Can I Prevent Urinary Incontinence?

You can lessen the effects of bladder problems using pelvic floor exercises. These exercises are also used to prevent long-term continence issues from starting in the first place.

Once you’ve learnt the basics they can be done on your own at home, but advice and guidance from a qualified and experienced healthcare professional should be sought first.

Results from pelvic floor exercises can take 3 to 6 weeks to materialise so you’ll need to be patient, but the benefits are worth the work.

Other things to consider when trying to prevent urinary incontinence include diet changes and in, some cases, your doctor may suggest that you try medication.

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What underlying factors can affect bladder control?

Sometimes your medications, sometimes tablets, and again that would be dependent on the type of incontinence that's been diagnosed. Pelvic floor exercises, but those should be taught to you by a healthcare professional because they can sometimes be done wrongly, so it's really important that those are taught properly. You have to be quite patient with those, it can take three to six weeks for you to see any effect and sometimes patients can get a bit disheartened so it's really important that they understand that it might take a while and they have to be patient

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