Dispelling the Lesser-Known Myths of Incontinence
Bladder leaks are more common than many people think. In fact, many people don’t even realize that it can happen to both men and women. That’s just one erroneous belief that people have about incontinence. Here are a few more:
"It only happens to old people.”
"Everyone will know I’m wearing protection."
“Incontinence is incurable.”
While we’ve covered the most popular untruths in this article – Break Free from the Myths – let’s dig a little deeper and dispel a few more.
Myth #1: Only women benefit from Kegel exercises. Most men don’t realize they can also benefit from doing Kegels. Depending on the cause of their leaks, practicing this pelvic floor exercise may result in a significant improvement in a man’s ability to control urinary leakage. For more specifics on how to do Kegels, check out this article: Kegel Exercises for Treating Male Urinary Incontinence
Myth #2: You need to drink 64 ounces of water every day. Some experts say that it’s okay to drink only when you’re thirsty. Up to 80% of your body’s fluid intake can come from liquids, including H2O and other beverages, while 20% can come from food. However, if you easily get kidney stones or work in a career that leaves you perspiring, you may wish to talk to your doctor during your next appointment to determine what amount of water is optimal for you.
Myth #3: There are only a few ways to treat incontinence. There are actually several different treatments that can help to alleviate, or even eliminate, incontinence, including devices, medications, surgery and physical therapy. Taking certain natural supplements, avoiding trigger foods, and losing weight have been shown to help in some cases, too. (Before taking any supplements, be sure and discuss it with your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you.)
Myth #4: It’s normal to “leak a little.” Many people avoid going to the doctor about bladder leaks, because they feel embarrassed or think it’s simply a part of getting old. Why wait when you may be able to stop your leaks completely? If your leaks are mild, your doctor may recommend ways to alleviate your slight urinary incontinence using non-invasive methods you can easily incorporate into your daily routine.
Myth #5: Feminine hygiene products work for incontinence. While it may seem that using period pads would work just as well as incontinence products, that’s far from the truth. The absorbent material that’s used in incontinence products is specifically designed to absorb liquids quickly and wick wetness away from the skin to prevent skin irritation. You can find the right Depend product for you by using our Product Selector Tool.