Ever had a moment in your life where your urine leaked without your permission? If so, then you are all too familiar with how embarrassing it could be. Urinary incontinence or bladder leakage is the loss of control over the bladder causing urine to leak, gush, or flow unintentionally. And no, it’s not a disease – it’s simply a symptom of many underlying conditions. While it can happen to anyone, bladder leaking is common among older people, pregnant women, men with prostate problems, and even in obese adolescents.
Urinary incontinence varies greatly depending on lifestyle, age, and sex. Some may experience occasional minor leaks, while others experience a stronger, sudden urge to relieve their bladder all at once. Regardless, it is important to know and understand which type of incontinence you or your loved ones have in order to address the condition with ease and look for the perfect products that can successfully manage the leaks.
If you are one to experience urine leaks when coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising, then you most probably have a stress incontinence which is common in pregnancy, childbirth, prostate surgery, and obesity. On the other hand, if you feel the need to urinate so urgently that you often don’t make it in time to the toilet, then it’s a type of urge incontinence. This is a symptom of a serious underlying medical condition such as damaged nerves and muscles, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. The last type is called an overflow incontinence that’s likely to be more persistent and frequent, which may be caused by a tumor or enlarged prostate that blocks the urine flow. This happens when the bladder fails to empty completely leading to an overflow of urine in the absence of an urge to go to the toilet. Exhibiting a combination of any two is also common– so if you couldn’t fully associate your case with one, that’s perfectly fine!
Needless to say, living a life with bladder leakage can be downright stressful and frustrating. It’s embarrassing and awkward and it affects our emotional, psychological, and social life that the condition makes a person drift away from friends and loved ones while dodging daily activities and playing it safe by staying close to where the toilet is. Sure, it can be daunting, but before you completely forego your self-esteem and lose your sanity, check out these five life-changing but practical tips that will help get your life back together and better control your bladder leakage problem:
1. Don’t cut down on water.
It’s easy to think that restricting your fluid will be beneficial in preventing urine leaks, but hold that thought for a moment, will you? Drinking too little than six to eight glasses per day causes your urine to be so concentrated that it starts to irritate your bladder, thus increasing your chances of having urine leakages. And hear this out: the worst part about it is that concentrated urine reeks more which is exactly the kind of attention you don’t want to attract from others.
2. Cut Down on Your Caffeine.
Soda, coffee, energy drinks and tea — can you guess what they all have in common? They’re all diuretics (also synonymous to bladder irritants) thereby making you want to urinate more. If you’re suffering from incontinence or bladder leakage and craving to reach more than one cup of coffee in the morning, try other options that are friendlier to the the bladder like ginseng and gingko biloba.
3. Go for Bladder-Friendly Food.
Truth is you are what you eat, and simple lifestyle changes such as your diet can actually go a long way in managing your overactive bladder. Do yourself a favor by staying away from alcoholic beverages and going easy on spicy dishes and citrus fruits. Just like caffeine, these culprits irritate your bladder making you leak more.
4. Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
Remember that if it’s weak, it leaks! As the muscles responsible for supporting the pelvic organs and span the bottom of the pelvis, having a strong pelvic floor gives us control over the bladder and bowel. So if you’re not been paying attention to the health and strength of your pelvic floor, try doing simple yoga poses like utkatasana (chair pose), tadasana (mountain pose), salabhasana (locust pose), warrior II, and happy baby. Squeezing in some time for Kegel exercises daily may also strengthen your bladder muscles. You can do this by squeezing the muscles of your pelvic floor (or stopping urination midstream) for five seconds, and then relaxing for another five seconds. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease recommends gradually increasing this exercise to three sets of 10 repetitions daily, and soon enough you’ll get a hold of your bladder control once again!
5. Choose the right bladder control pad.
When it comes to bladder leakage, using the right pad is crucial in order to manage the condition properly. The first and most innovative bladder control solution when leaks start to drip, So Sure Bladder Control Pad is designed to enhance your confidence and minimize the embarrassment of bulky pad it brings. Available in two variants and perfect for both genders, the 340 mm for light leakage and 450 mm for moderate to heavy bladder leakage to appropriately address different types of leaks, it also hugs securely but discreetly and proven to be 3x more absorbent than a regular pad. Made of breathable and skin-friendly cotton material that’ super absorbent and delightfully comforting, it offers more benefits than meets the eye.
Not only So Sure Bladder Control Pad is specifically designed for best absorbency for bladder leaking, each pad is made of premium materials that lock in wetness and moisture without compromising your convenience. Additionally, it has a double leak and odor guard features to make sure you’re protected day in and day out without having to deal with the strong scent that comes with urine leaks. The best part? It has odor control and antibacterial properties to keep you fresh and dry, so you can go on with your daily activities without the embarrassing bulk and bunching!
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