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Myths about urinary incontinence

20, April | No comments
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It is inevitable to search information when we suffer a problem. We search the Internet and read everything we can and consequently sometimes we read untrue information.

Urinary incontinence affects more people than we think because it is quite rare to find someone talking about it openly so today we will focus our attention to the most common myths.

 

  1. Only older people get it

Most people usually associate urinary incontinence with aging but many people, who suffer from urinary, are young.

Urinary incontinence is not related with aging but with weakening of the pelvic floor. There are some factors which can cause incontinence such as pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, chronic cough, menopause, extreme sports or constipation. While it is true aging is another factor, it is no true you are destined to suffer incontinence at certain age. Furthermore, there are some methods to prevent or avoid it.

  1. It is just a women´s problem

Because of information failure, men are less likely to talk about it, but men suffer from incontinence as well. In this post you will find more information about male incontinence.

  1. Urinary incontinence is not serious

The truth is our quality of life will be affected since because of the fear of leaking, you will stop doing activities you like and your self confidence may be lessened, and it should not be like that.

  1. I will have to stop doing things

As we mentioned, many people stop doing things because the fear of leaking or odor but you do not have to. There are some devices for women and men which improve the quality of life. There are tampons and umbrellas for female incontinence and urethral closure band for men which avoid leaking of urine so we can stop worrying about incontinence and be ourselves again.

  1. There are no treatments

There are treatments which can improve and treat incontinence. Each person has different necessities so there is not just one treatment.

There are electrostimulators for both women and men which treat incontinence. However, it is important to check with your doctor in order to seek advice and the treatment which suits your needs.

  1. You should drink as little as possible

It is a rather common mistake thinking that if we drink less fluid we will improve incontinence. If you do not drink, the urine will be more concentrated and incontinence will get worse.

Drinking water is fundamental to keep you well hydrated and to avoid constipation, but we recommend you to try not to drink from 6-7 pm in order to get a good night´s sleep.

  1. Menstrual pads also work for incontinence

Many women use menstrual pads for incontinence either because they have it on hand or because they feel embarrassed to buy incontinence pads in the stores. But these kinds of pads do not work for incontinence.

Besides, pads are not very comfortable to wear, cause annoying odors and can be irritating to women with sensitive skin. That is why we recommend you to use tampons or umbrellas for incontinence since they are not felt or seen, they are comfortable to wear and prevents odor and wet.

  1. Urinary incontinence is normal with the menopause

It is true that with menopause women experience hormonal changes, weakening pelvic muscles which might cause incontinence but you must take into account that menopause is not a synonymous of incontinence, it is just a factor which might cause it.

 

 

 

We hope this post has been useful and we would like to remain you that incontinence can be treated and you can prevent it, so do not wait and seek solutions! In a previous post we explained you how to exercise your pelvic floor in order to prevent urinary incontinence.

 

The purpose of this post is purely informative. It does not replace a medical consultation.

 

 

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