You’re not alone if you experience occasional or frequent urine leakage. Women around the world are finally talking about bladder weakness, and sharing information about how to treat it.
The two major causes of bladder weakness and leaking bladder are stress incontinence and urge incontinence. When stress incontinence causes urine leakage, women usually notice it occurs when exercising, coughing, sneezing, laughing and/or lifting. When urge incontinence causes urine leakage, women notice the need to urinate NOW and the inability to get to the bathroom in time.
Fortunately, there are many treatments, products, and lifestyle changes that can help. For example:
Drinking less may not prevent weak bladder problems. Rueters Health reports that a new study suggests it may not help. “Especially for older women, adequate hydration is important, and they shouldn’t be restricting fluids for fear of causing incontinence,” Fran Grodstein, the lead researcher on the study, told Reuters Health.
Drink lots of water — at least 6 to 8 cups per day. There are also many beverages have been reported to increase the occurrence of urine leakage. Women should limit or avoid caffeinated coffees and teas, carbonated drinks, alcohol, citrus juices and milk products.
Watch your weight, because even a few extra pounds can contribute to urine leakage by adding pressure to your bladder. Further proof comes from an Australian study published in the January issue of the British Journal of Urology International. In the study, many severely obese women who suffered from incontinence gained control over their urination after losing weight due to laparoscopic gastric banding.
Bladder control exercises can help you gain control and stop urine leakage. Women use Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles, which can weaken during pregnancy and after childbirth. It’s important to note that some experts don’t recommend kegel exercises. Talk to your health care provider to discuss your specific urine leakage. Women are often reticent to talk to their doctors, but it’s vital to get the treatment you need.