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Socially incontinence can be just as bad as medically. Not only do social problems often lead to more serious medical conditions, but the social problems involved with incontinence often lead to individuals simply coping with the problem rather than treating it.
Social embarrassment is common for the incontinent, which means that often individuals with light bladder leakage or a more severe problem will isolate themselves, avoiding activities away from home. This can lead to depression. It can also mean not talking to a health-care provider about the problem. Fear and embarrassment often mean living with treatable symptoms for far longer than necessary.
There are many types and causes of urinary incontinence, and it impacts both sexes and all ages, although it is more common in older individuals. More women are impacted then men, and typically men who suffer are older and have prostate disease. The cause of the incontinence often dictates the treatment options. Get diagnosed, and talk to a physician about how you can reduce your symptoms.
There are a number of treatment options available for incontinent individuals. Even if the condition can’t be cured, there are often steps that can be taken to help control this problem, making like as normal as possible. Add the right products to a sound treatment plan, and social situations no longer need to inspire fear and anxiety.
Talk to a health care provider, and consider these simple tips for improving life with light bladder leakage:
- Wear easy to open clothes and know where the nearest bathroom is.
- Empty bladder before bed, important meetings, or anything else where you may have to go a long time before using the bathroom.
- Choose the right products for your body type and lifestyle. The Caregiver Partnership offers over 600 products, and a knowledgeable staff to help you find exactly what you need for your condition. Visit The CareGiver Partnership or call 800-985-1353 M-F 9-4 CST to speak with a product specialist.
- Watch what you eat. Some foods and drinks, including caffeine, citrus fruits, artificial sweeteners, etc. can irritate the bladder and exasperate symptoms. Adjusting your diet could reduce symptoms significantly.
- Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Kegels are great exercise for strengthening the muscles that control the bladder. They can be done anywhere, and can reduce symptoms.
- Hydrate the smart way. If you drink too little water, your urine will be more concentrated, and this can irritate the lining of the urethra and bladder causing worsened symptoms. So stay hydrated, but hydrate smart.
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