Although many find it an embarrassing topic to talk about, urinary incontinence is a part of life for many Canadians. It affects men and women of all ages, although it is more common amongst the older population. In fact, according to the Canadian Incontinence Foundation, there are currently more than 3.3 million Canadians affected by the condition.
What exactly is urinary incontinence?
Simply put, it is a loss of bladder control to a varying degree, depending on the person and cause. It can be caused by immobility because a person just cannot get to the bathroom on time; it can be a reaction to stress; or it can be caused by sudden bladder spasms, among other things. However, it is important to note that incontinence is not considered a disease but rather a symptom of another problem such as the weakening of the pelvic floor after childbirth or the enlargement of the prostate gland in older men. Because there are many potential causes of urinary incontinence, it is important to be assessed by a physician to rule out anything serious.
Regardless of the cause, urinary incontinence can be an extremely frustrating condition as it can interfere with daily activities.
What can be done about urinary incontinence?
There are several therapies for urinary incontinence, which may be effective depending on the cause. These range from Kegel exercises and bladder training to certain medications that help control bladder spasms. They may also include diet modifications, such as avoiding excessive caffeine and alcohol, and in some cases, surgery, which can help men with bladder control after prostate cancer.
There is also a range of incontinence supplies available, ranging from adult diapers and protective underwear to washable and disposable underpads that protect bedding and furniture. Although those afflicted with incontinence may be reluctant to use these products because of embarrassment or because their problem is a “minor one,” these products can greatly improve the lives of those with urinary incontinence. If you or a loved one would hesitate to go for a walk, visit a friend, or pick up a grandchild for fear of having an accident, then accessing the right therapies and/or getting the right incontinence supplies can greatly improve your life and mental and emotional health.
Urinary incontinence can usually be either cured or at least successfully managed. If you or a loved one is suffering from this condition, you should seek out the advice of a healthcare professional who can diagnose the cause and offer solutions.
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