Stress and Strain – Fighting Incontinence

A Healthy Lifestyle - Here are a few healthy lifestyles tips to ease the problem of stress incontinence:

  • Shed extra weight – If you are an overweight person, losing excess pounds can help reduce the pressure on your bladder and pelvic floor muscles. Moderate weight loss may slightly improve your stress incontinence. Speak to your doctor for guidance on weight loss.
  • Add fiber to your diet - If you suffer from chronic constipation it can contribute to your urinary incontinence. Keep bowel movements soft and regular to reduce the strain on your pelvic floor muscles. Eating high-fiber foods — whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables — to relieve and prevent constipation.
  • Don't smoke - Smoking can lead to a severe chronic cough, which can aggravate the symptoms of stress incontinence. Smoking is also associated with a drop in your oxygen-carrying capacity, a factor thought to increase the risk of an overactive bladder. And smoking is associated with bladder cancer.

Care while travelling – Travelling can be a difficult issue when we are travelling as incontinence supplies are not commonly available. Here are a few tips to get you through while travelling. Maintaining a good relationship with family, friends and co-workers can help prevent feelings of isolation and depression that may accompany incontinence. We should stay prepared so that it makes us feel more comfortable when we’re out and about:

  • Stock up on supplies – Carry sufficient incontinence pads or protective undergarments and possibly a change of clothes. Incontinence products are discreet and can be stored in a roomy purse or a small backpack. Extra supplies and spare clothes can be kept in the trunk of your car or a backpack for use when needed.
  • Scout out your destination – Reassess the number of restrooms available at your destination. Choose seating that allows easy access to restrooms.
  • Take good care of your skin - Prolonged contact with wet clothing can cause skin irritation or sores. Keep your skin dry by changing your garments when they're wet and applying a barrier cream if your skin is frequently wet.

 

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