As we get older, we are more prone to developing urinary problems, including incontinence. Incontinence can be frustrating and embarrassing, but there are ways to manage this condition and live a healthy lifestyle. If you’re experiencing urinary tract issues, it’s important to talk to your doctor to see what options are available.

What is Urinary Incontinence and What Causes It? 

Urinary incontinence is an inability to control your bladder. It is most common in women, although men can experience it as well. There are a number of different things that can cause incontinence, and understanding the cause of your incontinence can help you treat it most effectively.

One of the most common causes of incontinence is a urinary tract infection, which can be treated. Constipation can also cause incontinence by putting pressure on your bladder. Many women experience incontinence during pregnancy or after giving birth due to the changes in the muscles, nerves, and tissues in the pelvic area. Some women also experience incontinence after menopause due to the change in hormones. Men may develop urinary incontinence as a result of an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer.

In both men and women, neurological problems like a stroke, MS, or Parkinson’s disease can interfere with your ability to control your bladder. Incontinence can also be a result of a dangerous obstruction, such as a tumor or a kidney stone.

How to Manage Urinary Incontinence

While urinary incontinence can be very frustrating, there are a number of things you can do to manage the problem. The first is to cut down on your alcohol and caffeine intake, which can irritate your bladder. Drinking ample amounts of water throughout the day will also help to keep your system healthy. If you smoke, you’ll also want to take steps to quit, as repeated coughing can put further strain on the problem. You’ll also want to avoid foods that are spicy or acidic, as these can be very hard on your digestive system.

You’ll also need to take steps to strengthen the muscles in your pelvic region. Your doctor can teach you helpful pelvic floor exercises for this. You’ll also want to make sure that other exercises you’re doing aren’t exacerbating the problem. For example, you’ll want to avoid heavy lifting as well as other high-impact activities like running.

Medicare and Urinary Incontinence

Medicare Part B covers an annual wellness visit where you can talk to your doctor about incontinence and possible treatments. They can then help you decide on an appropriate course of action. It’s important to note that incontinence supplies and medication aren’t covered under Original Medicare. Items like incontinence pads may be covered if you have a Medicare Advantage plan. For prescription drug coverage, you will need a Medicare Part D plan.

Urinary incontinence can be challenging, but it’s important to remember that it is treatable. If you’re interested in learning more about your Medicare options, contact Time for 65’s licensed partnered agents today. Fill out this form or give us a call to see how we can help.