6 ways to manage incontinence.
Incontinence can be caused by certain medical
conditions and lifestyle choices. Read on for
easy ways to take control of your incontinence.
1. Develop a skin care routine.
A good perineal "peri" care routine decreases the risk of
infections and odors. Basic skin care supplies include a soft
washcloth or pre-moistened disposable wipe and a
2. Clear a path to the bathroom.
Make the bathroom easily accessible by removing any
obstacles in the way. Consider a lift chair to assist with
standing, as hard-to-manage chairs or beds may put
pressure on the bladder.
3. Maintain a schedule.
Document how many trips are made to the bathroom.
This will help you conform to a schedule.
4. It's all in the fit.
Protection performs best if it's well fitting. Look for a
product that is comfortable, snug and pulled up close
to the perineal area.
5. Stay hydrated.
It's important to drink lots of water, even if bladder
leakage is a concern. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as
they dehydrate and actually stimulate the bladder, thus
producing more urine.
6. Get physical!
Avoid high-impact exercises like jogging or aerobics,
and opt for low-impact workouts like yoga or Pilates.
Kegel exercises can help reduce leaks.