It's been estimated that in the United States, more than 50% of women over the age of 65, and 25% of men over the age 65 experience some kind of urine incontinence. These cases can range widely from minor to severe incontinence.
What's worse is that because of the nature of the issue, many sufferers are reticent and unwilling to see a doctor about the problem because of embarrassment.
Urinary incontinence can really blight the life of a sufferer in all kinds of ways:
- Without proper protection, the individual can feel great physical discomfort and stress if their underwear is wet, and they worry about getting their surroundings wet as well
- The worry of visible signs of incontinence such as wet outer clothing, or smells, is unpleasant and adds to the general discomfort they are feeling
- Without protection, a simple trip like going to the local shops is a risk many sufferers aren't willing to take. The fear of embarrassment haunts them on a daily basis, and such simple tasks appear much more daunting than they would normally be
- Such a condition can turn a sociable person into a recluse, for fear of their condition getting in the way of everyday social activities
So what can be done if you are incontinent? The key challenge to overcome is embarrassment of the condition you have. This particular fear contributes to all of the above problems. The first key step to overcoming the fear is to talk to your doctor. They will be very familiar with urinary incontinence and can advise you medically on lifestyle changes to make your condition more bearable. Look online for support groups and help in your area. It's a very common problem after all. There's also urinary incontinence online forums if you're too afraid to leave your home for very long - you can find advice on things like where to buy reusable incontinence underwear, tips on overcoming panic attacks, that kind of thing.
They key thing is to get control over your life again by taking practical steps to minimize the impact urinary incontinence is having over your life. It's a common problem, and minimizing the problem can make a huge difference to the quality of your life. Article kindly provided by zorbies.com