Health Tips: When You Need to Go

Most people take bladder control for granted—until they don’t. Often the causes of incontinence are out of a person’s control. In women it’s is a common side effect of childbirth. For men it’s most often a side effect of treatment for prostate problems. There are things you can do to help manage the issue, though.

Start by watching your weight and staying active. If you smoke, that could be a contributing factor. Bladder irritants like caffeine, carbonated drinks, and alcohol can create urge incontinence, the feeling you need to urinate even if the bladder isn’t full. Lastly, don’t strain with bowel movements, as it will weaken the pelvic floor muscles.