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How to Manage your Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a common problem, but it affects millions of adults across the country and beyond. Many people who struggle with leakage or who are unable to always make it to the bathroom in time are too embarrassed by the problem to discuss it with their doctor, and they simply suffer with this embarrassing problem on their own for sometimes decades. Some may think that wearing adult urinary pads is the only option available to them. If this is an issue for you, you understand that it can affect your activities and lifestyle choices. However, the good news is that this condition is treatable, and you can overcome this embarrassing problem.

Understand the Cause
Before you can successfully combat or treat this problem, you need to understand the cause. Some people believe that urinary incontinence is simply a sign of aging and that it cannot be treated. However, everything from having an overactive bladder to childbirth, obesity and more can cause urinary leakage and incontinence. Understanding the cause can help you to determine the right treatment option for you.

Lose Weight
Being overweight or obese is a common cause of this issue, and the solution is as easy as losing weight. You may feel embarrassed by your current weight, and you may feel anxious about the possibility of smelling like urine to others because of your urinary incontinence issue. By focusing on weight reduction, you may notice a gradual improvement in your urinary incontinence issue.

Improve Pelvic Muscles
When you give birth, your pelvic muscles may become laxer. There are also other reasons for weak pelvic muscles. Simply doing Kegels and other pelvic floor exercises regularly may be effective at eliminating the incontinence issue that is negatively affect your life. Your doctor may educate you on some of the more effective exercises that may be used to address your specific issue.

Explore Medical Treatments
While these do-it-yourself treatments are effective ways for many people to successfully treat incontinence, be aware that some of the causes for this condition require medical treatment. For example, some women need to have a surgical procedure to create bladder support for weak pelvic muscles. Some people with an overactive bladder may need to take medicine regularly to overcome this issue. When you consult with your doctor about your problem, you can learn more about potential medical treatments that may be right for you.

Because there are so many causes for this condition, you must first work with your doctor to determine the cause of your urinary incontinence issue. By taking this initial step, you can explore feasible treatment options that can help you to move beyond this problem and start enjoying life more fully.

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