It’s common for women to experience stress incontinence. This means that something as simple as lifting or laughing can cause a leak. As the uterus expanded for the growing baby during pregnancy, more pressure or “stress” was put on the bladder and the pelvic floor muscles may have been weakened.
The good news is this is usually temporary, but here are some tips that may help:
STRENGTHEN THOSE MUSCLES.
Kegel exercises are a great and effective way to strengthen those stretched out pelvic floor muscles. However, many people do them incorrectly because they are unable to isolate their pelvic floor muscles. Vaginal weights can help isolate and enhance your Kegel exercises. They’re small, gradual weights inserted into the vagina. Once in place, you work to hold the pelvic floor weights in place. As your muscles get stronger, you gradually increase the weight of the cones. As little as 15 minutes twice day can make a big difference! Continue reading
If you’re experiencing bladder leakage, there are some effective strategies to help you regain bladder control. Timed voiding is a strategy that helps “retrain” the bladder so it doesn’t empty too frequently or urgently. The goal of timed voiding is to empty your bladder on a regular basis so accidents don’t occur. While that instruction seems easy to follow, these steps can help you be more successful.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Create a voiding schedule so that you use the bathroom about every two hours throughout the day.Try to avoid setting voiding times that would interfere with your daily schedule, such as during an important meeting or during your work commute. You may have to stretch or shorten intervals by 5 or 10 minutes to ensure you have access to a bathroom.
If you’re constantly running to the bathroom or feel like your bladder is never fully empty, you may have an overactive bladder. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do that can help with strong urges.
- Perform Kegel exercises.
Both men and women can strengthen weakened pelvic floor muscles by doing Kegel exercises. To isolate your Kegel muscles, try to stop the flow of urine mid-stream. While you can perform Kegel exercises almost anywhere, for added strength, try a Kegel exerciser. One of the most popular is the vaginal weights. Inserted like a tampon, these weights can be gradually increased as your muscles tighten.
Our #1 best-selling incontinence product is not fancy or high-priced – it’s the washable, waterproof underpad. Here are 5 reasons why you need this versatile, inexpensive timesaver:
- Underpads, also called overlays, are quilted absorbent pads that can hold up to 4 cups of liquid, so they’re great for frequent urination.
- They’re lightweight, easy to change and can be washed with the rest of your laundry because they don’t take up the entire load.
People who suffer from incontinence have more to worry about other than just a leak: skin irritation and infections can plague users of adult diapers (briefs) and adult pull ups. A lack of air flow, damp conditions, and especially stale urine or stool causes the skin to break down and causes painful and dangerous diaper rash, sores, and yeast infections.
You may think a regular bar of soap and water should clean the area, but that can actually dry the skin, causing it to break and become even more sensitive. To help prevent these skin conditions, make sure to keep the perineal area clean. Use a soft, rinse-free disposable washcloth, like the Prevail Washcloths, to help clean the area with each diaper change. They are larger than baby wipes, and are easy to use. Continue reading