Urinary incontinence can be described as many things, but no one would ever call it pleasant. For many men, the inability to urinate properly can be humiliating. You should always seek out a doctor for proper treatment options, but there are a few methods you can try at home in conjunction with your physician recommended treatment plan that can help improve your symptoms.
1. Try double voiding.
When you finish urinating, pause for a few seconds and then try again. This can help reduce the dribble after you finish. Double voiding can also help train your bladder and the muscles along the urinary tract, another recommended technique known as bladder training.
2. Reduce your alcohol and caffeine intake.
Studies have shown that caffeine and alcohol can exacerbate and worsen the symptoms of urinary incontinence. No one wants to stop drinking coffee, but for many people the effects are a placebo. Switch to decaf coffee and either completely eliminate or severely reduce the amount of alcohol you drink. In many cases, teas and the sodas also contain large amounts of caffeine.
3. Beware of trigger foods.
Like caffeine and alcohol, there are many types the food that can worsen urinary incontinence. These foods can differ from person to person, so it may take time for you to pinpoint exactly what your trigger foods are. Once you do, you will want to eliminate these from your diet. Common trigger culprits are overly spicy and acidic foods, as well as sweets like chocolate or food items laden with artificial sweeteners.
4. Stay hydrated.
Many men try to avoid drinking too much if they struggle to urinate, as they are afraid of accidents happening. However, failing to drink enough causes you to become dehydrated and make your urine more concentrated. This could result in burning or painful sensations when you urinate, as well as a host of other potential, dangerous health problems that come with dehydration. Make sure to drink the recommended amount of water each day to stay properly hydrated.
If you ever feel like you were the only person that struggles with this problem, know that you’re not alone. An estimated 25 million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence. The reasons are numerous, and some of the most common causes of urinary incontinence are age and prostate related illness. Thankfully, you’re not defined buy your struggles.
Take the time to visit your doctor and educate yourself on potential solutions to alleviate your symptoms. With time, you will learn what worsens your issues and find ways to counteract them.