Busting the Myths About Incontinence

Busting the Myths About Incontinence

Facts Myths

Facts MythsIncontinence is a subject that is not freely and comfortable spoken about in public even though this condition affects about 25 million people in the United States. There are also plenty of myths and beliefs out there that are not 100% correct. Here are 6 busted myths about incontinence from the Incontinence Institute.

  1. Myth: It’s only for old people.
    Fact: One in four women over 18 leak urine involuntarily.
  2. Myth: You should drink as little as possible.
    Fact: It is vital to stay hydrated, just try to not over drink.
  3. Myth: It’s uncommon.
    Fact: Urinary incontinence affects 200 million people worldwide.
  4. Myth: Men don’t experience incontinence often.
    Fact: About 20% to 25% of Americans with incontinence are men.
  5. Myth: It’s just embarrassing.
    Fact: It’s a serious condition that severely affects a person’s quality of life.
  6. Myth: You just have to live with it.
    Fact: There are many ways urinary incontinence can be greatly reduced or eliminated with proper treatment.

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Popular Questions

Health

Overflow incontinence is involuntary urination. The bladder muscles are unable to contain urine under pressure and feel like the bladder is unable to be emptied completely.

No. Cutting back on fluid intake can lead to dehydration, constipation and irritation of the bladder. It is true that certain types of fluids should be avoided such as alcohol and caffeine that irritate the bladder.

Products

No, doubling up on products that contain a moisture barrier will not increase absorption. Briefs, disposable underwear and pads/ liners are typically designed with a moisture proof backing that stops the urine from passing through. This approach to adding more capacity or addressing leakage concerns only works if the second product is a “flow-through” design with no moisture proof backing.

Latex-Free means that the product is not made from natural rubber (latex) or doesn’t contain any natural rubber.

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