Myth: Incontinence only happens to older people.
There are so many things that can lead to incontinence for both men and women. These triggers can happen at any age. According to the Mayo Clinic, what you eat and drink can have an effect on your bladder and increase symptoms of incontinence. Some of these triggers include alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks, artificial sweeteners, chocolate, chili peppers or highly acidic foods. In addition, certain medications or medical conditions can cause incontinence. Some of these include heart and blood pressure medications, sedatives, muscle relaxants, pregnancy, menopause, hysterectomy, enlarged prostate, prostate cancer or neurological disorders. So, don’t feel alone! These can happen to anyone at any time.
Myth: I have incontinence because my bladder is small.
It is highly unlikely that a person has a small bladder. Internal organs don’t tend to differ between people. Though, your bladder may function differently than someone else. If you are experiencing this, according to Harvard Health, your bladder can learn new tricks! First, for a few days, keep track of how often you urinate and calculate the average time that you wait in-between urinations. Then, based on your calculations, select a starting interval and increase the interval by 15 minutes every time you need to go. Over the next month, you may start to see a difference and experience fewer feelings of urgency.
Myth: I should drink less to stop my leaks.
This is not true, and you could experience dehydration. Keeping fluids in your body help with regulating body temperature, keeping joints lubricated and keeping organs functioning properly. Though, as mention above there are certain drinks to avoid such as highly caffeinated, carbonated or acidic. Continue to drink your 6-8 ounces of water a day. And remember that your urine can provide clues to check if you are well- hydrated. In general, your urine should be lighter in color- indicating you are properly hydrated.
Myth: My incontinence is permanent.
This is not always the case. If your incontinence is due to an infection or triggered by a food, then it may pass. If you are experiencing incontinence, talk to your doctor. There might be treatments such as medication, exercise, diet change or sometimes surgery that can treat both an illness or a bladder problem.
Myth: All incontinence should be treated the same way.
If you are experiencing incontinence, there are many options above diapers. Depending on your severity, your doctor can help you to find the right solution. Before your visit, do your research on products so you will have a few talking points and can quickly understand the product he is referencing. There are many over-the-counter solutions such as pads, diapers and guards that can help. In addition, there are some options that are covered by insurance such as condom catheters and Men’s Liberty. Last, your doctor may also suggest medications or surgery. It is important to do the research and understand all of your options when making your choice.
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