|Tips to maintaining a satisfying sex life -- with incontinence|
- Talk to your doctor-Incontinence is believed to be highly underreported in all age groups but especially among seniors. Many older adults feel that incontinence is normal and they just have to “live with it”. This is unfortunate since there are many different treatment options that can significantly reduce or even eliminate incontinence symptoms. However, it is crucial that you see your doctor when you first begin experiencing incontinence symptoms. Prompt medical evaluation will allow the treatment for your incontinence to be easier, faster, and in the long run cheaper and more successful. In addition, your doctor can serve as a resource for information concerning how to manage your incontinence and not allow it to affect your sex life.
- Talk to your partner-Many people feel such a high degree of shame and embarrassment when they begin experiencing incontinence that they gradually withdraw even from their significant other. This is unfortunate. It is crucial that anyone with incontinence be open and honest with their partner concerning their needs when it comes to sexuality and incontinence. Studies have shown even seniors who have been with their spouse or partner for a long time often find it difficult to bring up this topic. However, it becomes almost impossible to have a fulfilling sex life at any stage of life if the partners cannot be open and honest with each other. In order for the sexual experience to be satisfying for both partners they will need to establish an open communication concerning their needs, fears and even what they physically need during sex in order to enjoy the experience and deal with the incontinence at the same time.
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