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What can I do Myself?

There are different ways of handling the problem. The first thing you should do is to find out what kind of urinary incontinence you suffer from.

The survey below can be used to finding out whether you suffer from an overactive bladder or stress-triggered urinary incontinence.

Overactive bladder  Stress-triggered 
When I have to go - I have to go yes no
Am I always able to reach the toilet in time? no yes
I usually have to go to the toilet more than 8 times a day yes no
During the night I have to use the toilet more than two times yes no
I 'drip' during physical activity no yes
When I leak the size of the portion of urine is big small

It is important to know which kind of urinary incontinence you suffer from – it determines what you should do about it.

Therefore it can be a good idea to keep a fluid and urination table. When the table is filled out over 3 days, a pattern often emerges. You may be especially bothered by your troubles with urination if you have drunken particularly much or perhaps just particularly much before bedtime. A filled out fluid and urination table can help you gain an overview over your troubles with urination and at the same time give you a chance to change your drinking-pattern.

In the fluid and urination table you note every time you drink during the day. The amount is given in ml. For example, a beer contains 350 ml, a soda in a plastic bottle 500 ml and a large soda in a plastic bottle 1500 ml. a cup of coffee is usually 150 ml.

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