Myths about urinary incontinence in women

Myths about urinary incontinence in women

5 Myths about Urinary Incontinence

5 Myths about Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence can be difficult to talk about. Maybe that’s why there are so many misconceptions today about bladder control challenges. Below, we bust the most common incontinence myths to get you on the right track for healthy urinary incontinence management. We’ve also got GP and campaign ambassador Dr Sarah Jarvis on hand to share her top tips for taking care of your sensitive balder.

Dr Sarah Jarvis says:

“I’ve been a doctor for 30 years and a GP for 25 and that means I have seen an awful lot of women who experience AI. In fact, it is a condition which affects millions of women of all ages across the UK.

Adult incontinence seems to be one of the last taboos in our society meaning many women feel too embarrassed to confide in their friends, partners or even their GP, leaving them feeling isolated and alone.

Not being able to wear the clothes you want, becoming less active, limiting your social occasions and ultimately fearing your body is going to let you down at every turn, can be an everyday experience if you have a sensitive bladder.

However, there is help at hand. Making simple lifestyle changes, doing your pelvic floor exercises, getting specialist help if you need it and using products like Always Discreet for Sensitive Bladder, that provides women with bladder leaks with the protection and discretion they really need, enables women to be confident enough to move at the speed of life with nothing holding them back."

THE MYTHS

Myth 1. Only elderly people experience urinary incontinence
Although the risk for urinary incontinence goes up as you age, any woman can face incontinence at a number of different stages throughout her life. In fact, bladder weakness affects 1 in 3 women over the age of 18. Young women, for example, can experience sensitive bladder symptoms after childbirth as a result of pregnancy and labour affecting pelvic floor support structures. Similarly, middle-aged women can experience incontinence at the onset of menopause due to a significant drop in oestrogen levels. There are also medical conditions, such as obesity, that may lead to urinary incontinence symptoms at different ages.

Myth 2. Urinary Incontinence is a disease of its own
Urinary incontinence can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as prolapse, or a disease that affects your bladder or the way your body produces urine. That’s why it’s so important that you talk to your doctor. He or she can help you make sure your urinary incontinence isn’t a sign of a larger health concern.

Myth 3. You can’t enjoy life anymore
You do not have to let your urinary incontinence stand in your way of your everyday activities or social life. Even though your bladder may seem out of control, remember that you can still take over. In addition to using Always Discreet’s sensitive bladder protection products, you can help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles through daily pelvic floor exercises. If symptoms persist, your doctor can also help you find the source of the problem, or refer you to a specialist physiotherapist.

Myth 4: You should drink as little as possible if you have a weak bladder
There’s no need to avoid drinking in order to reduce the urge to visit the loo. Keep hydrated! Drinking a lot of water can increase the frequency and urgency of urination, but not consuming enough can make your urine more concentrated, both of which can boost your chances of bladder irritation and heighten your risk of incontinence. Also, drinking water can help reduce odors. Get into the habit of sipping water between meals, and not having anything to drink two hours before bed. If you have to rush to the loo often, try avoiding caffeine, citrus juices, alcohol and carbonated beverages and see if it helps.

Myth 5. Everyone will know you are wearing a “nappy”
This is simply not true! Just think about urinary incontinence products like menstrual panty liners. You’ve been wearing them your whole life and no one noticed, right? It’s just a matter of trying out a few products and finding the one that fits you.

Always Discreet wants you to feel like your confident, feminine self again – despite leaks. That’s why we’ve developed a whole line of incontinence products that seem like anything but a diaper. For lighter leaking, you may like Always Discreet panty liners. For a bit more coverage, try Always Discreet pads. And for maximum protection, try Always Discreet underwear, which provides our most absorbent leak protection.

Each product is designed for comfort and protection, providing more absorbent capacity than most women need. And they all help neutralize urine odors too. Find the right Always Discreet incontinence product for you and start living again like bladder leaks are no big deal.

The truth about urinary incontinence
Here’s one truth you shouldn’t forget: you do not have to live quietly with urinary incontinence. It might be cured, treated, or at least better managed. So talk to your doctor right away about what maybe causing your urinary issues and the best treatment solutions for you.

Top tips for taking care of your sensitive bladder from Campaign Ambassador and GP Dr Sarah Jarvis

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

Share how you are feeling with someone. If you feel too embarrassed to speak to a loved one then set up an appointment with your GP.

SET A SCHEDULE

Your bladder is trainable: if you’re troubled by needing to pass water very often and needing to rush to the toilet, talk with your doctor about a daily schedule to build up your bladder’s holding capacity. Remember; allow your bladder to empty completely each time you go to the toilet.

BYE, BYE BARISTA

Caffeine, alcohol and fizzy drinks could be your new worst enemies– they can irritate a sensitive bladder. Everyone with sensitive bladder could benefit from cutting down on alcohol. If your symptoms include needing to rush to the loo, try limiting those coffees, teas and carbonated beverages for a week or two to see if it helps.

REGULAR RELAXATION

If you experience anxiety, worry and concern because of your sensitive bladder, mental relaxation can be a very valuable aid. Avoid worrying about problems excessively. Deliberately include activities in your daily life that bring you pleasure for example meeting friends, going to the cinema or taking a walk.

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