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incontinence smUrinary incontinence (UI) is a common problem that affects as many as one out of three women. It may be a few drops of urine that leak out when you cough or laugh, urine loss during sexual activity, or a sudden and uncontrollable urge to urinate.

UI is usually caused by problems with muscles and nerves as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause. There are effective medical treatments for urinary incontinence, but the first step is to talk about it, even if you feel shy. Many women across southeast Michigan suffer from urinary incontinence and our doctors at Northline Women’s Health Center have heard stories just like yours.

Along with medical treatment, there are things you can do to help to reduce the symptoms of urinary incontinence.

Don't rush yourself and be sure you're finished when using the bathroom. Once you've urinated, relax a bit and go again. This can help to empty the bladder completely.

Don’t wait until you feel the need to go. An empty bladder won't leak, so put yourself on a schedule and begin with a bathroom break every hour or so to see what’s best for you.

Make it de-caf because caffeine is a diuretic that encourages you to urinate. Whether it's your morning cup of coffee or that can of diet soda at lunch, drinking caffeinated beverages can contribute to urinary incontinence.

Don't go thirsty because that won't solve the problem. Your bladder and kidneys will stay healthy when you drink fluids throughout the day. The standard advice is eight glasses of water per day, but see what works best for you.

Keep a diary and make note of when you leak urine and what you were doing, such as sneezing, coughing, laughing, or sleeping. Take this with you when you visit your doctor.

Remember to talk with us about any prescription and over-the-counter drugs you’re taking because some can make urinary incontinence worse. We can identify what might be causing a problem and see if an alternative is available.

 

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax