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Incontinence Myths

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Despite several research studies into the causes, symptoms, and treatment of incontinence, its incidence is on the rise among older adults. Several reasons have been attributed to such occurrences such as insufficient knowledge about the cause of such incontinence, the reluctance of the patient to discuss the condition with the patients, inadequate care for the treatment and prevention of such occurrence. In addition to that, there are several myths and misconceptions surrounding such incontinence problems that make the situation even worse. So, these misconceptions need to be addressed to make patients aware of their condition and show them the possible ways to get rid of such problems. Some of the myths surrounding incontinence are as follows –

Myth-1: Incontinence Naturally Comes with Aging

A nationwide survey of people, both men, and women, by the National Association for Continence’s (NAFC), reveals that one-third of the population believes that incontinence is an inevitable part of aging, especially older women. While it can be said that the bodily changes that we experience with aging may increase vulnerability to incontinence, it does not mandatorily establish the occurrence of such a problem. Symptoms of problems with bowel and bladder control should be considered as clear medical indications for incontinence.

Myth-2: There Is No Treatment for Incontinence in Older Adults

This is not true as older people with incontinence problems can be treated and cured successfully. Older people with incontinence problems need to be carefully assessed to determine the actual cause of such occurrences. With careful diagnosis and treatment, incontinence can be restricted or completely reversed. Most physicians prefer a combination of options to follow an effective treatment option.

Myth-3: Drinking Less Fluid Will Minimize Incontinence Problems

Many older adults have a misconception that drinking less fluid will minimize their problems of incontinence. But this, in fact, can make the situation even worse. Limiting the intake of fluids can lead to more concentrated urine, which can irritate the bladder and worsen the situation. Drinking adequate water and making trips to the bathroom after every two hours keeps the urine diluted and maintains a normal bladder capacity.

Myth-4: Surgery Is the Only Successful Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

Although surgery is getting less invasive with the advancement in technology, for older adults, it is often the last option exercised. Physicians often combine various non-invasive techniques such as lifestyle modifications, behavioral intervention, medications, exercises, etc. to address problems of incontinence. Absorbents like diapers are used as supplemental factors to restrict the associated problems. It is necessary to inform the public or patients with incontinence problems about the various no-invasive and self-treatment options available so that they are not forced to take up the high-risk invasive surgical procedures.

The Truth Behind the Incontinence Problem

Forget all myths and misconceptions. You need not live an embarrassing life with incontinence. It can be treated, cured, or at least restricted. Instead of shying away with your problem, talk to a doctor, and get your problem addressed so that you can have the best urinary treatment solution for you.

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