Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence

What is it?

Urinary incontinence is one of the most common pelvic floor complaints. Stress incontinence is leaking drops to larger amounts with coughing, sneezing, laughing or physical activities. Urge incontinence is associated with urinating frequently day and/or night, with a strong urge and leaking on the way to the bathroom because you cannot reach it on time. Urinary incontinence can be treated with Kegel’s exercises, a pessary, medications, avoidance of bladder irritants and surgery.

If you have been diagnosed

If you have been diagnosed with urinary incontinence, a few initial steps to treat your condition are: perform Kegel's exercises regularly to strengthen your pelvic floor, avoid consuming bladder irritants such as caffeine and alcohol, give up smoking, work on voiding at regular intervals make sure you have regular soft bowel movements and see your family doctor about treating your airways to avoid coughing for long periods of time.

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