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Incontinence is one of the most unspoken, so to say, subjects when it comes to women’s conversations. Caused by stress, multiple pregnancies, obesity and overweight, and even by genetic predisposition, it is no fun to get those accidents during the most common activities like laughing, coughing or during your fitness class. 

Overactive Bladder (OAB) is caused by urinary muscle spasms. Let’s see what can be done to improve quality of life with these conditions.  

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  1. CoffeeTime says

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    • We will be discussing Incontinence in women this morning. A very sensitive subject, like anything that we are! But bringing awareness to it, we allow ourselves and other women to pay attention to the changes our bodies are going through during our natural life cycle.

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  2. CoffeeTime says

    2 Types of Incontinence

    I. Stress incontinence occurs when you sneeze, cough, laugh, jog, or do other things that put pressure on your bladder. When these muscles can’t support your bladder properly, the bladder drops down and pushes against the vagina. You can’t tighten the muscles that close off the urethra. It is the most common type of bladder control problem in women.

    CAUSES –>
    – Childbirth
    – Being Overweight or Obese
    – Other conditions that stretch the pelvic floor muscles

    II. Urge incontinence happens when you have a strong need to urinate but can’t reach the toilet in time. This can happen even when your bladder is holding only a small amount of urine. Some women may have no warning before they accidentally leak urine. Other women may leak urine when they drink water or when they hear or touch running water. Overactive bladder is a kind of urge incontinence.
    But not everyone with overactive bladder leaks urine.

    CAUSES –>
    – May be caused by irritation of the bladder, emotional stress, or brain conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or stroke. Many times doctors don’t know what causes it.

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  4. CoffeeTime says


    PLEASE NOTE that these are discussions and not supervised by a medical professional lectures!
    If you have any medical problem – please see your Doctor!
    These discussions are ONLY for bringing awareness in us, women, that we need to pay attention to our health and well-being.


    During and after the process of menopause, levels of the female hormone estrogen drop significantly. In addition to controlling your monthly periods and body changes during pregnancy, estrogen helps keep the bladder and the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body, healthy.

    Lack of estrogen may also cause the pelvic muscles responsible for bladder control to weaken, resulting in urinary incontinence.

    What Kind of Bladder Control Problems May Develop After Menopause?

    Some of the bladder control problems which may develop because of menopause include:

    – Stress incontinence. Pressure from coughing, sneezing, or lifting can push urine through the weakened muscle. This kind of leakage is called stress incontinence. It is one of the most common kinds of bladder control problems in older women.

    – Urge incontinence. Urge incontinence is another very common bladder control problem. With this condition, the bladder muscles squeeze at the wrong time — or all the time — and cause leaks.

    – Painful urination

    – Nocturia. Need to get out of bed to urinate several times a night

    • thia beniash says

      So this is what I have to look forward to huh? Is there any way to prevent it? I am fast approaching the age of menopause and really don’t have enough information about it. Mama taught me about the birds and the bees and sent me on my way… heehee.

    • Jessica Parent says

      Great !!So now I know its going to get worse and never better-LOL . I have done kegals for many many years-either they do not help much or I’m doing them wrong….the Lady doc says I have good muscles in there…so I don’t know how to fix this issue (but I hate it!!) My mom says it gets worse before it gets better. JOY! I wonder if genes play a role?

    • Carol Yemola says

      I never have to get out of bed to go to the bathroom during the night. It is during the day I have problems.

    • Amanda Alvarado says

      I’m nowhere near menopause so I’m blaming mine on my kids! Good to know it’s just going to get worse! 😛

      • same here lol! one baby and i’m up all night! and I plan for a few more… and then menopause. But I haven’t really done my kegels, so one more reason to motivate me….

    • Brianna Ketchum says

      I never really had a bladder problem during the night unless I drink coffee

    • kaen hinkle says

      that’s me I get up about 3 times or more at night to go I go almost evey half hour during the day every where I go I am looking for the rest room I am looking into the surgery to see if we can fix this problem any one have this procedure done

    • wendy c g says

      After having a hysterectomy at age of 37, my body went into menopause. I have stress incontinence.

    • I biggest shopping area is a hour away. I can never drink coffee before I go or I have to stop for the restroom first thing, So irritating.

    • Cynthia Dubuque says

      I’m not at menopause yet, but this information is great to know for when I am.

    • julie ferguson gould says

      Hmm Nocturia is a biggy with me. Its as if my bladder says DONT LAY DOWN!! Every time I get horizontal it happens..

      • Jessica Parent says

        I only seem to suffer from nocturia during preganancy-at least that one goes away when the baby comes for me

    • I did not know that all of this was actually a medical condition.. I wake up 3 – 4 times a night to go to the bathroom.. Its awful and exhausting…

    • After 4 kids, the last 2 being twins, I think I am lucky my stress incontinence isn’t worse, but I do get up up several times during the night which is really annoying

    • Rebecca Swenor says

      My mother had this problem for years probably from having 5 kids. Therapy is the way to go if you can. I am glad my Obgyn had mentioned it to me. I think I am going through the (pre-mental pause) is what I call it. Get the heat flashes etc. after I turned 40.

    • melissa renee augustus says

      good to know

  5. CoffeeTime says

    PLEASE NOTE that these are discussions and not supervised by a medical professional lectures!
    If you have any medical problem – please see your Doctor!
    These discussions are ONLY for bringing awareness in us, women, that we need to pay attention to our health and well-being.

    What Treatments Are Available for Bladder Control Problems?
    Thank you WebMd for providing this information!

    Treatment depends on the kind of bladder control problem you have. Your doctor may recommend some of the following lifestyle changes:

    – – Strengthening pelvic muscles with Kegel exercises. These exercises strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. To do Kegel exercises, you squeeze and hold the pelvic muscles and then relax them. If you are unsure how to do Kegel exercises, ask your doctor for further instructions.
    – Training the bladder to hold more urine
    – Timed voiding
    – Weight loss for obese women may result in improved bladder control.

    If these simple treatments do not work, there are other options, including:

    – Medication such as Detrol, Vesicare, Toviaz, Ditropan, Myrbetriq, or Oxytrol. Oxytrol for women can be bought over the counter.
    – Botox, which can be injected into the bladder muscle causing it to relax, can be used in adults that do not respond to or cannot use the medications listed above.
    – Biofeedback, which is a method of learning to voluntarily control certain body functions with the help of a special machine
    – Electrical stimulation of pelvic muscles
    – A device inserted in the vagina to hold up the bladder (pessary)
    – A device inserted directly into the urethra to block leakage
    – Surgery to lift a sagging bladder or urethra into a better position

    • thia beniash says

      I used to think Kegel exercises were kind of a silly thing. Now I am learning that there truly are great benefits to it. Has anyone here faithfully done these and what did you notice to be the difference.

      • Jessica Parent says

        I have and I still pee myself much too often (at least once a week not pregnant and pregnant 7-10 xs a day 🙁 – The lady doc told me I have strong muscles in there (which helps to push babies out fast )…but hasn’t done much for my incontinence (if it has -I’d hate to see how frequently I’d pee myself without them-LOL)

        • Rebecca Swenor says

          I would ask about the therapy. There is muscles in front and in the back of this area and sometimes the muscles are just a sleep.

    • Amanda Alvarado says

      I do Kegel exercises (at least when I remember) – did them throughout my pregnancies and I still have “leakage”! I’ve also only had one baby naturally (at 30 weeks) so I know the muscles aren’t stretched!

    • Brianna Ketchum says

      Wow that’s amazing never knew all thes we treatments

    • oy! I ‘m sitting here at the computer and starting the kegels as we speak… do not want to go past that…

    • Jessica Parent says

      Hmmmm…maybe Im gonna have to look into that surgery and electrical stimulation (even though that one kinda sounds like it might be painful-lol) I also didn’t know there were so many treatments outside of kegals. May also have to ask about medicine-especially if this issue doesn’t mostly go away after I have this baby

    • kaen hinkle says

      yes I to do the kegals to I have taken Ditropan, it worked for a while but then it was making me feel like my stomach was a rock so stopped taking it so I am looking for a surigacial procedure

    • wendy c g says

      I do the kegel exercises, it helps some.

    • Good information.

    • Cynthia Dubuque says

      I’ve always done kegel exercises.. I like the idea of “timed voiding”… Yet another benefit of Botox!

    • I think I am going to go back to Kegels.. I stopped because it felt weird tightening my vagina lol.. and I may have to try some of the over the counter meds and see if that helps I would hate to have any kind of surgery

    • julie ferguson gould says

      Great information for me right now, Im getting up there in age and all these things are things happening to me. I appreciate this discussion it is really informative and I will put these things in my email for future use. Have to email it due to memory loss. 🙂 Thanks all for your great suggestions

    • I do kegels when I can remember to…I just hope I don’t end up like my aunt who had to have surgery to correct hers

    • Rebecca Swenor says

      The therapy also includes training your bladder to hold more and the timing how long you are going. If I can find my papers from therapy I will post them for everyone. I have to search for them though.

    • melissa renee augustus says

      wow i didnt know that

  6. CoffeeTime says

    PLEASE NOTE that these are discussions and not supervised by a medical professional lectures!
    If you have any medical problem – please see your Doctor!
    These discussions are ONLY for bringing awareness in us, women, that we need to pay attention to our health and well-being.

    Kegels Can Help Stress Incontinence
    Information is taken from Louise Chang, MD

    Strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor is crucial, experts agree.

    One recommended way to do that is through Kegel exercises, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

    INTRO INTO ANATOMY –> at the bottom of the pelvis, many muscle layers stretch between your legs, attaching to the pelvic bones at the front, back and sides. If you think of the muscles you would use to stop the flow of urine, those are the ones you will be targeting when doing your Kegels.

    HOW-TO’S –> Pull in or squeeze the muscles, pretending you are trying to stop urine flow. You should hold that squeeze for about 10 seconds. Follow that by a 10-second rest. How many? Try three to four sets of 10 squeezes a day, recommends the AAFP.

    • thia beniash says

      I have done them once in a blue moon, then it just goes to the bottom of the list of things to remember to do each day. Maybe I will try to start up again. thanks for the incentive.

    • Amanda Alvarado says

      Well guess I’m just not doing enough of them! Will have to start trying to remember to do them daily instead of just weekly! 😉

    • Brianna Ketchum says

      Wow I gurss I got do those how tos thing

    • Jessica Parent says

      I think kegals do help but they definitely have not cured my problem. I was unaware there were several other treatment options (def gonna be talking with the “lady doc” )

    • kaen hinkle says

      yes but you forget till you hear someone tell you and then you do it till you forget its like taking a pill if you forget it it don’t work and I am bad with taking meds

    • exactly it’s not a matter of doing it – it’s easy – it’s just remembering to do it.. I should probably just do it every time I pee – that’ll cover more than 3-4 times.

    • wendy c g says

      Great information, thank you.

    • Cynthia Dubuque says

      I think I’ll increase the frequency of my kegels

    • Awesome information.

    • I used to do kegels but maybe 4 or 5 at a time but it feels weird and so I stopped but know that I know it helps with incontenence I will start up again

    • julie ferguson gould says

      Hard as heck sometimes to try to hold or stop that urge and flow….but I try to remember to do it throughout the day.

      • Jessica Parent says

        Sometimes that’s when/how I squeeze those kegals in-while I’m peeing (on the toilet-theres no stopping the incontinence!! Lol) I figure I’ll remember better that way

    • I do them when I can remember. .which isnt very often. Guess I need to make more of an effort

    • Rebecca Swenor says

      Have the picture of that anatomy was important for me before doing exercises because I focused just on them muscles. Also therapist had said a lot of people think they are using them muscles during exercises but really they are using bum muscles.

  7. CoffeeTime says



    Alcoholic Bevereges
    They are dehydrating, meaning that amount of urine will be increasing and frequency of bathroom stops would go up as well.

    Coffee, Tea, Energy Drinks, Colas
    Caffeine stimulates the bladder and acts as a diuretic, producing more urine.

    Citrus Fruits and Juices (acidic foods)
    They can irritate the bladder. Cutting back on the amount could really help to control the bladder.

    Tomatoes (acidic food)
    Tomatoes and tomato-based foods can trigger urge and increase leakage.

    Cranberries and Cranberry Juice (acidic food)
    Great for bladder infection, right? But acidity can be trouble for those with overactive bladder.

    Spicy Foods
    Chilies, salsas, wasabi and more can trigger leakage. But taking small amounts with less “fire” would be still welcome, as we do want taste in our diets.

    Sugar and artificial sweeteners may trigger incontinence. Do some experimenting with drinks and foods and amounts you consume.

    Try cooking onions that may make them easier on your bladder.

    Banana, Grapes, Apples
    You are the only one who can determine in what quantities such foods can trigger incontinence. But it is beneficial to know the triggers.

    Aged Cheese and Sour Cream
    – Prunes
    – Condiments
    like soy sause, vinegar, hot sause, ketchup mayonnaise could aggravate your condition.
    Processed Foods

  8. Carol Yemola says

    Good luck, all!

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  10. Good morning, I know its 4-9 but yesterday going to work, I saw snowflakes.

  11. Brianna Ketchum says

    Well darn you took away most of my favorite food and drinks what can you eat

    • CoffeeTime says

      If you do not have this condition – you’re in the best spot ever!
      What could be done though with the intake of these foods is rationing them and eating less spiced version of them as well.
      But you gotta celebrate your health!

      • Replace it! replace it, everyone! you can’t cut things out of your diet without replacing them – it will most likely not work – you’ll feel like you’re missing! drink herbal teas or warm milk, drink virgin drinks, or minimal amounts of apple juice (dilute it) instead of coke – it’s much healthier! Eat as unprocessed as you can – in any case it’s healthier. find the foods that DO work for you and stick to those – with a STRICT diet due to migraines (the list is at least 4x as long as this) that was the only way I was able to stick to it and it’s life changing. Don’t focus on what you can’t eat – focus on what you CAN!! that’s the key!

        • CoffeeTime says

          AGREE with your words of wisdom, GRL!
          That’s why we have you here!

        • thia Beniash says

          Oh I need you yo move I and keep me on the straight and narrow! I have no will power

          • kaen hinkle says

            we are all here to help each other out and get such great input from these conversation thank you all for doing this so much great advice that we forget about till some one says something then we remember so thanks

  12. julie ferguson gould says

    GoodMorning Everyone having a great morning I hope 🙂

  13. Good morning, everyone!

  14. LaKishia Wagers says

    Good Morning all 🙂

  15. Rebecca Swenor says

    Here is something I just looked up about some treatments for incontinence.


  16. Good Luck Everyone!!!!

  17. Cynthia Dubuque says

    Congrats, Julie and Barbara! Not sure who Menu is, but congrats to you too!

  18. Rebecca Swenor says

    Congrats to all winners. 🙂

  19. Jessica Parent says

    WTG Julie , Barbara and Menu 😀 Congratulations

  20. julie ferguson gould says

    Thanks so very much…..Hard to choose they are all so cute but I will make sure I choose an send you a message soon.

  21. oh, and how’d you know my one and only is a boy?? lol

  22. Congratulations winners

  23. thia beniash says

    congrats winners, your kids are going to be sooo happy!

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