or Overactive Bladder for Women Over 50.