The loss of bladder control, or urinary incontinence, can be caused by an overactive bladder or a weak pelvic floor. Presently, roughly 25 million Americans suffer from it. Others have kept quiet because of embarrassment or a focus on other medical issues. It must be given the attention it deserves!

 

You can receive a thorough diagnosis by telling your doctor or urologist these 7 things:

1. When do you leak?

Keep a diary of when and how often you leak. Does it happen when you laugh, cough, sneeze, or exercise? Include how much urine you pass and if you feel as if you are not emptying your bladder fully.

2. Medication

Some medications exacerbate the problem by relaxing the muscles of the bladder. Let your doctor know if you take alpha blockers, alpha-adrenergic antagonists, diuretics, tricyclic antidepressants, or antihistamines.

3. Food and drink

Alcohol, caffeination, and carbonation can worsen urinary incontinence. Do you drink a lot of coffee, tea, or soda? Do you smoke? Eat spicy foods, acidic fruits, tomato-based foods, and chocolate? If so, you might want to take note of these things and pay extra attention to how they affect your urinary habits.

4. Medical history

Recount any recent surgery or illness. For men, an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer causes incontinence. Diabetes, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, urinary tract infections, and obstructions in the urinary tract are also related.

5. Pregnancy and menopause

Women are twice as susceptible than men. Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause are common causes. If you are a woman seeking help, you might consider a urogynecologist—a specialist in female pelvic organs and pelvic floor disorders.

 

6. Constipation

If you have been experiencing constipation, this may be putting pressure on the bladder.

7. Daily life

Telling your doctor what you do for work and for fun is necessary, because this information can aid in your diagnosis and treatment.

Your questions

This is not a one-sided conversation. You should ask intelligent questions about what to do next:

  • What are the treatment options? Side effects?
  • What medication is recommended? Side effects?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I need to make?

Everyday products

For daily use, bladder control pads or adult briefs will make you feel more comfortable—especially when leaving the house. By bringing along wipes or washcloths, you can feel fresh and clean at all times. Consider disposable underpads for bedtime or a waterproof plush throw to put on top of your furniture.

 

Schedule an appointment with a health professional, and visit Medical Supply Depot for all the supplies you may need for bladder leaks!

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