Tips & Advice for Living with Male Incontinence
What YOU can do
Many men have told us how incontinence, or what we call the Unexpected Leak™, can really interfere with their lifestyle. They cut out certain activities and constantly checking to see where the nearest bathroom is, worrying whether they might smell of urine or that leaks would show through clothing. Well the good news is it doesn't have to be that way. With the right lifestyle changes and protection you can socialize, exercise and carry out all your daily activities with relaxed confidence.
In general, healthcare professionals tend to follow the least invasive methods to improve incontinence such as lifestyle changes, physiotherapy exercises and medical devices. If these fail to work, a specialist may consider whether a more invasive treatment is required such as medication or surgery.
We've gathered a few tips below to help you maintain a healthy bladder and take control of your bladder leakage so that can get back to your active busy life.
Keep hydrated. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day to keep your bladder functioning properly. Avoid bladder-irritating foods like tomato based and spicy foods, citrus fruits and chocolate. Remember, caffeine and alcoholic beverages are diuretics that can also contribute to leakage.
You can limit your leakage by spreading out your liquid intake throughout the day instead of drinking a lot at one time. For example, drink one cup of liquid every 2 to 3 hours. To prevent nighttime leakage, try not to drink anything after dinner or at least 2 hours before bedtime. Liquids such as water, apple, grape and cranberry juice are healthy choices for your bladder.
Tone up. Strengthen the muscles that control your bladder with simple and discreet Kegel exercises. After just 2 to 3 months of regular exercise, you'll notice a difference. It's never too late to start pelvic floor exercises. Even men who have started exercising later in life have felt improvements. And once you incorporate the exercises into your daily routines, they will become as natural as brushing your teeth.
You can take control of your bladder leakage and minimize the inconvenience associated with it. So keep on enjoying life!
Other Helpful Tips
- Try to get the balance right. Don't force yourself to urinate "just in case". But don't hold back too long either.
- Don't strain. Relax.
- When using bladder leakage products, you should change them about every two to three times a day. If you need to change more often, then you probably need a product with higher absorbency.
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