Maritime Women's Bladder Health Urinary Incontinence

There are many things that can be done to help you deal with your urinary incontinence. Although these things do not cure your leakage, they may help you to cope with it until you can resolve or improve the leakage with treatment.

Absorbent Products
Products such as pads, adult diapers or incontinence underwear can help by absorbing the urine you lose involuntarily. There are a variety of products in stores and pharmacies. These products can be expensive to use and many women find it embarrassing or unacceptable to wear pads and diapers. However, they can give you a measure of security until you can obtain treatment.

Super Tampon for Exercise
Use of a super tampon during exercise may prevent exercise-induced urine leakage in women with less severe stress urinary incontinence.

Clothing Modification
For women who suffer from urgency incontinence and have trouble getting to the toilet in time to void without accident, wearing looser clothing or pants with elastic waistbands can make it easier to get on to the toilet in time. Wearing darker clothing can be more discreet should you accidentally lose some urine before getting to the bathroom.

Toilet Facilities
Ensure that you have easy access to the toilet by removing any clutter that may be in the way of your movement to and in the bathroom.

Intermittent Self-Catheterization
Some women experience a problem with an inability to empty their bladder completely. In severe cases, the amount of urine left in the bladder is so large that it causes frequent urination and possibly, overflow incontinence. Intermittent self-catheterization involves passing a small disposable catheter through the urethra and into the bladder to empty it. This procedure can be done several times each day to keep the bladder from getting too full. It must be done in a clean environment to avoid infection.

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