What Are Some Things that Will Worsen Your Incontinence?

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Since we’re in the middle of spring, we wanted to take a second and talk about stress incontinence. Stress incontinence is a very common condition that affects people of all ages. Although advanced age is a risk factor, pregnancy, taking certain medications, trauma injuries, and prostate surgery are all causes as well.


Stress incontinence is characterized as the unintentional loss of urine because of a physical activity. Let’s say, for example, you laugh so hard, your bladder unintentionally leaks urine onto your pants. This is stress incontinence, which is different from urge incontinence as that is caused by the bladder muscles contracting.


As you can probably guess, sneezing and coughing also can bring about a stress incontinence incident, which is something the tens of millions of people who suffer from allergies every year must think about. If you have both stress incontinence and suffer from injuries, you may have to take extra precautions, like wearing an adult incontinence pad just in case if you do experience leaking.


What Else Can You Do to Prevent Stress Incontinence?


Whether you suffer from allergies or not, there are things you can do to either improve or worsen your incontinence. Here are three things you should avoid if you have had instances of stress incontinence in the past.


Drinking a lot of Fluids in a Very Short Amount of Time


It should be no surprise to anyone that a full bladder will increase the likelihood of leaking. Try to keep the fluid intake to a reasonable eight cups a day – of mostly water by the way. This will ensure that you are hydrated, but you don’t have the urge to go to the bathroom constantly. Remember that not taking in enough fluids can cause dehydration, which may in the long run worsen your condition.


Consuming Alcohol


Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it will cause you to produce more liquid. In addition to that, drinking alcohol to the point of inebriation will reduce your ability to control your bladder muscles. Aim to drink one alcoholic drink a day or less to reduce your risk of stress incontinence.


Having Anything with Caffeine


Like alcohol, caffeine is a diuretic, so you should avoid it if you can. You probably know that most coffees and teas have caffeine in them, but other food and beverage selections are a little less well-known for their caffeine levels. For example, chocolate has caffeine, which means you should limit your intake of it – whether it’s a candy bar or chocolate milk.

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