In this article, we aim to put fears about female incontinence to rest and offer some tips and advice on how to diagnose, manage and control bladder weakness and incontinence.
So what causes female incontinence?
There can be all sorts of reasons, some minor and some a little more serious, but common triggers tend to be:-
- Dietary issues
- Light bladder leakage when giggling, coughing or running
- Sudden weight gain
- Side effects of medications
- Side effects of a medical condition
How can female incontinence be treated?
There are lots of ways to treat and manage female incontinence. The first thing to do is to see your GP, just to make sure there are no underlying issues.
Once you have been to your GP, you can also look at making positive changes to your lifestyle with a more balanced, healthy diet. It is also wise to reduce drinks which aggravate the bladder such as alcohol, caffeine and soft drinks. A good alternative to these drinks is to choose a herbal tea such as dandelion, and drink your recommended amount of water; dehydration can actually make incontinence worse!
There is also physical exercise you can do at home, or in a class such as Pilates or yoga. Some of these classes are run specifically to retrain the pelvic floor muscles after childbirth.
If you are under an unusual amount of stress, try meditation and some quiet time each morning and evening before you start your day. Even switching off for an hour to read a book and putting your mobile phone away an hour or two before bed can make a huge difference to stress levels.
For temporary, or light bladder leakage there are some modern, discreet incontinence products on the market which are invisible under normal clothes. They are also a great choice if you tend to suffer from light bladder leakage (LBL) during sports, or while you are out on a run. You can even buy them online to save any awkwardness at the grocery store checkout. They can arrive via post, right to your door.
Female incontinence is far more widespread than you may think and there is plenty of support out there, and it is often nothing to worry about and a temporary situation. Your first step should be to visit your GP who will be able to advise the best course of action, management and treatment.