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Urinary incontinence is a taboo subject. Maybe it’s because we don’t talk about it enough that common myths still exist. It’s time to break the silence.
This is one of the most widely believed misconceptions. In fact, urinary incontinence affects one in three women over the age of 18. And nearly 50% of women under 40 who have given birth suffer from incontinence. Menopause can be a factor that causes urinary incontinence, but so can pregnancy, obesity or illness.
Absolutely not! Actually, the opposite is true. Drinking less water makes urine more concentrated, which can irritate the bladder and provoke incontinence. Additionally, urine that’s more concentrated can produce stronger odours which can be embarrassing if you suffer from incontinence. Make sure to stay hydrated. It’s better for your health.
Not necessarily. With good hygiene and the right odor eliminating leak protection, you don’t need to worry. If needed, you can change your protection several times a day.
Incontinence can be embarrassing. Some people affected will isolate themselves and avoid socializing out of fear. But incontinence shouldn’t prevent you from having a fulfilling social life. Protection products are now very discreet and go completely unnoticed. So there’s no reason to avoid going out.
Leaks can occur more frequently when you practice sports but that’s no reason to limit your physical activity. On the contrary! Sports help you develop your pelvic muscles so you can control them better. In addition, being physically active will help you lose weight which in turn will relieve the pressure on the bladder and reduce long-term incontinence. So grab the right protection and get moving!
There are three types of incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence occurs when you sneeze, cough or laugh. It’s the most frequent type of incontinence that affects women under 40. Urge incontinence happens when you have a strong need to urinate and have difficulty controlling your bladder. It is also known as “overactive bladder”.Mixed incontinence is a combination of both of the above.
There are several ways to treat incontinence. You can do pelvic floor exercises (Kegel) to strengthen your pelvic muscles. You can also opt for a prosthesis called a pessary. Or you can resort to surgery. In any case, start by having a conversation with your doctor to determine the right diagnosis.
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