A WEE PROBLEM
What is incontinence?
There are different types of urinary incontinence. A person can have more than one type. They include:
Stress incontinence: the most common in women. Leakage happens when you cough, laugh, sneeze or exercise.
Urge incontinence: a sudden need to go to the toilet, so strong that you may not make it in time.
Frequency: a need to empty the bladder often.
What causes it?
Pregnancy and childbirth. Loss of oestrogen after menopause. Heavy lifting. Chronic constipation (has long-term serious consequences). Being overweight. Chronic cough.
What steps can you take to address it?
Drink up to two litres of fluid a day to maintain bladder capacity.
Reduce coffee and other caffeinated drinks, as they increase urine production.
Do pelvic floor exercises, particularly before and after childbirth and before heavy lifting, sneezing or coughing.