Temporary incontinence can occur after drinking carbonated drinks, alcohol or caffeine drinks. Some heart and blood pressure medications, sedatives and muscle relaxants can affect your ability to control your bladder. Likewise, constipation, urinary tract infections and other medical conditions can cause incontinence. Or you simply may just laugh that much that you accidentally pee into your pants – but that’s nothing to be ashamed of!
Some women can suffer from incontinence during pregnancy, after giving a birth or sometimes from having a hysterectomy during menopause (this is not always the case, but it can happen). But this is not a condition of women only, men also may experience incontinence caused by enlarged prostate or prostate cancer. Being overweight, and neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease, stroke and spinal injuries can also show incontinence as some of the symptoms.
If you’re experiencing incontinence – either temporarily or for a longer period - just remember that you’re not alone. It has become more recognized condition so there’re a lot of products available to both women and men they can use.
See our tips how you can deal with incontinence:
- Carry around inco pads (they come in several sizes for both men and women), intimate hygiene wipes and tissue - You never know when you are going to need one of these items. They are a great way to keep you dry and fresh during the day.
- Drink less - You are more likely to have an accident when your bladder is full. Try to limit drinks to when you are thirsty or when you are having a meal, especially in occasions you may not have access to toilet the minute you’d need to. Just don’t dehydrate yourself
- Pelvic floor exercises - Do your kegel exercises to strengthen and maintain your muscles - especially after childbirth. Also if you are hit with a sudden need to urinate pelvic floor exercises can help with the sensation of urgency.
- Avoid foods and drinks that trigger symptoms – After dealing a day with leaks you may be in a need of a drink, but think twice: alcohol can actually increase your symptoms and cause more problems.
- Talk about it. Many people feel that incontinence is something they have to deal with alone, but it can actually be helpful to talk to someone about it, especially good friends or family. They might even have some helpful tips that you don't know about.
Incontinence is surprisingly common so there’s no need to be shamed for it. If you have any tips you would like to share, leave them in the comments below.