There are a number of ways to treat incontinence. The treatments depend on the type of incontinence you have and what you hope to achieve. Like most urinary disorders, a healthy lifestyle can also reduce your risk of developing incontinence. An incontinence management plan will usually include several of:
- adequate fluid intake of up to two litres (6 to 8 glasses) each day (your urine should be pale yellow in colour)
- tone up your pelvic floor muscles with pelvic floor exercises for good bladder control
- a bladder retraining program – going to the toilet to pass urine only when you have the urge to go – don’t go ‘just in case’
- a toileting program – taking time to completely empty your bladder
aids such as pads, condom drainage or catheters.Like most urinary
disorders, a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of developing
Most people opt for medications called anti-muscarinics, which are specifically designed to relax the detrusor muscles in your bladder. By relaxing these muscles, anti-muscarinics make the bladder a more stable place, so that it can store urine more effectively.