Incontinence can be an embarrassing subject for many. Bladder control problems come in many shapes and sizes and afflict many, many people. Yet despite how common the problem is, incontinence sufferers often feel alone.
It’s human nature to fear that which we don’t understand. And when it comes to urinary incontinence, there are many myths out there to help fuel the fires of secrecy and humiliation.
At Cooper Medical Supplies, we deal with customer incontinence issues all the time. We know how common the problem really is and we’ve heard all the myths out there. So in this article, we’re going to debunk many of the most common incontinence myths!
First off, we often think of incontinence as a ‘rare’ problem.
Believe it or not though, 25 million Americans and nearly 3.5 million Canadians experience some form of incontinence!
In Canada, that’s 1 in every 10 people! Consider that one myth debunked.
(It’s also worth noting, many people are too embarrassed to come forward with their incontinence troubles, so the actual numbers may be even higher!)
The next myth is that incontinence only affects older people.
Not true. Incontinence can strike anyone at any age. One survey suggests 1 in 4 women over 18 suffer from leaky bladders!
Ok, how about this myth? Incontinence only comes on when the sufferer laughs, coughs or jumps around.
Nope, also not true!
While some suffer from ‘stress’ incontinence, others have what’s called ‘urge’ incontinence.
Think of urge incontinence as a communications breakdown between the brain and your bladder!
The sound of running water, drinking a small amount of liquid or even being confronted with a locked door can cause the brain to inadvertently send a signal to the bladder that it’s time to go!
Another myth is that stopping drinking liquids can help incontinence.
Not the case. In fact, drinking small amounts, consistently throughout the day can actually help bring incontinence under control and reduce odour.
So sip a drink between meals and be sure to drink 8 ounces of water when you do sit down to eat.
Finally, here’s the last myth – Try to not to do too much exercise as exercise can bring on incontinence.
It’s true, that some incontinence sufferers experience an increase in leakage with exercise. But a regular, moderate amount of exercise can actually help your incontinence and even reverse it!
So, as with so many things, you can’t always believe what you hear.
Incontinence is a real issue and the numbers of people with incontinence continues to rise. Incontinence sufferers are everywhere, so there’s no need to feel ashamed, embarrassed or alone if you suffer from bladder control problems.