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7 ways to... TREAT A LEAKY BLADDER

Kim GregoryComment
7 ways to... TREAT A LEAKY BLADDER

Take these steps to ease urinary incontinence — and in some cases, clear it up entirely

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Stay hydrated

Most people try drinking less to stop themselves needing the toilet. However, dehydration concentrates your urine, irritating the sensitive lining of your bladder and actually making you feel like you need to go more often.

 

Kegel exercises

If you have stress incontinence, Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles may help. But always talk to your doctor about your urinary symptoms before doing these exercises.

 

Train your bladder

You can help control an overactive bladder by going to the bathroom at set times. Start by tracking how often you go to the toilet each day in a bladder diary. Then slowly add about 15 minutes between bathroom visits. By gradually increasing the amount of time between visits, you teach your bladder to hold more urine.

Lose weight

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Extra weight puts more pressure on your bladder and nearby muscles, which can lead to problems with bladder control.

 

Change your drinking habits

Drinks with caffeine, fizzy drinks such as sodas, or alcoholic beverages may make bladder leakage or urinary incontinence worse. Stop drinking these drinks for a while to see if that helps.

 

Quit smoking

Smoking can make many health problems — including urinary incontinence — more severe.

 

Treat constipation

Eat lots of fibre-rich foods as constipation can make urinary incontinence worse.