What can be done to prevent the condition?
There are ways to prevent urinary incontinence:
Urinating at regular intervals before the urge occurs can help.
Exercising the muscles of the pelvic floor can help. To feel how these muscles work, a person can simply stop the flow of urine while urinating. This exercise should be practiced several times a day to strengthen the muscles.
Drinking 1 or 2 glasses of cranberry juice each day will help prevent infection.
Drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day will keep the urine dilute.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Depression is a common long-term effect for people with incontinence. The condition interferes with normal activities of daily living. Without correct diagnosis and treatment the problem will get worse and will be even more difficult to treat.