In a blog from 2020, we busted 7 incontinence myths. Now, in 2022, we're back to cleaning up more myths that may be floating around in your mind. We want our Healthwick readers, particularly those who are new to incontinence, to understand the myths and realities of incontinence. This Halloween, let's debunk 6 more incontinence myths.
Myth #1: It's irreversible.
Incontinence is not permanent. Although it will not go away on its own, there are exercises, dietary changes, devices, medications, and surgery that can treat the bladder problem. A urogynecologist, for example, can help you find answers based on which type of incontinence you face, as well as understand which behavioural changes and other treatments will be most effective in relieving your incontinence.
Myth #2: Everyone experiences incontinence the same.
Incontinence affects each person differently, so treatment should be tailored to each individual. Some people have stress incontinence, which is urine loss caused by coughing, sneezing, or running; and some people have urge incontinence, also known as "overactive bladder," which is urine loss caused by a strong and sudden urge to urinate. Read more about the types of incontinence here, and how to manage incontinence here.
Myth #3: Everyone can tell you’re wearing an adult diaper.
This misconception is not true, and it just takes a bit of trying out products and seeing what works best for you to ensure the best discreet option for you. Fortunately, with our free sample program, you can try up to 5 samples of products you think may work best for you. Once you find which worked best for you, you can place an order. This way, you’ll choose the most discreet product, and no one will be able to tell you’re wearing an incontinence product.
We have a selection of products for different levels of absorbency. If you have light leakage, pads and male guards may be what you’re looking for. If you face moderate to heavy incontinence, absorbent underwear could be the right choice for you. Lastly, if you have moderate to maximum incontinence, adult diapers/ briefs are likely the product for you.
Myth #4: Incontinence is just a bother and not a health problem.
Urinary incontinence is serious and has health and social consequences. It’s linked with depression, decreased activity, and social withdrawal. It may make being in public spaces more difficult, such as at work, at a party, or on vacation. Make sure to read this blog that helps you with managing incontinence in public.
The Healthwick team is here to help. There is no such thing as a bad question. Our goal is to make sure that you are able to manage incontinence in order to lead a healthy, confident life. We're here to help. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.
Myth #5: When you live with incontinence, there is an odour all the time.
This is not necessarily true, so long as you maintain good personal hygiene and use the correct products. Healthwick carries wipes and washcloths that can trap moisture and odour, thus providing peace of mind. Changing your incontinence product (diaper, underwear, pad, or male guard) as often as the packaging recommends also reduces the chances of odour and increases hygiene.
Myth #6: You can’t enjoy life anymore.
You must not allow your incontinence to stand in the way of enjoying everyday activities and social life. Even if the incontinence is out of your control, remember that you can still manage it using all of the treatment options and products available. If you feel like incontinence is taking up too much of your life, please consult a healthcare professional.
We hope busting these 6 myths about incontinence helps put your mind at ease. Don’t let incontinence myths spook you! We hope you and your loved ones enjoy a safe and happy Halloween. Take care!