It started her senior year in high school – just a little bit of leaking during volleyball practice – but by the time she sought help, incontinence was impacting her whole life. She was miserable and she was not alone.
Although urinary incontinence is a widespread problem, sufferers are reticent to seek treatment. On average, people wait 6.5 years from the first symptoms to getting treatment. It might be because they think this is just part of aging, or that it’s a hard subject to share with anyone, even their doctor. If you are experiencing incontinence, here are some mistakes you might be making:
1.Reducing Fluid Intake – Although reducing fluids might seem logical if you struggle with incontinence, you can’t solve it by severely cutting back on fluids. This can lead to dehydration, constipation, and kidney stones, which can irritate your bladder and actually make symptoms worse.
This is an example of what not to do:
4. Bad Habits: The way you pee makes a difference. If you have a habit of going “just in case”, the bladder thinks it doesn’t have to fill completely before sending the signal to your brain to give you the urge. Semi-squatting or hovering above the toilet seat can also result in incomplete emptying. And, straining or “pushing” to urinate puts pressure and stretch on the muscles of the pelvic floor, causing them to weaken.