Although regarded as a medical problem associated with old age, incontinence does affect people in their twenties. In addition to physically dealing with incontinence, young adults often carry feelings of shame and embarrassment due to bladder control issues. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding incontinence (as well as its reputation for happening only to elderly people) frequently prevents younger people from enjoying the active, social life they should be experiencing at what is the most exciting and adventurous time of their lives.
When Incontinence Leads to Depression
Men and women in their twenties who suffer incontinence often avoid social situations and entering intimate relationships. The consequences of social withdrawal and lack of meaningful communication with others can eventually lead to feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and in extreme cases, clinical depression requiring medication and counseling.
What young people should know above all is that incontinence is nothing to be ashamed of and that help with living a normal, full life with the condition is readily available. Incontinence can be managed successfully. It does not need to negatively impact their quality of life or their ability to enjoy satisfying relationships, pursue the career of their dreams, get married, or have healthy children.
More People Cope with Incontinence Everyday Than You Think!
Remember you are not alone. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, over 10 million Americans suffer from a urinary incontinence condition serious enough to require them to use products specifically created to help them successfully manage their condition.
What Causes Incontinence in Young Adults?
Technically, incontinence is not a disease but the symptom of an underlying disorder that interferes with normal functioning of the bladder. Conditions that often cause incontinence in young adults include:
- Neurological disorders (Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or early-onset stroke)
- Spinal injuries that inhibit nerve signals responsible for regulating bladder control
- Invasive pelvic surgery
- Progressive congenital birth defects
Incontinence Management Techniques
When medication, surgery, or pelvic floor exercises fail to help reliably control incontinence, young adults can rely on wearable incontinence products especially designed to prevent accidents from occurring 24 hours a day. No longer bulky, uncomfortable, or noticeable under clothing, wearable incontinence products offer excellent protection from accidental leakage to leave one feeling confident and self-assured about their condition.
Additional advice for dealing with incontinence without using medication or resorting to surgery includes wearing high-quality incontinence undergarments and:
- Avoiding medications that promote incontinence (antidepressants, allergy/antihistamines, cold and flu preparations)
- Practicing “double” urinating (after urinating, wait several seconds and try urinating again. This not only completely empties the bladder but can help reduce instances of urinary tract/bladder infections)
- Reducing consumption of caffeinated, acidic and sugary foods
- Learning to deal with feelings of urgency by taking deep, slow breaths to relax or distracting yourself by doing something that requires concentration.
- Losing weight (always check with your doctor before beginning a diet and exercise plan)
Although it may seem counterintuitive, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water each day can prevent irritation of the bladder lining that often causes “urge incontinence”.
Regardless of why someone in their twenties is incontinent, this condition is entirely manageable by using practical and effective methods that allow the person to retain their dignity, self-respect and the love and respect of others.