Managing incontinence

Contrary to popular belief, incontinence is not a natural part of ageing. Growing older can certainly affect your bladder health, but it’s not guaranteed to happen.

While it can be an embarrassing problem, there are ways to cope with incontinence on a day to day basis. Losing control of your bladder can obviously have a negative impact on your quality of life and interfere with your social life too.  There are ways of successfully dealing with it and living a normal life.


 

What can I do about it? 

There are some simple exercises and behaviour modification tricks that can increase muscle strength, while reducing the risk of accidents. It's a good idea to see your GP if you have incontinence. Your GP may suggest some simple actions to take such as:

  • losing weight and cutting down on caffeine and alcohol
  • pelvic floor exercises - exercising your pelvic floor muscles by squeezing them
  • bladder training - where you learn ways to help you can wait longer between needing to urinate and passing urine.

Incontinence products also exist which may be useful, such as absorbent pads and hand-held urinals (urine collection bottles).  


 

Useful contacts:

Bladder & Bowel Foundation Continence
Address: Bladder and Bowel Community 7 The Court Holywell Business Park Northfield Road Southam CV47 0FS
Phone: 0800 031 5412
Web:www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org
Email: help@bladderandbowel.org

Promocon - for continence and products
Phone: 0161 607 8200
Web:www.disabledliving.co.uk
Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk