Myths and realities about urinary incontinence

  • Incontinence myths to be checked

    Updated on 13/05/2019

    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 subject. To banish these legends, we have decided to comment on some of the most common.

  • Myth No. 1: Incontinence only occurs with the elderly

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

  • Myth No. 2: Drinking less liquids prevents incontinence

    Another widely spread myth is that drinking less liquid prevents incontinence. Again, this statement is not correct. 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!

  • Myth No. 3: Urinary incontinence only affects women

    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, this can appear after surgery.

  • Myth No. 4: Urinary incontinence cannot be treated

    UI has no solution is another of the statements that are often made false. There are methods to minimize their effects, such as medical treatments either through surgery or through something more traditional such as pelvic floor physiotherapy. Also, certain foods in moderation such as alcohol, chocolate, spicy can help. In any case, the assessment must always be carried out by a specialist.

  • Myth No. 5: Feminine hygiene products can be used for urinary incontinence

    Given the lack of knowledge, it is believed that feminine hygiene products also serve for the loss of urine. Feminine hygiene products 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.

  • Myth No. 6: No sexual relationship with incontinence

    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. Incontinence affects any age range, since this can occur during the relationship. 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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