Separating the myths from the facts
Perhaps because many of us are so reluctant to talk about incontinence, there are a lot of myths out there that simply aren’t true. Here we debunk some popular misconceptions.
Myth: “I can control it by drinking less”
In reality, you can actually make your incontinence worse by not drinking enough, as this can cause bladder irritation.
What could actually be contributing to your incontinence is the type of drink you’re having, as too many caffeinated drinks, alcohol or some fruit juices can be irritating to your bladder. If in doubt, it’s usually better to drink water for hydration.
Myth: “It’s just because I’m getting old”
You don’t have to accept incontinence as a part of getting older and shrug it off. Incontinence can have many different causes, so it’s always important to speak to your doctor as they will be able to offer you help and support.
Myth: “I don’t need an incontinence pad, I can just use a sanitary pad”
Sanitary pads are designed for use during your menstrual cycle, they’re not designed for use with urine, meaning you’ll likely end up feeling very uncomfortable and irritated. You should always use incontinence pads or pants as these are specially designed to deal with urine.
Myth: “There’s nothing that can be done about incontinence”
This is not true. There are lifestyle changes you can try and treatment options available, depending on what type of incontinence you have. The key thing is to speak to your GP who can help you out.
There are also a variety of incontinence products that will help you go about your day in confidence, knowing you’re protected against leaks.
Myth: “I can’t talk about it, it’s only affecting me”
You are not alone in experiencing incontinence and there is help and support out there. Incontinence can affect your mental health as well as your physical, which can have a knock-on effect into all areas of your life.
You are not alone. Please speak with your GP for help and support with incontinence.