Urinary incontinence is a particularly inconvenient problem. It causes embarrassment, a bad odor, and even skin irritation. There are medical treatments that your doctor can prescribe to control urinary incontinence, and there are several procedures that can help reduce or control bladder incontinence.
Pads and Absorbent Undergarments
If you cannot have medical treatment for your incontinence, or if it is a temporary situation, absorbent pads or undergarments can help control wetness, prevent a noticeable odor from developing and shield the skin from irritation
Within reason, it may be useful to avoid drinking excessive fluids. Of course, you need to stay hydrated, so it is not healthy to cut back too much. But, if you are going to be in a temporary situation during which you may not have access to a toilet, it can make sense to take it easy on fluids for an hour or so prior to that time.
Limit Caffeine Intake
Caffeine can stimulate the body to produce more urine than usual. If you have been having problems with incontinence, it makes sense to cut back on caffeine or to eliminate it entirely.
There are a number of bladder training techniques and exercises that you can do to help condition your muscles so that you will have fewer problems with losing control of urine. Bladder training is a process that involves techniques designed to help train the bladder better to control urination.
One step involves an exercise that is most effective when you have an urge to urinate. This step involves repetitively squeezing the muscles that control the flow of urine. Squeezing to prevent urine flow and holding urine in for about 10 seconds conditions the muscles for better control. This type of exercise is often called a kegel exercise. Kegel exercises can also be done midstream, stopping the flow of urine for a few seconds. And they can also be done at times when there is no urge to urinate at all. These exercises strengthen the muscles involved in urination to prevent leaking and incontinence.
Another part of bladder training involves scheduling regular intervals between trips to the toilet, as this can help the body better control urination and prevent excess fluid from leaking.