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Stop worrying about trips because of urinary incontinence

21, March | No comments
incontinence health

Urinary incontinence is a problem which experience many women and it can affect your quality of life. It is quite frequent during pregnancy, after giving birth and with menopause. Do not wait and try to treat the problem as soon as possible; there are some treatments which will help you treating incontinence, improving your daily living and enjoying your trips and holidays.

Making plans or planning a trip might cause you awkward feelings due to incontinence when you should feel excited, especially if the journey is rather long, or if you would like to wear swimming suit or summery outfits.

In this post, we will give you some trip advices in case you suffer from urinary incontinence. The aim is not to change your life style, but trying to change small habits in order to stop worrying about the annoying urine loss.

 

ADVICES

Suitcase

When you pack your suitcase, make sure you carry plenty of underwear in your suitcase and spare underwear in your handbag, just in case. It is also recommended to take with you some hygienic wipes and a hermetic plastic bag to avoid unpleasant smell.

Disposables

We recommend you to carry some tampons and umbrellas for incontinence with you. They are better option than pads, as tampons and umbrellas are more comfortable to wear and no one will notice them if you are wearing a swimming suit. You can meet with your friends, laugh, drink as much as you want to, cough and sneeze without worrying about a thing.

Habits

Even though, you do not feel the need to use the toilet, it is important to go every two-three hours, every day at the same time. In this way, your bladder will used to go to the toilet in the established moments. It is also important not to squeeze or force your bladder.

Clothing

Very tight trousers do not help at all due to they put pressure and you may have the sense that you need to go to the toilet urgently. So we recommend you to wear comfortable outfits.

Transport

If you travel by air or rail, try seating in an aisle seat in order to be able to move and stand up freely.

If you travel by car, try to make stops every two hours to stretch the legs and go to the toilet.

Independently of the transport, wear loose clothing such as a skirt, a dress or baggy trousers in order to avoid pressure.

Hydration and food            

Not drinking before the trip will not help you, since during the trip you will be thirsty and drink a lot of water. What you can do is drinking water a couple of hours before and go to the toilet just before you go.

Hydration is fundamental, it is especially important in summer when your body is dealing with high temperatures. However, you should try not to drink from 6-7 pm to get a good night´s sleep.

As we mentioned earlier, it is essential to drink, but you should avoid tea, coffee and beer as they are diuretic liquids. Drinking too fast or very cold drinks is also counter-productive; it will increase your need to go to the toilet.

In holiday time, intestinal transit may be affected so fibre-rich food will help to regulate it and avoid constipation, which is an incontinence enemy.

Spicy and diuretic food such as pineapple, watermelon, melon and asparagus, will increase the need to use a toilet too.

Exercise

Sedentary and obesity might cause incontinence so it is wise to go for a walk daily and do mild physical exercise to strengthen your muscles. 

In your spare time, you can try Kegel exercises, which can help you to strengthen your pelvic muscles avoiding from urinary incontinence. Several times a day, you can contract the pelvic muscles for about 8 seconds. Next, release the muscles, count 10 seconds and start over again. You can do it sitting or lying until 10 times

These exercises are fantastic, but careful as if you squeeze your backside, you will not be working your pelvis muscles.

 

We hope this post has been useful and you enjoy your well deserved holidays.

 

The purpose of this post is purely informative. It does not replace a medical consultation.

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