If you are one of the six million people in the UK who suffer from incontinence, you have probably tried every brand of incontinence pants and pads to help you manage your condition. However, you might not have thought of one trick to learning about the effects of different liquids on your body.
Have you ever wondered about which liquids are worsening your incontinence?
Often, incontinence can be a stressful and confusing problem to deal with, more so if you don’t fully understand how your body works. Whilst you may not be able to stop the problem, it makes sense to look after your bladder and do everything you can to lessen the severity of your incontinence. This process starts with recognising the types of fluids which are significantly increasing your urine leakage.
Liquids which can worsen incontinence and irritate the bladder include:
- – Caffeinated drinks such as coffee and tea
- – Alcoholic drinks
- – Carbonated beverages such as soda water and energy drinks
- – Tomato products such as tomato soup and tomato drinks
- – Cranberry juice
Though it is worthwhile to be aware of these common bladder irritants, it is important to remember that the effects of certain fluids on the body can vary from person to person. Therefore, finding the time to write down the liquids you consume during a day and the effect these have on your bladder may be the way forward for you to discover how what you are putting into your body is affecting your amount of urine leakage.
You can keep track of this data in your own private Bladder Diary. In your diary, you need to record the type and amount of fluid you consume, your amount of urine leakage and a record of any accidental leakage. It is recommended to keep track of your bladder function for at least 72 hours so you are able to gain a good understanding of what is happening in your body after consuming certain liquids.
Whilst you may be more informed as to the specific fluids which may trigger your incontinence by keeping a bladder diary, it is also useful to take your diary with you when discussing incontinence with a Doctor. Dr Pieter Kruger, an urogynecologist from the University of Cape Town acknowledges additional advantages of keeping a bladder diary, claiming “Bladder diaries identify the maximum time interval that the person can reasonably wait between voids and also assess the impact on the patient’s quality of life.”
Download our bladder diary here to get started and become more informed about your incontinence: