• Lifestyle Modifications

  • Lifestyle and Behavioral Changes to Improve Pelvic Health

    You can help control pelvic floor disorder symptoms by making lifestyle and behavioral changes like these:

    • Diet and fitness. For many women, a healthy diet and fit lifestyle really makes a difference in controlling their pelvic health disorder symptoms
    • Lose weight if you are overweight. Weight loss can help improve urine leakage along with pelvic muscle strengthening and other behavioral changes. If you are overweight, as little as a 5 to 10 percent reduction in your weight will reduce weekly incontinence episodes by more than half. In addition to stressing the pelvic floor, obesity affects the normal functioning of the nerves and muscles in your genital tract. This further increases your risk for pelvic floor disorders.
    • Manage fluid intake. The specific recommendation for fluid intake relates to your specific symptoms. For urinary incontinence, not overdoing the fluids can translate to less trips to the bathroom.  Also, restricting drinking after dinner can help reduce the number of trips to the bathroom at night. For women struggling with constipation, increasing fluids is often recommended.
    • Be diet savvy. Women with urinary incontinence find it helpful to reduce bladder irritants, including caffeine found in coffee, tea, chocolate, cola and some energy drinks and artificial sweeteners. These foods may cause bladder muscle spasms, which can make you suddenly feel like they have to urinate.
    • Eat plenty of fiber daily to avoid constipation. You may also need to use a stool softener if you continue to struggle with constipation to avoid excessive straining with bowel movements.
    • Adjust physical activity. Regular physical activity helps keep bowel movements normal. Being active also helps with maintaining a normal body weight, decreasing your risk for urinary incontinence. However, high-intensity exercises (e.g., CrossFit) can put pressure on your pelvic floor and increase your risk for incontinence problems.
    • If You Smoke, Quit Now. The risk for pelvic floor disorders doubles for women who smoke.

  • Pelvic Health Center

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    Phone: 303-925-4038
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    Westminster, CO 80021

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