Navigating the world around us can be hard at times, but introduce the issue of incontinence and it may seem even impossible. Managing incontinence is not a one-size-fits-all solution for everyone, so developing a multifaceted plan can be beneficial to everyone. We here at HPFY can give you all the information you need to develop your own incontinence management plan.
Who hasn’t felt the pressing need to find a bathroom in a hurry? We all have, but does this mean we suffer from incontinence? Actually, the answer is no. Incontinence (urinary or fecal) is a medical condition where we have diminished control over our body’s ability to expel waste, most commonly urine. There are numerous causes for incontinence, and they can include:
Incontinence can be temporary in the case of a UTI or constipation but can be more persistent as we age or develop other health issues. There are also risk factors that can lead to the need to manage incontinence such as gender (women are more susceptible), age, obesity, and tobacco use can all increase the likelihood of developing incontinence. Besides the obvious inconvenience and embarrassment of incontinence, there are medical issues that can arise. Urinary tract infections, skin breakdowns, and an impact on your overall quality of life can all be connected to chronic incontinence.
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To avoid potential embarrassment and health issues, you should understand that managing incontinence is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Each individual is unique and so is their technique for managing their incontinence. However, there are five basic options you can utilize to manage everyday incontinence. These 5 options may work independently of each other or in a combination of more than one. These include:
Many times the solution that is right for you may require some trial and error. Seek the advice of your doctor or nurse to find which methods may be ideal for your type of incontinence and lifestyle. There is enough available for everyone to maintain their quality of life and there is no need to be ashamed.
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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