It’s back-to-school season, which means the long hours of studying and detailed notes are back. For students facing urinary incontinence, returning to school can be intimidating. It could be the constant worry about preventing leaks in class or hiding bladder problems from classmates. We understand the fear you may feel returning to school, but with these tips on preventing leaks, we hope you can feel just a bit more comfortable and confident.
Choose the right products to be discreet. Incontinence pads and male guards are probably the most discreet option when it comes to absorbent products. They’re available in a variety of lengths, sizes, shapes, and absorbency levels to meet individual needs and preferences. For a more heavy incontinence product, absorbent underwear may be the way to go, since they look like regular underwear and stick close to the skin.
Protect the mattress. Whether in a dorm, off-campus housing, or at home, it’s important to protect your mattress from any leaks. Underpads are designed to cover mattresses in order to help absorb leakage, help reduce odors and help maintain dryness. They can also be used for chairs and couches to incontinence-proof your home.
Exercise your pelvic floor muscles. Effective treatment for stress incontinence is pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegels. Squeezing these into your daily routine, such as during a meal, between classes, or after studying. These exercises are discreet and an easy way to take action towards treatment.
Monitor what you let into your body. Getting carried away at parties is very possible, which comes with alcohol. Since alcohol is a diuretic, it irritates the bladder. We’re not saying to avoid it completely, but be cautioned during consumption in order to avoid accidents occurring.
Create a bathroom schedule. Student life can be stressful, and getting caught up in all the work you have to complete may prevent you from using the bathroom. We recommend you schedule bathroom breaks between classes and club meetings to keep your bladder happy. Setting discreet reminders on your phone may be helpful.
By following these tips, you are prepared to face accidents and leaks. We wish you the best of luck as you enter this new school year!