There are a lot of misconceptions about incontinence. It can be hard to tell where the truth lies. So, whether you’re living with incontinence or caring for someone who is, check out a few debunked myths to help you keep the facts straight:
1. Myth: To avoid urinary leaks, don’t drink much water.
- Reality: It is still very important to consume enough fluids to stay hydrated. Instead, consider drinking water at times when you know you will have easy access to a nearby restroom. It’s also recommended people living with incontinence limit food and drinks that can acerbate incontinence symptoms such as alcoholic beverages, caffeine and acidic foods.
2. Myth: Surgery is the only option for treating urinary incontinence.
- Reality: In addition to surgery, there are also other treatment options for incontinence, including medication, exercise, and diet modification and lifestyle changes. The Mayo Clinic shared this extensive list of treatment options to evaluate what may work best for you with your own physician
3. Myth: Urinary incontinence or leakage isn’t something I need to bring up with my doctor.
- Reality: Even though you may feel embarrassed discussing your incontinence, it’s important you consult with your doctor because incontinence could indicate a more serious underlying condition. Your doctor can suggest treatment options, prescribe medication or connect you with a specialist if appropriate.
4. Adult diapers or sanitary napkins are the only option for adults with urinary incontinence.
- Reality: You are not bound to the crinkly, bulky and uncomfortable disposable products. Wearever offers an alternative – real underwear featuring a sewn-in super absorbent Unique-dri™ pad, which traps liquid for built-in, all-day protection. These incontinence panties and men’s incontinence briefs are comfortable, look and feel just like traditional underwear while providing protection for leaks.
5. Myth: Incontinence only occurs in seniors.
- Reality: While urinary incontinence is common in older adults, it can affect men and women of any age. Incontinence in women can occur during and immediately after pregnancy. Additionally, a number of other health concerns are associated with urinary incontinence, including ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. There are an estimated 30 million Americans living with some level of urinary incontinence.