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Incontinence - Frequently Asked Questions

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What lifestyle choices help prevent incontinence?

  • Healthy weight maintenance.

  • Avoid tobacco. Seek help to quit if you do smoke.

  • Kegel exercises. These exercises can strengthen the urinary sphincter and pelvic floor muscles.

  • Avoid excess caffeine or other liquids that are irritants. You may be recommended to drink more or less water as a preventive measure, depending on your bladder problem.

  • Increase fiber intake. This may help prevent constipation.

  • Moderate physical activity.

When should I seek medical attention for incontinence?

If incidents of incontinence are isolated, medical attention may not be required. However, if incontinence is recurrent or affects your quality of life, discuss symptoms with your doctor.

How does aging affect occurrences of incontinence?

As the bladder muscle ages this may lead to decreased ability to store urine and elevated overactive bladder symptoms. With blood vessel disease, there is a risk of increased overactive bladder. Good overall health — including no smoking, moderate blood pressure and a healthful weight — can help limit symptoms of overactive bladder.