No-Stress Summer: Managing Stress Incontinence
Summer is the season of toasting marshmallows by the firepit, going for a hike before the sun rises, and spontaneous day trips to the beach. However, it can be difficult to be spontaneous while managing Stress Urinary Incontinence.
Stress Urinary incontinence occurs when the bladder and urethra are suddenly compressed. Urine then leaks as a result of the pressure. The amount of urine leakage you experience is frequently determined by the severity of your incontinence.
If you have mild SUI, strenuous activities such as exercise, sneezing, laughing, or coughing may cause pressure. Pressure can also be caused by less forceful activities such as standing up or bending over if you have more severe incontinence.
However, being concerned about these unforeseeable incidents should not take anything away from your otherwise lively and pleasant summer. We understand that leaving the comfort of your home, where access to a bathroom is guaranteed, is not always easy, but we have a few tips to help you enjoy your summer to the fullest—ways to make those journeys easier to embark on.
Travelling is always an option, regardless of what misconceptions you have about travel and incontinence. This blog can help with what products to pack. As for more general tips,
- Stay hydrated with foods as well as fluids; watermelon, cucumbers, radishes, and bell peppers are summer staples high in water that provide a break for your bladder.
- Excessively spicy and acidic foods (such as citrus, pineapple, and tomatoes) can irritate your bladder.
- Use an app like Flush (available on App Store and Google Play store) that allows you to view all the nearby bathrooms. Especially helpful when you’re in a new place and are worried about an incident.
📍Gyms and Pools
Fitness is essential for feeling good and strengthening muscles, but so many common gym routines can lead to an accident. Instead, try these tips.
- Include workouts that target the transverse abdominis — a muscle group that wraps around your belly and aids in drawing your belly button up and into your abdomen (as in Kegels).
- Exercises that require you to bear down (crunches, double leg raises, weight training) should be substituted for core-strengthening sets.
- When you are enjoying the pool, be secure with a well-fitting swim diaper. We recommend looking at the disposable Tranquility Swimmates Swim Underwear. The SOSecure Reusable Swim Diaper is also a great option.
To get rid of the intimidation of a sleepover, feel free to use these tips:
- Pack dark pants, flowy skirts, patterned dresses, and tunic-style tops — these pieces are stylish, comfy, and excellent at hiding stains.
- Bring plenty of incontinence products that suit your level of incontinence. Also, bring disposable bags and wipes to avoid asking the host for spares.
While the thought of an unplanned stress bladder incontinence incident can be frightening, with a little planning, you can easily manage your symptoms. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
- Sanjana A