Millions of people suffer from urinary incontinence. The most common form is stress, or urge incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence is most prevalent in women but can affect men too. Stress incontinence can happen when coughing, sneezing, laughing, or lifting something. Urge incontinence means there is also an urge to get to a bathroom while leakage is occurring.
Some lifestyle changes can help reduce urge symptoms including avoiding alcohol and caffeine, and quitting smoking. An at-home treatment is Kegel exercises to strengthen pelvis muscles.
Tips to avoid urinary emergencies:
- Drink less liquid while out and about
- Avoid foods or drink that can trigger emergencies such as spicy food, citrus, and carbonated beverages
- Do not jump or run
- Try to go to the bathroom more often to reduce leakage
Many patients want to know how to avoid urine leakage. If the above steps are taken and leakage continues to occur, it may be time to seek help. If you have constant urges, you’re always mapping out the route to a bathroom, or you avoid traveling or social events because of your incontinence contact us. The Incontinence Institute offers individualized treatment options. Feel free to call our discreet, professional Medical Concierge at 800-771-1953 if you have questions or to set up an appointment.