Shame. Shame. Shame. Well… not anymore.
The thing you need to realize about urinary incontinence is that it’s a hidden condition. This is both good and bad. It’s good in that you are not the only person in this world suffering from bladder issues; other people have it too. But it’s bad because no one talks about it. And so you feel like you are the only person in the world with an incontinence condition.
Since most people with this condition would want as little people as possible to know that they have it, they keep it secret. Technology has allowed adult incontinence products to become so thin, so discrete, that you won’t even notice when your friends are wearing them. So what ends up happening is two people, both belonging to the same social group, ashamed to admit their hidden condition, do not know that the other is suffering from incontinence!
Quality Male & Female Incontinence Products
Today, male and female incontinence products have empowered people to live better lives. One need no longer feel embarrassment when going outside because the absorbent material can keep you dry all day. If you do have a leakage accident it will not be noticed by the people around you. When exerting yourself by exercising, dancing or laughing you no longer need to fear that your “secret” will be discovered. That’s how good these products have become. You’re able to wear them all day, in full confidence that your condition will not give you away.
Decades ago, individuals wearing adult incontinence products stuck out like a sore thumb. Disposable diapers and other products would bunch up and cluster around the waist. Even the most untrained eye could pick up on the fact that you had a noticeable bulk around your pants or knickers. Moreover, the female and male incontinence products of yesteryear did not have odor absorption materials…so if you had an accident on a crowded bus, the smell would make it known, and people would turn to you.
But perhaps it being a simpler time, this allowed for more interaction. If a group of seniors, for example, saw that one of their friends looked to be wearing incontinence wear, they might have been more motivated to open up about their own incontinence issues. So the fact that one could easily be spotted wearing incontinence products might one not feel so alone. But this is a farfetched idea.
What we need as a society is more dialogue and awareness around the issues surrounding bladder incontinence. The emotional burden of dealing with incontinence does not have to be carried alone. Nor do we need to go backwards in technology in order to feel closer to our peers. Urinary incontinence affects millions of people in the United States. A 2007 study done in the U.S. reported a cost-of-illness of $66 billion dollars (Source).
There’s no need to feel shame. Because chances are your neighbor, or best friend, or family member could be worried by incontinence issues too. Wearever attempts to bring such discussion to the forefront of society by providing resources on our blog and encouraging an open dialogue.