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Coping with Urinary Incontinence

If medical treatments can't completely eliminate your incontinence or you need help until a treatment starts to take effect, you can try products that help ease the discomfort and inconvenience of leaking urine.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

  • Maintaining a healthy weight is important to reduce the risk of incontinence.
  • Stop smoking or get help to stop smoking completely.
  • Practice Kegel exercise as a preventive measure. Often pregnant women are advised to do kegel exercise.
  • Identify and avoid food and drinks that irritate your bladder. This would prevent urinary incontinence. For example, if you feel caffeine is worsening your bladder symptom, cut back or avoid caffeine-containing drinks
  • Include fiber in your diet. Eating more fibre or taking fiber supplements, can help prevent constipation, a risk factor for urinary incontinence.
  • Physical activity and regular exercises, reduces your risk of developing incontinence.
  • Various kinds of products are available to prevent urine leak. The products are easy to wear and you can wear them easily under everyday clothing. Men who have problems with dribbles of urine can use a drip collector — a small pocket of absorbent padding that's worn over the penis and held in place by closefitting underwear. Men and women can wear adult diapers, pads or panty liners, which can be purchased at drugstores, supermarkets and medical supply stores.


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