Female Incontinence

Female incontinence is when there is leakage of urine or temporary loss of bladder control. This can happen naturally during pregnancy and immediately postpartum from weakened pelvic floor muscles. It can also happen with older age because of similar weakness in the pelvic floor. Sometimes it is also caused by infection, such as UTI. 

It is recommended that you schedule an appointment for an examination to determine the cause of the incontinence. 

Incontinence caused by weakened pelvic floor can be managed conservatively by doing things like losing weight, as well as pelvic floor therapy or exercises such as Kegels. Bladder training, or emptying your bladder every 1-2 hours during the day is also a good way to prevent leakage. If you are someone who suffers from leaking urine primarily at bed time then water intake restriction is also recommended. 

Certain food and drink can “overstimulate” the bladder and cause frequency or incontinence in some patients.

If you suffer from incontinence try limiting or avoiding the following:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Spicy foods
  • Citrus fruit

For more information:

Urinary Incontinence FAQs

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