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5 Life Hacks to Ease Incontinence

Men and women deal with incontinence

Men and women deal with incontinence

1. Kegal exercises

Incontinence affects men and women and can reveal itself in several embarrassing ways. You might go to the sink to wash your hands and your bladder empties itself without warning. You could notice that your underclothing is wet because you leak urine during the day. Perhaps you have accidents in your sleep or make frequent trips to the bathroom throughout the day or night. Frequency, urgency, leaks, and accidents are all uncomfortable reminders that your bladder is not functioning as it once did. If you don’t desire prescription meds there are things you can try at home and see if they work for you. The first is level exercises which are done by tightening your pelvic muscles as if you are attempting to stop the flow of urine. Please note that it is recommended that Kegel exercises are not done when you are actually urinating. These exercises may strengthen your muscles and offer you some relief from an overactive or leaky bladder. Kegels are something you can do and no one will even be aware of it. A bladder that does not work properly can be annoying and embarrassing. Kegel exercises may prevent you from joining their numbers. may prevent or improve bladder issues but also help with other pelvic floor issues. You can learn more about exercises to strengthen your pelvic muscles but clicking on the links at the end of this article.

Protective underwear

Protective underwear

2. Protective gear

You probably have no idea how many women ad young as 30 are wearing panty liners, bladder leak pads, adult diapers, or plastic underwear because their bladder muscles are weak. You can now even buy underwear that protects and fits just like traditional cloth panties. There is a television commercial that advertises sending these products discretely through the mail for those who desire privacy, You can also purchase them in stores. If money is an object please check local thrift stores like Goodwill or churches and clothing pantries that give away free items. You might be able to purchase what you need at a fraction of the cost or get it for free. Please keep in mind that these products need to be changed as soon as possible after soiling in order to keep down odor.

3. Baby wipes

Anyone who has ever worked in a long-term care facility knows the damage that weak pelvic muscles can cause. Many adults in such facilities both men and women must be checked every two hours and pads or diapers changed because they no longer have control of their urine flow. Baby wipes are often utilized to cut down on odor even in hospitals patients. You might want to have baby wipes on hand to make sure you reduce what some refer to as old people's smell. Urine in pads or diapers has a very distinctive smell that can linger on the skin. Keeping wipes in your home, purse, and vehicle can be beneficial. You can use them to feel fresh after changing your protective gear and also to wipe down seats should you have an accident. They will keep you clean and fresh when you are unable to fully wash up and please don't forget to clean your hands.


4.Magnesium is a must

As we age it is important to make sure we are eating nutrient-rich foodswMagnesium has been suggested as necessary for bladder health. Foods that have a high content of magnesium are dark chocolate, sunflower seeds, avocadoes, nuts, beans, lentils, bananas, and leafy green vegetables. V8 juice is also a good source of magnesium.

5. Possible prevention of bladder infections

Sometimes an overactive bladder is the result of a urinary tract or bladder infection. You can reduce your chances of infection by drinking plenty of water, wiping from the front to the back after using the bathroom, and keeping garlic, yogurt, and cranberry juice in your diet.

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Adhering to these life hacks is not a guarantee that you will prevent or cure a leaky or overactive bladder or a urinary tract infection. If you believe you are dealing with either please check with your healthcare professional.


Kegel exercises

Mayo Clinic tips for pelvic floor health

Misconceptions regarding Kegel exercises

Preventing bladder infections

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Cheryl E Preston

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