Myths and Misconceptions: The Truth about Female Incontinence
You know the moment when you cough and suddenly there’s an "oops" — hello, involuntary bladder leak.
It’s one of the most mortifying experiences for a woman.
Worse still, if it happens in public or with a partner. But really it shouldn’t be a big deal.
Statistics indicate at least 50% of women will experience urinary incontinence at some point in their life. So why are we still embarrassed to talk about it openly?
There's a level of shame surrounds this issue, which means far too many women avoid seeking help. Many women feel older than their years and unhappy with their bodies. Instead of getting the help they deserve, they suffer in silence — refusing talking about it, even to partners or friends. This has to change, there are many treatments for incontinence. It’s NOT a condition you have to learn to live with.
And you're not alone. You'd be surprised how many women are in the same boat as you. It's only by busting the myths that more women can open up and seek the help they need. Let's look at what female incontinence actually is and take a minute to examine (read: bust) the myths around it.
What is female incontinence?
First of all, you should know that incontinence isn't gender specific — both men and women experience it. In fact, it affects more than 25 million people in the United States alone.
Urinary incontinence is caused by faulty bladder control, which leads to a loss of urine. Due to our unique female physiology, it's more common in women than men (in fact we’re twice as likely to be affected by it). And yes, women who've had babies are more likely to experience it, but so are women have had surgery, lower back problems, a hysterectomy, or are overweight.
The two most common types of incontinence are:
- Stress incontinence - This can be caused by laughing, walking, jumping, lifting, or even having sex — basically any movement that puts pressure on the weakened pelvic floor. 24-45% of women over the age of 30 are suspected to suffer from stress incontinence.
- Urge incontinence (or “overactive bladder”) - This manifests as a sudden intense urge to urinate, followed by a lack of control in preventing it.
Now that we know what urinary incontinence is, let’s debunk a few of the most common (and harmful) myths.
5 bogus incontinence myths
Myth #1 - Only elderly people get it
The risk of developing incontinence increases with age. But women can experience it any time. For many younger women, pelvic floor muscles damaged during vaginal childbirth can lead to incontinence. Whilst for older women, a drop in estrogen levels during menopause can set it off.
Myth #2 - Incontinence is a disease
No, it’s a symptom. Lots of things can cause incontinence, from our age, childbirth and menopause, lifestyle habits, medication, or any underlying health problems. If you’re worried, visit a medical practitioner as thankfully, incontinence is treatable.
Myth #3 - It’s nothing to worry about
Incontinence can have a devastating impact on a woman’s quality of life. Studies show 25–50% of women with urinary incontinence experience sexual dysfunction, whilst up to 23% of women take time off work because of their incontinence.
Myth #4 - You should cancel all social plans
Definitely not true! Of course, you can still go out and have fun. There are plenty of discrete female urinary incontinence products on the market. Also strengthening your pelvic floor muscles will help you better control your bladder so you feel more confident when you go out.
Myth #5 - Limit the amount of water you drink
Untrue. Naturally, the more fluids you drink, the more you will need the bathroom, but this is not causing your incontinence. It’s really important to stay hydrated. Drink more in the morning and avoid alcohol, caffeine, and fizzy drinks, especially before bedtime.
What can you do to treat and prevent urinary incontinence?
Thankfully, you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are many different treatments available that can help reduce the impact of urinary incontinence. These include: a healthy diet, practising your pelvic floor exercises, medication and for more serious conditions, surgery and catheterization.
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