There are many coping skills that you can incorporate into your lifestyle to help you improve your quality of life when living with incontinence. It need not be the embarrassing situation that so often if mirrored on TV commercials. There are many resources available so that those who need it can find information on incontinence and how to cope with it early on, before it becomes necessary to see a physician.
Many find that learning how to avoid foods and drinks that irritate bladders is one way to make changes quickly that will have a positive affect on incontinence.
Your healthcare provider is your first line of defense in the quest to control your incontinence. You can find many useful resources at the medical office.
There is national organizations set up to inform and assist those with incontinence. One such organization is the National Association for Continence (NAFC). This organization has resources and a support group where you will find others who are willing to share concerns and provide support and motivation that will help you to explore and maintain self-care strategies and methods for gaining control over your incontinence.
There are often many community groups of support that are set up in community centers, hospitals, and churches. You may be able to find classes that teach kegal exercises. A nutritionist at your health care provider’s office may be able to assist you with planning how best to schedule your fluid and food intake so that you can be more in control over these factors.
Starting and maintaining a journal that details your fluid intake, your bathroom breaks and a record of what works best for you as far as lifestyle changes that have a positive affect on your incontinence can have a positive impact on your success at controlling your incontinence and can be a valuable resource for your healthcare provider when it comes to gleaning clues about your diagnosis.
There may be magazines or books at your local library that can be a good source of current information.
Once you feel confident and are knowledgeable about being incontinent you can begin to share with family, friends and co-workers your experiences with incontinence so that they too can be a source of support for you where you live and work. Having a support group in these areas of your life will help you to feel less embarrassed when situations arise and you experience a loss of control over your incontinence. You may even be able to support someone else that discovers they too have incontinence.