Tips for Managing Incontinence When It’s Freezing Outside

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In many parts of the country right now, people are being treated to the worst Old Man Winter has to offer. While the cold weather can be difficult and inconvenient for people who are healthy, it can be downright rough for the millions of people who experience some form of urinary incontinence. If you or someone you know faces this predicament, we wanted to offer a few tips to manage incontinence this winter. Although you can’t control the weather, there are things you can do to mitigate the worst of your symptoms.


Why Is the Cold Particularly Bad for People with Incontinence?


Urinary incontinence is often caused by affected pelvic muscles that could become weakened from pregnancy, age, or an injury.  The cold weather can affect pelvic muscles because it causes muscles to tense up. When your muscles tense up, they cannot do their job as well. For the pelvic muscles, this means they are less able to control any urges to go to the bathroom. So, if you are already having trouble with incontinence, the cold weather could make it worse.


In addition to that, if you do have an accident, it could be very uncomfortable or even dangerous if you’re exposed to freezing temperatures. This is why we always recommend you have extra protective undergarments and other incontinence supplies in the event that you experience leaking. At, we carry a variety of protective undergarments, underwear, liners, and more to ensure you stay dry and comfortable any time of the year.


Also, keep in mind of a few things that could trigger your condition. We know that certain substances will increase the risk of symptoms. For example, caffeine could definitely cause you to go to the bathroom more. Those hot coffee and tea drinks may soothe the throat, but they could also affect your incontinence. It might be a good idea to opt for decaffeinated hot drinks instead to stay warm and hydrated.  Alcohol is another substance that you should probably avoid if you have incontinence.


Finally, keep in mind your surroundings. If you know you haven’t gone to the bathroom in a few hours, you might want to consider going to the bathroom before you go out. Is there inclement weather outside? Stay inside, if you can, and find some fun things to do indoors. The last thing you would want is to be trapped in traffic caused by bad weather and you feel a sudden need to go. Please keep these tips in mind to manage your incontinence during these colder months.

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