Myths and Facts About Incontinence.
Okay, Ladies, let’s debunk a few urinary incontinence myths together and get you on the right track for healthy and happy bladder management. If you are anything like me you know this is No Laughing Matter!
Well, it’s a no sneezing, laughing or jumping matter. Urinary incontinence can be embarrassing and difficult to talk about. If you have to cross your legs when you sneeze, worry about laughing to hard or maybe jumping and bouncing around leaves you feeling a little less fresh than before this is for you!
I know this is not a fun topic and maybe that’s why there are so many misconceptions today about it and the bladder control challenge we face or how common it truly is. I know as ladies we don’t like to talk about things like this but hey – I have had 4 babies and a hysterectomy so there is no sneeze, giggle or bounce that doesn’t go unnoticed if you know what I mean. <Wink, Wink>
So today, I would like to go over some Myths and Facts about incontinence. BUT First, I would like to remind you I am not a medical doctor and you should talk with your physician to address your concerns.
Let’s debunk the Myths with some Facts shall we?
Only elderly people experience urinary incontinence (YEAH I WISH)
Reality is at my 40th birthday I was laughing so hard with my sisters I was like pass me the paper towels I need a pad. Wouldn’t you know it we laughed harder and pointed at each other and yelled out “you too”! It was in that moment I no longer felt isolated.
So the facts are this even though the risk for 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 labor affecting pelvic floor support structures. Similarly, middle-aged women can experience incontinence at the onset of menopause due to a significant drop in estrogen levels. There are also medical conditions, such as obesity, that may lead to urinary incontinence symptoms.
So it’s not a oldlady thing at all.
You can’t enjoy life anymore (NOT TRUE)
I have accepted that this is what my life is and so I use pads. The pads allow me to excersise and play with my son. I even jump on the trampoline with him now.
You do not have to let your 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 things like 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.
You should drink as little as possible if you have a weak bladder (No way. My doctor has me drinking a Gallon of water a day!)
Look there’s no need to avoid drinking in order to reduce the urge to visit the bathroom. 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. Also try avoiding or reducing caffeine, citrus juices, alcohol and carbonated beverages.
Everyone will know you are wearing a “diaper” (NOPE, Most of the time when I have a pad on none knows not even my man!)
So you see this just simply not true! Just think about urinary incontinence products like menstrual pantiliners. 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.
I like that there are so many choices now and each product is designed for comfort and protection, providing more absorbent capacity than most women need. And they all help neutralize urine odors too.
There is nothing you can do at home to help minimize Incontinence. (HA! Laughable!)
There are many things you can do and here are a few:
Doing Kegel exercises.
If you have stress incontinence, Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles may help. Some women have urinary symptoms because the pelvic floor muscles are always tightened. In this situation, Kegel exercises will not help your urinary symptoms and may cause more problems. Talk to your doctor or nurse about your urinary symptoms before doing Kegel exercises.
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Next you can try Training your bladder. You can help control overactive bladder or urge incontinence by going to the bathroom at set times. Start by tracking how often you go to the bathroom each day in a bladder diary. Then slowly add about 15 minutes between bathroom visits. Urinate each time, even if you do not feel the urge to go. By gradually increasing the amount of time between visits, your bladder learns to hold more urine before it signals the need to go again.
Or try Losing weight. Extra weight puts more pressure on your bladder and nearby muscles, which can lead to problems with bladder control. If you have overweight, your doctor or nurse can help you create a plan to lose weight by choosing healthy foods and getting regular physical activity. Your doctor or nurse may refer you to a dietitian or physical therapist to create a healthy eating and exercise plan.
You can also try changing your eating habits. Drinks with caffeine, carbonation (such as sodas), or alcohol may make bladder leakage or urinary incontinence worse. Your doctor might suggest that you stop drinking these drinks for a while to see if that helps.
Here is one many don’t like to hear…You could quit smoking. Smoking can make many health problems, including urinary incontinence, worse.
Lastly you might need to treat constipation. Your doctor might recommend that you eat more fiber, since constipation can make urinary incontinence worse. Eating foods with a lot of fiber can make you less constipated.
What I want you to know is that incontinence is nothing to ruin your day about or feel bad about. You do not have to live quietly with incontinence. It might be cured, treated, or at least better managed if you talk to your doctor about what maybe causing your urinary issues and the best treatment solutions for you.
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