INCONTINENCE MIDLIFE’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET…
One of the worst things about aging is the lack of control we now have over our own bladders. If you have this problem then you know exactly what I am talking about. It’s so hard to feel confident and in charge when you are worrying about something like incontinence. It hits at the worst possible moment. A small cough or a little giggle can send us racing to the bathroom.
I have had this problem since the birth of my youngest. I had an emergency C-section and every since I have had to constantly worry about things like water intake, where restrooms are located, and if I had everything I may need to take care of the problem every single place I go. Talk about an ego buster! It affects your emotional state, your body image, and your sexuality.
I was doing some research on incontinence because frankly I am tired of carrying around extra clothes and piles of period pads that just don’t work. I thought I would share what I found with you because I know I’m not the only one tired of dealing with this!
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What I found out is that there are 4 types of urinary incontinence. Here are the facts:
- STRESS INCONTINENCE– This happens when you cough, laugh, or sneeze. (When you put too much pressure on your bladder). Stress incontinence can result from pregnancy and childbirth and it is the most common. Pelvic muscles get stretched and damaged.
- URGENT INCONTINENCE– This is sometimes called “overactive bladder”. You have an urgent need to go followed by and involuntary loss of urine. This is due to spasms of the bladder muscles.
- MIX INCONTINENCE– This is basically when you have both kinds of the incontinence mentioned above.
- OVERFLOW INCONTINENCE– When you can’t empty your bladder every time and experience a frequent and constant dribbling of urine. This can be caused by lots of things like medication, nerve damage, from diabetes, impaired bladder, muscle contractions or bladder obstructions.
Caffeine is considered a diuretic and can also make you leak more. There are medications that can be taken or there are also other treatments.
The very first thing you need to do is to have a real conversation with your Dr. Believe me, I know this isn’t easy, but suffering in silence isn’t smart either.
There are products that can make your life a lot easier like DEPENDS SILHOUETTE ACTIVE FIT. I’ve always stuck with “period pads” but they just aren’t enough. They don’t give me the confidence I need. So, I will be trying these out for the next month to see how they fit and whether they are something that I would actually use. I’ll let you know next month what I think of them!
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