For many women, the overpowering urge to visit the restroom isn’t just an inconvenience.
Urge Incontinence is an emotional burden that casts a shadow over life’s most joyous moments.
Imagine having to constantly map out the nearest restrooms or live in fear of an unexpected leak during a hearty laugh or sneeze.
This is the reality for countless women grappling with urge incontinence.
But could some of our everyday habits be exacerbating the issue?
Let’s delve deeper.
In this blog, you will delve into the 4 mistakes that may be worsening your incontinence.
The Emotional Impact of Urge Incontinence
Before we dive into the common mistakes, it’s essential to understand the profound emotional impact of urge incontinence.
It’s not just about frequent bathroom trips. It’s about missed opportunities, declined invitations, and the constant anxiety of “what if.”
It’s the silent moments of embarrassment, the hurried exits from gatherings, and the ever-present fear of a noticeable accident.
Over-Caffeinating: The Hidden Culprit
Do you love a Starbucks latte?
We all cherish that morning cup of coffee or the afternoon tea ritual.
But what many don’t realize is the role caffeine plays in worsening incontinence.
Why Caffeine is a Concern:
- Diuretic Effect: Caffeine increases urine production, leading to more frequent bathroom visits.
- Bladder Irritation: It can irritate the bladder lining, increasing urgency.
It’s not about giving up your beloved beverages entirely.
It’s about moderation.
Consider alternating between caffeinated and decaffeinated drinks.
And be mindful of other sources of caffeine like sodas, chocolates, and certain medications.
Neglecting Pelvic Floor Exercises: The Forgotten Solution
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that play a pivotal role in bladder control. Yet, many overlook its importance outside of postpartum recovery.
The Power of the Pelvic Floor:
- Supports Bladder: A strong pelvic floor provides better bladder control.
- Reduces Urgency: Regular exercises can decrease the frequency of overpowering urges.
Kegels are a popular pelvic floor exercise.
But it’s crucial to ensure you’re doing them correctly.
Consider consulting a physical therapist for guidance.
Limiting Fluid Intake: The Counterproductive Approach
Are you considering drinking less to pee less?
Intuitively, drinking less might seem like the solution to incontinence.
But this approach can be counterproductive.
The Risks of Reduced Hydration:
- Concentrated Urine: Less fluid intake leads to darker, more concentrated urine, which can irritate the bladder.
- Increased UTIs: Dehydration can increase the risk of urinary tract infections, which can exacerbate incontinence.
Focus on balanced hydration throughout the day.
Consider reducing intake in the evening to prevent nighttime urges.
Ignoring Dietary Triggers
Are you a sucker for spicy food?
Certain foods and drinks can irritate the bladder, worsening incontinence symptoms.
- Acidic Foods: Citrus fruits, tomatoes, and certain juices can irritate the bladder.
- Spicy Foods: Some individuals might find that spicy food increases their symptoms
- Artificial Sweeteners: These can irritate the bladder in some people
A food diary can be invaluable.
By noting what you eat and tracking your symptoms you can identify potential triggers.
Bonus: Download Our Free Expert Urge Incontinence & Bladder Expert Report
Dreaming of days when you can freely laugh, move, and socialize without the looming fear of leaks?
You’re not the only one, and there’s a path forward.
Start by reading our FREE Report that sheds light on the root causes of incontinence and offers practical, easy-to-follow solutions.
This report is designed to empower you with knowledge and actionable steps to put an end to incontinence without resorting to medications or surgeries.
Written by expert physical therapist Katy Rush, who has treated thousands of people just like you.
Titled How To Stop Leaking Without Medications Or Surgery, it’s packed with information about multiple stretches, exercises, and other techniques to make sure your Urge Incontinence goes away.
Expert Help at The Perfect Pelvis Physical Therapy Clinic
Is the fear of unexpected leaks from Urge Incontinence casting a shadow over your precious time spent with loved ones?
Does the thought of laughing fill you with anxiety?
You’re not alone, and we’re here to guide you through this.
Urge Incontinence shouldn’t control your life. Whether you’re just beginning to seek answers or are ready to take proactive steps, we’re with you.
This month we are offering a heavily discounted $57 Urge Incontinence Screening. This assessment will allow you to share your struggles, and we can offer personalized advice tailored ftoyour needs.
Still skeptical about heading into the clinic? We invite you to schedule a FREE Telephone Consultation, and you can speak with a member of our expert team from the comfort of your home.
At The Perfect Pelvis, our team of specialist physical therapists has helped thousands of people suffering from Urge Incontinence, just like you.
You can also feel free to give us a call at 816.607.3747 (We still like to talk on the phone!).
We look forward to hearing from you,
Katy Rush, PT
Other Free Resources To Help Relieve Urge Incontinence
Download our free report –How To Stop Leaking Without Medications Or Surgery
Read our blog- 3 Ways Physical Therapy Can Relieve Urge Incontinence