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Before you schedule an appointment to talk to your doctor about the bladder leakage you’ve been experiencing recently, you need to be prepared. Use these tips to help you and your doctor better understand your urinary incontinence issues:
Recall your incontinence history.
Try to remember the first time you experienced incontinence, and how it has changed since then. Incontinence can have different causes depending on the length and severity of symptoms. Also note if there were any changes that could have caused the incontinence to begin (pregnancy/childbirth, surgery, new exercises, change in diet/medication, etc.).
Maintain a voiding diary for at least three days.
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Visiting your doctor is the first step to treating urinary incontinence. To prepare for your appointment, create a list of questions to ask your doctor so you can better understand your bladder control issues. Here’s a few to get you started:
- What is the cause of my condition?
Urinary incontinence is a symptom stemming from an underlying condition. Causes can range from anything from a urinary tract infection to an enlarged prostate. Proper treatment can be advised after a cause(s) is determined.
- How can I treat urinary incontinence?
Treatment depends on the type and severity of bladder leakage. Your doctor may recommend medications or incontinence supplies to help treat your loss of bladder control. You can also make simple lifestyle changes, such as performing pelvic floor exercises, to help minimize symptoms.
“I am about to have prostate surgery and the doctor says I may lose bladder control. He suggested buying adult diapers but there are so many to choose from! What would you recommend?”
Many men will suffer from urinary incontinence post-prostate surgery. Bladder leakage is usually temporary, lasting a few months. Fortunately, there are many products available that’ll help you stay dry, comfortable, and active – no matter your level of incontinence.
In the beginning, when incontinence is heaviest, using protective underwear is your best option. They provide heavy protection while remaining easy for you to put on and remove because they wear like regular underwear. Our most popular protective underwear is the Tranquility Premium DayTime Disposable Underwear. They are highly absorbent, breathable, and discreet. Since they don’t have the traditional plastic backing, they don’t have that distinctive swoosh sound of wearing a diaper.
What are vaginal weights?
Vaginal weights, or cones, are training aids that help locate and strengthen pelvic floor muscles that may have been weakened due to pregnancy, childbirth, medication or age. Vaginal weights come in 5-6 different weights starting at less than one ounce.
Who should use vaginal weights?
Women, who are suffering from urinary incontinence, or have an uncontrollable bladder, are advised to use vaginal weights. Pelvic floor weights should not be used during menstruation, intercourse, pregnancy, or if you have pelvic pain or an infection.