Easy Ways to Prevent Urinary Incontinence

If you are at risk of suffering from urinary incontinence, do not ignore it until too late. Incontinence and bladder control problem is common among elderly people. People of 30 years to 70 years of more are at greater risk of incontinence. It is embarrassing and troublesome problem. However, there are simple ways to prevent urinary incontinence and keep your bladder healthy.

Keep constipation away:

Constipation put pressure on bladder muscles and it may lead to leakage during defecation, if you have constipation, as you have to strain during emptying your bowel. Also a full rectum can put constant pressure on your bladder and you may have to empty bladder frequently. Keep constipation away by taking healthy diet containing adequate fibers and lots of fluid. Make sure to have at least 25-30 grams of fiber a day in diet. If you still have problem of constipation, consult your doctor.

Prevent UTIs:

UTIs (urinary tract infections) can result in temporary incontinence, because the infecting bacteria can weaken the muscles of the bladder. UTI is particularly common among females and incontinence is also more common among females (may not be due to UTI). If you are prone to incontinence, UTIs can result in incontinence, every time you suffer from it. To prevent urinary tract infection, it is important to take fluid regularly to flush out urine along with bacteria from bladder. Empty bladder on regular interval and before and after having sex, to prevent UTIs.

Understand risk benefit of treatment for prostate gland problems:

In men, especially elderly men above 55 years of age, prostate enlargement is very common. More than 50% of men above 55 years suffer from BHP (benign hyperplasia of prostate). Location of prostate gland is just below the bladder and surround the urethra. Any enlargement (BHP or cancer of prostate) of prostate gland is bound to have effect on urinary system. There are variety of treatment options (medications, surgery) for BHP and you need to select treatment option which have minimal effect on urinary system. Incontinence can be a side effect of treatment for prostate problem in men.

Consider childbirth options carefully:

Normal vaginal delivery is a common cause of incontinence, however there are many other causes of incontinence and one cannot blame normal vaginal delivery alone if she suffer from incontinence after normal vaginal delivery. The more children are delivered by normal vaginal delivery, the greater is the risk of developing incontinence. However, there is lack of evidence that caesarean delivery causes lesser risk of incontinence. During normal vaginal delivery, if forceps are used, episiotomy done or vacuum is used there is increased risk of traumatic damage to whole perineal area and increased risk of incontinence.


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