Urinary incontinence can be embarrassing and difficult to talk about. Maybe that’s why there are so many misconceptions today about bladder control challenges. Here are common myths and the truth behind them.
Myth 1: Only elderly people experience urinary incontinence
Although 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.
Myth 2: 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 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 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.
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. Also try avoiding or reducing caffeine, citrus juices, alcohol and carbonated beverages.
Myth 5: Everyone will know you are wearing a “diaper”
This is 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.
Always Discreet wants you to feel like your confident, feminine self again – despite leaks. That’s why we’ve developed a variety of incontinence products. For lighter leaking, you may like Always Discreet liners. For a bit more coverage, try Always Discreet pads.
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 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 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.