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Ways to Minimize Urinary Incontinence Side Effects

Ways to Minimize Urinary Incontinence Side Effects

June 24, 2014

Millions of people suffer from urinary incontinence. For many, it’s an isolating and embarrassing condition that makes them feel alone. If involuntary urination is affecting your everyday routine, you’re not the only one. Luckily, it’s such a common problem that medical researchers have discovered several ways to minimize and soften the side effects.

Controlling Urinary Incontinence

UI can be a symptom of another problem, a side effect of medication or surgery, or a medical condition that develops on its own. The frequency and volume of urination depends on each individual case, but you don’t have to feel powerless. Instead, you can take action to curb your side effects and regain some control over your daily routine.

Schedule Regular Bathroom Breaks

Overactive and irritable bladders send incorrect signals to the brain. That means you might have trouble detecting a full bladder or closing your bladder muscles, or you might have delayed or premature urges to urinate. When you can’t predict or control your own body’s ability to restrict urine flow, the only thing you can control is where the urine goes.

Work Out Regularly

Weight gain and weak muscles can cause or exacerbate UI. Extra weight places extra pressure on your abdominal muscles and changes the position of your bladder. These are reversible UI triggers, especially if you gained weight very recently. Add more healthy alternatives to your diet, and try to get some light exercise every single day; sometimes five pounds are enough to make a difference in your UI side effects.

If your physical activity has recently decreased — or if you’ve given birth — it could be possible to strengthen your abdominal and pelvic muscles on your own. Special conditioning exercises give you more control over your bodily functions. Every time you’re in the shower or on the toilet, try squeezing and contracting the muscles in your bladder and pelvic floor. If you’re a woman, Kegel exercises are another great way to take action.

Switch Medications

Medications that treat high blood pressure, depression, and insomnia are red flags for UI. Their side effects include relaxed muscles, increased urine production, and decreased bladder awareness. If you experience UI for the first time — or it worsens — after you start a new prescription, tell your doctor right away. You can work together to find alternatives that won’t cause such distressing side effects.

Incontinence Underwear

Of course, reliable and protective incontinence underwear is one of the best ways to reduce the discomfort and inconvenience associated with urinary incontinence. Wearever’s incontinence briefs and incontinence panties aren’t just effective at keeping you dry; they’re also stylish, comfortable, and affordable. You can incorporate them into your daily routine for extra support, but don’t forget to try these tips and techniques too. Every bit of effort matters in the fight to curb urinary incontinence.

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