So – we all fib a little about incontinence. Everyone does.
It's only a small fib right? Wrong.
You do it, I do it and so does everyone we talk to.
Incontinence is rarely discussed in nice company. People, like you and me, living with “leakage” are often too embarrassed to discuss it with their doctors. For many, it is not spoken of even if it dominates our lifestyle or health.
One of the few remaining taboo topics
In fact, incontinence is one of the few remaining taboos – long since left on the sidelines as discussions about money, sex, hot flashes, religion and politics roared into the TMI (too much information!) category. Let’s change that.
You’ve read this far, so here’s what you need to know about the four types of incontinence. See if you recognize anything familiar.
Four types of incontinence
Stress Incontinence is normally caused by a weak pelvic region. Laughter, coughing, lifting etc. can increase the pressure on the bladder, which may leak urine. Stress incontinence is predominantly found among women.
Urge Incontinence is frequent urination with a strong jet. Involuntary bladder contractions, leaving behind a strong urge to urinate – often the person with this symptom does not reach the toilet in time. Urge incontinence is found equally among men and women.
Overflow Incontinence is where the slightest increase of pressure on the bladder makes it ‘run over’. The feeling of having to urinate does not occur until the bladder is completely full. This means urination is frequent during the day and leakage comes in small amounts with a weak jet. It is hard to start the urination process with the normal urination impulse and the abdominal muscle is often used to keep urination going to empty the bladder.
Fecal Incontinence is a lack of control over defecation, leading to involuntary loss of bowel contents. Constipation, diarrhea and involuntary bowel movements are symptoms of fecal incontinence. The symptoms can occur separately or simultaneously.
"Each type of incontinence can lead to different degrees of leakage, which is why it is important to find the right incontinence product for your individual need. Visit the MyLiberty.Life product catalogue to see what’s right for you and have it delivered to your home in just a few days."
You are not alone!
Think you are alone? Think again. Ten per cent of the population – or 3.5 million Canadians - say they experience some form of incontinence.
No one asked me. And if they had, I would have fibbed. Guess what – I’m not alone either! Research estimates the real range can be up to 50% of the population with some type of incontinence! It makes you want to give your living room chairs a closer look.
Embarrassment is not a way of life
At MyLiberty.Life we understand how embarrassing this is, and how much you want to get on with what is “normal” for you. Guess what? Incontinence deserves a mention to the doctor but in the meantime, you need to deal with it.
Check out our TTotal Absorbency Protection (TAP) product guide for the correct, discreet pad or liner or guard you need to get going with light protection. If you’ve been fibbing for a long time, you might be surprised by how easily you can regain your confidence with home delivery and discreetly packaged products to help you cope.
- Cindy Clegg