Loss of bladder control — also known as urinary incontinence — is often an embarrassing problem not talked about. From an occasional leak of urine caused by a sneeze or cough to having to rush to the bathroom once the urge to urinate comes on, the severity can vary.
However, there are several new forms of therapy and lifestyle changes many can consider, yet knowledge is still lacking due to common misconceptions. So when it comes to urinary incontinence, we want to separate the myths from the facts:
Top Myths About Bladder Control
MYTH: It’s just a part of aging.
Though many think it’s just something that comes as we age, it should not be a regular part of the aging process. This mindset is what leads many to avoid treatment, too. There are several reasons one can suffer from urinary incontinence, such as obesity, anxiety, or nerve damage.
For women, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause can also be the cause.
For men, prostate problems may be the issue. Luckily, there are several changes, such as dietary changes, therapies, and for more severe cases, surgeries that can help alleviate or dull the issue.
MYTH: The only option is surgery.
Though surgery might be useful for some, it’s not the only treatment for incontinence. There are a variety of therapies and medications that should be exhausted before surgery is considered. Even if therapies are unsuccessful, and surgery is suggested, today’s advancements have made surgery more minimally invasive and safer for those in their later years.
MYTH: Drinking less will stop your leaks.
One of the most common misconceptions is that by lowering your fluid intake, you’ll produce less urine and reduce the severity of your incontinence. However, According to the National Association For Continence, when you drink less, your urine becomes more concentrated, which can irritate the bladder and often worsen the problem. It’s essential to stick to your recommended fluid intake and use the restroom every two hours.
MYTH: It’s a permanent situation.
Many have seen great success with women’s therapies and, for older adults, careful assessment and a treatment plan are vital. In fact, with the right treatment plan, and for some, a combination of treatments, symptoms may subside.
Kirby Medical Center, Women’s Health Physical Therapy Services are targeted to help increase your quality of life. We can help improve issues such as pelvic pain and urinary dysfunction; you’ll experience care in a comfortable and discreet environment. Find out more about Piatt County Women’s Health Therapy
or call (217)762-1830 today!