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How to Reduce Bladder Leakage

by Arkansas Urology on Monday, October 02, 2017

 

If you suffer from overactive bladder (OAB) and are wondering if there are any ways you can reduce your bladder leakage, you are in luck. Fortunately, there are several ways you can work to reduce accident causing leaks from overactive bladder. Knowing which type of incontinence you suffer from can also be helpful in targeting it. The main two types of incontinence are stress incontinence and urge incontinence.

Make sure that if you wear adult diapers or absorbent products that they fit you correctly and are the right absorbency for your individual needs. Take time to test out various products to find the best option for you since they can each offer various protection levels. Doing so can go a long way in preventing surprise mishaps.

If you have issues with night time incontinence, cut off your liquid intake 2-3 hours before bedtime and make sure to empty your bladder before heading to bed. Additionally, make sure you are steering clear of caffeine and alcohol which both act as a diuretic. By checking your food and liquid intake, you may be able to target what irritates your bladder. As you review your diet, check to see if you are getting all of the vitamins and nutrients you need. For example, vitamin D and magnesium can possibly help to reduce bladder spasms. Be sure to discuss this with your doctor before you decide to take optional supplements.

Did you know losing weight can help as well? Working out can relieve the pressure added weight can place on your bladder and pelvic muscles. Another exercise you can perform that may not lead to losing weight but is helpful, is performing kegel exercises. Try squeezing your pelvic muscles when using the restroom to stop yourself from going. By practicing and strengthening these muscles, you can train your muscles to prevent leaks.

If these tips are not giving you the results you desire, be sure to talk to your doctor about various other options such as surgery and medications. There are multiple solutions available to relieve you of your incontinence.