Winter and incontinence - tips to manage OAB During Cold Weather
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Winter and Incontinence - 5 Tips to Manage OAB During Cold Weather

by Gary Sattin on Nov 29, 2023

Have you ever noticed that your incontinence seems to get worse in winter?

We all know how tempting it is to warm up with a cup of tea or coffee or maybe even a boozy eggnog during the winter months, but unfortunately, those drinks can make bladder problems even worse.


 Incontinence Solutions for the Winter Months and Cold Weather 

There are ways to deal with incontinence during the winter months, and we've covered them all in this article.

From tips on staying warm to managing fluid intake, we've got you covered in this article on managing incontinence in winter. So, don't let winter stop you from living your life to the fullest.

Stay warm to relax your bladder muscles and reduce urgency.
Watch your weight gain, as it can put pressure on your bladder leading to leaks.
Irritating foods like tomatoes, chocolate, spicy food, cranberries and hot chocolate should be avoided for a comfortable winter.
Alcohol might irritate your bladder - stock up on Total Dry products as an extra precaution.

 Tips to Manage OAB During Cold Weather

Stay Warm

1. Outsmart the chill: how to use warmth to manage incontinence

Brrr, the cold weather can really sneak up on us sometimes! But did you know it can also cause muscle tension around the bladder?
One of the best things you can do to manage incontinence during the colder months is to stay warm. It may seem like common sense, but did you know that cold weather causes your muscles to tense up?

And since OAB is caused by muscle spasms, this can lead to even more urgency and incontinence. So, it’s time to put on those cozy coats and bundle up! The warmer you are, the more relaxed your muscles will be, and the more control you’ll have over your bladder.

The warmer you are, the more relaxed your muscles will be, and the easier it will be to take control of your bladder.

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2. Don't Let Weight Gain Leave You Vulnerable to Bladder Issues

Winter can be a challenging time when it comes to dealing with bladder problems. One thing to keep in mind is that weight gain can make bladder issues even worse.

With all the delicious comfort food available in the winter, it's easy to put on a few extra pounds. But carrying excess weight can put pressure on your bladder, leading to leaks and other issues.

It's all too easy to indulge in comforting, high calorie foods when it's cold outside, but all that extra weight can put pressure on your bladder and make leaks more likely.


3. Keep Irritating Foods at Bay for a Comfortable Winter 

Who doesn't love a warm, comforting meal during the cold winter months? It's tempting to indulge in all the comfort foods this time of year.  But did you know that some of these foods can actually irritate your bladder?

Avoid these comfort foods to keep your bladder healthy

Tomatoes, chocolate, and spicy foods are all known irritants, so it's best to give them a pass this winter season.

While many tout their healing powers for urinary tract infections, they too can be acidic enough to potentially irritate the bladder.


4. Keep incontinence at bay this winter: Know which drinks to stay away from

As the temperature drops and the wind chill factor rises, nothing beats the comfort of a warm drink on a cold winter day. Who can resist a cup of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and marshmallows?

But for those with an overactive bladder, even this winter staple can cause irritation.

Hot chocolate, like coffee and tea, contains caffeine, which can worsen incontinence. 

Indulge in Delicious Chocolate Without the Bladder Irritation

If you're not ready to give up chocolate altogether, consider trying white chocolate (which typically doesn't contain caffeine) or dark chocolate (which satisfying the craving with smaller amounts)


Feeling Bladder Pain? Alcohol Might Be the Culprit 

Winter is the season for celebration, which often means plenty of holiday dinners and parties- which, let's be real, usually involve some kind of adult beverage.

But if you have an overactive bladder, you might want to think twice before indulging in that glass of red wine or spiked eggnog.

Alcohol can be a major irritant for your bladder, leading to some unwanted leakage and discomfort. Not exactly the festive feeling we're going for...

 Celebrate without the worry of an overactive bladder 

That doesn't mean you have to say no to every glass of red wine or gluntwein, but it's a good time to stock up on trusted incontinence products like Total Dry, just in case.

Let's enjoy the season without worrying about leaks!

5.   Beat the Cold and Stay Dry with Incontinence Products

As the temperature drops, it's important to take extra care of ourselves - coughs and colds are rife this time of year. Coughing and sneezing can put a downward pressure on your bladder, which can result in leaks.

Get Relief from Urinary Incontinence This Cold Season

But don't worry - by practicing daily pelvic floor exercises, you can strengthen the muscle and reduce your risk of incontinence. For added protection, you might want to consider one of Total Dry's products.

These products can handle the thinner, faster flow of urinary incontinence, which is especially useful if you're fighting a cold. Not only will these products keep you dry and odor-free, they'll also give you peace of mind.

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And if you're not sure where to start, don't worry – Total Dry offers samples so you can find the product that best suits your needs.

Beat the chill this winter and stay in control of your incontinence with these tips:

Stay Warm: Cold weather can cause muscle tension, leading to more bladder issues. Wrap up in cozy coats to stay warm and keep your muscles relaxed.

Lose Weight: Winter's delicious comfort foods are tempting, but can lead to added weight and pressure on the bladder. Avoid gaining extra weight to help control bladder problems.

Avoid Irritating Foods: Some "comfort" foods in winter such as tomatoes, chocolate, and spicy food can irritate your bladder. Cranberries can be acidic enough to potentially irritate the bladder as well.

Drinks: Hot chocolate, coffee, tea and alcohol all contain caffeine which can worsen incontinence symptoms. Opt for a cup of white or dark chocolate instead of hot chocolate for some indulgence without irritation.

Invest in Premium Incontinence Products: Coughing and sneezing from colds put pressure on the bladder leading to leaks. Daily pelvic floor exercises are recommended along with protective products like Total Dry for added relief and peace of mind.

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