Good day, Good day! For those are you that live up north, I hope your staying warm. I was recently forwarded this list of tips for dealing with incontinence during the winter, originally posted on the Live Confidently website. Check them out and let us know if they help!
With the winter months upon us, many people who experience urge or stress incontinence may notice an uptick in bladder leakage issues. There was never a clear link between incontinence and cold weather until a 2005 study by Whittington Hospital in London found that cold temperatures were a major factor in increased urinary incontinence. The study showed that this could be for two reasons: one, because our bodies don’t sweat out excess moisture during colder months, and two, because cold weather induces bladder muscle overactivity and causes us to feel the urge to go more often.
Whatever the case, there are a few tips you can follow to make sure that you are prepared and ready to take on incontinence when the temperature drops.
Decrease your intake of caffeinated beverages.
Coffee and other hot beverages that contain caffeine, like tea and hot chocolate, can stimulate the bladder and also act as a diuretic. It’s best to stick to water or non- caffeinated beverages such as apple cider or peppermint tea.
Use the bathroom before you leave the house.
This will ensure that your bladder is empty and will prevent you from having to remove bulky winter layers to use the restroom.
Keep moving and wear a jacket.
This will help to keep your body warm and your bladder muscles from tensing up.
Find the right protection.
For a true sense of ease, it’s best to find the right incontinence products for your specific needs.
Do you have any tips to add? Let us know in the comment section below.
As always thanks for reading.