Tests for Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is diagnosed through a series of tests that are usually done at the doctor’s office. Read below to learn about these different tests and how they are conducted:

  • Pad test – You will be given pre-weighed incontinence pads to wear for 24 hours. You’ll go about your day, doing the activities you usually do, while wearing the pads. You’ll store the used pads in a sealed bag and give them back to the doctor. The pads will then be weighed to determine how much urine was leaked.
  • Cough stress test: This test requires you to have a full bladder. You will be asked to stand and cough vigorously, in which the doctor will observe for any urine loss.
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Controlling Incontinence on Long Flights

Man looking outside plane window

If you’re new to urinary incontinence, you might think it’s impossible to go out and have fun, let alone fly out of the country on a long 20-hour non-stop flight, without constantly having to run to the bathroom. Fortunately, with a little bit of planning and a lot of patience, you can take long trips while staying dry.

  • Wear an extra absorbent diaper with wicking capabilities and odor control. Popular options include Abena Abri-Form Briefs and Tranquility ATN.
  • Use a booster pad to increase the absorbency of the brief.
  • Bring extras of everything in your carry-on. “Everything” includes briefs, pads, wet wipes, underwear, pants, plastic bags, and diaper rash cream – anything you’ll need to ensure that you stay dry throughout your long flight.
  • When booking your flight, get an aisle seat so that you don’t have to worry about disturbing your neighbors to use the lavatory. If you are unable to choose a good seat in time, ask your neighbor if you could switch seats.
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How to Control Urinary Incontinence Odors

One of the many concerns associated with urinary incontinence is how to control odor. It can be difficult to do so while managing bladder problems, especially when you’re constantly around people. Fortunately there are strategies you can use to help minimize odors and keep you smelling fresh at all times:

  • Drink water. Oftentimes, foul urine odors come from not drinking enough water. Many people with urinary incontinence believe that drinking less will help solve their bladder control problems. However, if you dress less, your urine becomes concentrated and will have a foul odor. Plus, dehydration can irritate the bladder, creating frequent urges to go.
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