Myths and Realities about Urinary Incontinence

    • Let’s face it: urinary incontinence is still a taboo. The recognition of the disease is not easy, and that is why there have always been myths about the pathology. To banish these legends we have decided to comment on some of the most common.

      It is said that UI is typical of the elderly. Although it is true that as we get older, its incidence increases, it is not the only condition for it to happen. Incontinence can also appear after a birth, a surgery and even bad urinary habits. For example, not going to the bathroom when we need to urinate can promote incontinence. The musculature can be weakened, in fact, if this process repeats itself repeatedly over time, and may eventually lead to problems in initiating urination or even in slight losses.

      Another widely spread myth is that drinking less liquid prevents incontinence. Again, this statement is not correct, since in fact, this could cause the urine to become more concentrated causing irritation in the bladder and, consequently, a greater frequency of visits to the bathroom. A good hydration is essential.

      But the myths do not end here. It is usually taken for granted that urinary incontinence only affects women, but it is something that affects both men and women. In men it can happen because of the natural weakening of the muscles that surround the urethra. But, above all, it is related to prostate problems, although it can appear after surgeries.

      That UI has no solution is another of the statements that are often made false. There are methods to alleviate and minimize their effects, such as medical treatments (either through medications or surgery) or through something more traditional such as pelvic floor physiotherapy. Also moderate certain foods of our usual diet such as exciting drinks, alcohol, chocolate, spicy, etc., can help us improve in this regard. In any case, the assessment must always be carried out by a specialist.

      Given the lack of knowledge, it is believed that feminine hygiene products also serve for the loss of urine. Again uncertain, because they are not designed or thought to contain the amount of fluid that urination supposes. The output speed of the urine is much faster than the menstruation and the liquid can filter quickly. Incontinence products are specifically designed to contain large amounts of liquids and are made of materials that, in addition to absorbing quickly, retain fluids and have antibacterial capabilities.

      The taboo of incontinence leads many times to believe that sexual relations are impossible, but it is not a physical problem, but a mental one. Here the problem affects any age range, since the loss can occur during the relationship – due to the pressure exerted on the bladder – or at the end due to the uncontrolled spasms that occur in it. But the losses do not make it impossible to have good sexual health at all.

      In any case, we recommend that you consult with your doctor to guide you and help you find the best solution.

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