Myths About Incontinence, Part 1

Incontinence affects millions of people and it is unfortunate that so many do not want to talk about it. This can lead to misinformation circulating around. There are a lot of myths about incontinence. These myths about urinary incontinence are pervasive, and mostly untrue. It is time to face the facts about bladder control, and dispel the myths.

Myth #1: Incontinence only affects older women.

Incontinence can affect younger women, childless women, and men. Though it is most common in older women, incontinence affects both sexes, and people of all ages.

Myth #2: It’s normal to have frequent urine leaks.

Unfortunately, many people suffering from incontinence convince themselves that these symptoms are normal. Leaking urine on a regular basis is not normal. Losing control of bodily functions can be embarrassing, but it does not have to keep happening. Take our quiz to see if incontinence is affecting you more than you think.

Myth #3: You should avoid drinking liquids as much as possible.

It makes some sense to think that if you don’t drink anything, you won’t have any urine leaks or accidents. But in reality, not drinking can lead to another set of health problems. It is important to stay hydrated, even when suffering from incontinence. Not drinking enough can lead to dehydration, constipation, or even kidney stones. Try to drink mostly water and avoid alcohol, soda, and coffee.

Myth #4: If you try really hard, you can control it.

Some people think that if they try hard enough, they can control their incontinence. After all, it is their body and bodily function. But by definition, incontinence is an involuntary leak of urine. It cannot be controlled and it was not planned. Losing control of your body and feeling like your body is betraying you can be very difficult. It can make you feel helpless, but there is help.

If you are suffering from incontinence, contact us at the Incontinence Institute. You can also call our discreet, professional Medical Concierge at 800-771-1953 if you have questions or to set up an appointment. The Incontinence Institute offers individualized treatment and a variety of surgical and non-surgical options based on your specific needs.