Urinary Incontinence Misconceptions

Many misconceptions surround the subject of urinary incontinence.  Often people mistakenly think that incontinence cannot be avoided as you grow older. Because of this misconception many people fail to even mention the problem to their doctor. They view the problem as embarrassing, and since, in their mind, it is an invariable part of aging, they do not see much point in having the awkward and embarrassing discussion with their doctor. The problem with this train of thought is that nothing could be further than the truth. Quite frankly the sooner that you make your doctor aware of the situation , the sooner your doctor can help you to deal with the problem. Many instances of incontinence are curable, and all cases of urinary incontinence are manageable.

Sometimes relief from urinary incontinence problems can be found by instituting a simple lifestyle change. Spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol, can all irritate the bladder, which is a key trigger for urinary incontinence. So simply making some slight alterations to your diet might be all that it takes to make the difference between continence and incontinence.

Smoking and carrying too much weight are both contributing factors to incontinence, and both can be changed by the person suffering from incontinence. In general the healthier your habits are the better chance that you have of maintaining your urinary tract health.

Another misconception that is fairly common is that urinary incontinence only affects women. While it is true that women are two times more likely to find themselves dealing with the problems of incontinence there are literally millions of men in the world who are currently suffering from incontinence. Frequently the underlying causes for incontinence are very different for men and women, though the symptoms are equally debilitating, physically, emotionally and socially. Women tend to suffer in higher numbers from incontinence due to the strain that pregnancy and childbirth put on the body, and men frequently find themselves dealing with incontinence following prostate surgery. These are two very different ways of ending up with the exact, same problem.

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