The Emotional Aspects of Urinary Incontinence

The Emotional Aspects of Urinary Incontinence

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Man DepressedWhen considering urinary incontinence, the first details that normally come to mind are the physical signs. While the tangible symptoms are a defining factor, there are emotional and psychological consequences of this condition that are potentially even more unpleasant than the physical symptoms themselves.

In a 2011 study conducted by Amy J. Sinclair and Ian M. Ramsay, the authors discovered that women with urinary incontinence have a significantly poorer quality of life than their continent counterparts.

Emotional symptoms of incontinence can include the following:

  • Humiliation and/or stigma
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Social and recreational withdrawal
  • Fear and anxiety related to being incontinent in public
  • Depression or other psychological morbidity
  • Reduced intimacy, affection and physical proximity

Moreover, there was a variation in the intensity of the emotional elements depending on the specific medical condition. Women with overactive bladder are likely to suffer greater psychological distress than those with stress incontinence.

How to manage the emotions

An article from WebMD recommends several methods for easing the anxiety and stress that accompanies urinary incontinence:

  • Get counseling.
  • Practice meditation and other relaxation techniques.
  • Express your feelings at a support or community group.

Manage the condition itself with incontinence products

The anxiety of having an accident in public is no small matter, and that fear can be remedied with use of the right incontinence products. Many of our customers have submitted rave reviews about Tranquility Products’ adult diapers and supplies. With briefs, undergarments and pads in multiple sizes and impressive absorbencies even under pressure, we guarantee that there is an item that will quell your fears and give back some of the peace you miss. A sampling of our line:

There can be a return to comfort and happiness. Order an adult diaper sample or find where to buy Tranquility Products near you.

 

References:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1576/toag.13.3.143.27665/pdf

http://www.webmd.com/urinary-incontinence-oab/features/oab-stigma

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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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