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Five Incontinence Facts You Need To Know

Five Incontinence Facts You Need To Know

June 28, 2012
  1. 13 million Americans have experienced a form of incontinence in their lifetime. Incontinence is defined as involuntarily leakage at least once over the past year. While incontinence is most common in elderly individuals, age is not always a factor. Many young adults can experience involuntary leakage as early as 18 years old. Incontinence is also very common following childbirth or invasive surgeries. The good news is that 80% of those who suffer from incontinence can be easily cured. There are numerous ways to resolve or even reverse incontinence. Talk with your health professional today to determine what resolution is best for you.
  2. 85% of incontinent Americans are women. Although women are twice as likely to experience incontinence than men, this condition still affects a remarkable amount of adult males. Incontinence happens to be so prevalent in women due to childbirth, as well as menopause. Childbirth and or invasive pelvic surgeries often lead to temporary, but reversible incontinence. Incontinence is also a symptom of menopause, and many women commonly experience involuntary leakage during this time.
  3. Incontinence is usually treatable. As previously mentioned, in 80% of cases incontinence can be reversed. There are three kinds of incontinence – stress, urge and overflow incontinence. All depending on the type and severity of incontinence, a variety of treatment options are available. Often times medications, muscle-strengthening exercises, a change in diet, or even surgery can be used to reverse incontinence. The single most important thing to do when you experience involuntary leakage is to speak with your doctor or health care professional. In many cases, each type of incontinence will have a different treatment, so it is best to consult with an expert who can tailor treatment to your individual needs.
  4. Incontinence is a symptom. One of the most common assumptions made about incontinence is that it is a disease. Incontinence is always a symptom of an underlying problem. Incontinence can be caused by a variety of things, including weakening muscles, pelvic or other invasive types of surgeries, childbirth, and medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, dementia, or diabetes.
  5. Living with incontinence can be manageable and stress free. When coping with persistent incontinence, there are many measures that can reduce stress and make incontinence more manageable. Simple life adjustments, such as a minor change in diet or liquid intake can have a significant affect on incontinence. Set bathroom schedules can also train the bladder to reduce leakage. There are also many advances in absorbent technology, making incontinence underwear discreet and stylish. Incontinence briefs and incontinence panties offer both fashion and function, offering a strong layer of protection while providing the appearance of normal underwear. These small measures will allow you to stay safe, dry, and protected all day long as well as let you enjoy normal activities stress-free.


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