Urinary incontinence is a condition that affects a person’s ability to control their bladder. For many, incontinence is a hush-hush topic that leads to misconceptions and assumptions about the condition. Here are three things you need to know about incontinence:
Urinary incontinence does not discriminate.
There’s a common misconception that incontinence only affects pregnant women and elderly adults. While these two groups do make up a majority of the incontinent group, the condition does affect men, teens, non-pregnant women – anyone, young or old. Causes of incontinence may include chronic constipation, spinal cord injuries, surgery, diet, and interstitial cystitis.
There are more options than just diapers. Here at National Incontinence, we carry a wide range of disposable diapers and briefs. But what people, especially those who are experiencing incontinence for the first time, may not know, is that there are other choices available besides thick diapers.
Washable incontinence underwear resemble regular underwear, but with added waterproof protection. Thin breathable pull ups allow users to feel dignified and confident in public outings. Incontinence pads are thin and discreet, perfect for light bladder leakage or urine dribbling.
Incontinence is not normal, but it’s treatable.
Pads and diapers allow people to manage their bladder control problems. For those who don’t want to wear absorbent undergarments, there are treatments available. Bladder retraining and kegel exercises can help people regain control of their leaky bladder. Diet changes, medication, and in some cases, surgery, are other treatment options for incontinence.
Some people wait years before they see a doctor for their bladder control problems. In fact, women wait almost seven years before getting help! This means suffering years of embarrassing accidents, running for the bathroom every hour, and declining party invitations for fear of ridicule. If you’re experiencing incontinence problems, please see a doctor – don’t let incontinence keep you from doing the things you love!