Six ways to deal with a sensitive bladder

Six ways to deal with a sensitive bladder

If you have a weak bladder (as one in three women over 18 will), try these gentle exercises to help alleviate the symptoms.

Don’t let a weak bladder bring you down. Follow a few simple steps to help reduce the impact of urinary incontinence and carry on getting the most out of life.

An overactive bladder needn’t take over your life. It’s a common problem that affects around one in four adults at some point in their lives. For some of them, it limits the clothes they wear, makes them less active and restricts their social lives. But with some simple lifestyle tips, you can reduce the impact and continue to enjoy life to the full.

1. Take care with what you drink
Alcohol and caffeine are out; water is in. Caffeinated drinks – especially coffee – irritate the bladder: try decaf or herbal teas. Alcohol can cause you to need the loo more often, while also dehydrating you. But make sure you still drink your six to eight glasses of water a day. Many people try to cut down on their fluid intake, but in the long run, it just reduces your bladder capacity and makes things worse.

2. Keep yourself regular
Constipation can make bladder problems worse: straining to empty your bowels weakens the pelvic floor muscles that control your bladder. Never delay the urge to pass a stool. Eating more fibre, taking exercise and drinking plenty of water can all help to keep your movements regular and avoid any undue strain.

3. Get the right type of exercise
Staying active is fun and vital for health, but making sure you have the right workout can help with sensitive bladders. Abdominal workouts like sit-ups or crunches can strain your pelvic floor muscles, while the impact of jogging and aerobics puts extra pressure on them. Try low-impact exercises like cycling or Nordic walking – or build up core strength with Pilates.

4. Pack in the cigarettes
It can be tough to cut out smoking, but if you need one more reason to strengthen your resolve, how about the fact that giving up can help with bladder problems too? We all know that smoking leads to coughing, and that hacking cough also weakens the muscles that control your bladder. As well as all the other health benefits of giving up, it’ll be easier to avoid accidents.

5. Get a check-up
If bladder control issues persist, it’s worth paying a visit to the doctor. There may be options for treatment, and they’ll be able to make sure there aren’t any underlying health problems. They’ll be able to advise on individual aspects of your health and lifestyle that might contribute to bladder sensitivity. And they can also help you work out a plan to train your bladder and reduce the symptoms.

6. Let Always Discreet take the strain
Even if you’re doing all the right things, accidents can still happen. But with Always Discreet, you can go about your day with confidence. The unique DualLock core seals away odour and wetness, leaving you feeling fresh and comfortable no matter what. And the thin, flexible pads are comfortable enough you’ll soon forget they’re even there.

What changes have you made that have helped with a sensitive bladder? Let us know in the comments.

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