Toileting & Incontinence

  • Try a regular schedule for going to the bathroom (for example every two hours).
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, and cola, which may worsen problems.
  • If getting up at night to use the bathroom is problem, limit evening fluids 2 hours before bedtime.
  • Frequency and urgency with burning pain are symptoms of a urinary tract infection. If you experience these symptoms, call your health care provider.
  • You may also consider using an incontinence product such as a pad or shield to help if you are prone to accidents. You can find these products at your local drug store.

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Medical content reviewed by: Nina Browner, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in North Carolina and by Fernando Pagan, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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