There are things that are not easy to discuss with others – even if it is a beloved husband or girlfriend. We women easily talk to each other about men, children, shopping and relationships. We have learned to open the most hidden corners of our souls, but we are often too shy to share what really worries us. One such topic is urinary incontinence, or in other words, involuntary urination.
Despite the fact that studies show that 33% of women aged 25 to 70 have ever experienced urinary incontinence, there is very little information about this phenomenon. But it is precisely because of ignorance that a woman who is faced with incontinence feels stress and shock. It is important to know more about the issue and it is worth starting with an explanation of the types and causes of incontinence.
- Stress incontinence is the leakage of urine (a few drops or more) that can occur when coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting weights, playing sports. Most often, women are faced with this type of incontinence, the main cause of which is the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. It can occur during pregnancy and childbirth due to hormonal changes, fetal pressure, strain during childbirth, or menopause due to reduced muscle elasticity. Other causes are overweight (due to additional pressure on the muscles of the pelvic floor), urinary tract infections (for example, chronic forms of cystitis).
What to do? Weakened muscles need to be trained. Special exercises will help strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. With TENA Lady Urological Pads, specially designed to absorb urine, a woman will feel confident. Urological pads are different from regular pads for critical days, because they are designed to absorb liquid (= urine), and not blood secretions. In addition, for example, the TENA Lady Mini pad is not thicker than a regular pad for critical days (only 5 mm), but absorbs 2 times more**, neutralizes odor and does not cause irritation. One such pad is enough, on average, for 7 hours**.
- Urge incontinence – a woman has an unexpected and strong urge to urinate, she “does not have time to run to the toilet” and the leaks are quite large. The reason for this can be both psychological factors and damage to the nerves that transmit signals from the bladder to the brain.
What to do? First, use the special TENA Lady urine pads. Secondly, refrain from drinks that irritate the bladder (tea, coffee, soda), especially in the evening.
- Mixed incontinence – in this case, a woman is faced with symptoms of both stress and urgency incontinence. It is necessary to improve the situation by the methods described above for each type of incontinence. Faced with incontinence, it is imperative to contact a specialist (urologist or gynecologist).
MYTHS ABOUT INCONTINENCE
Myth 1. Only the elderly are affected by bladder dysfunction.
It is not true. Involuntary urination is not necessarily associated with old age and can occur at any age. The most common cause of this phenomenon is the natural changes that occur in a woman’s body due to pregnancy, childbirth and menopause.
Myth 2: Incontinence is rare.
It is not true. In our society, it is not customary to talk about this delicate topic even with the closest people. Therefore, sometimes we do not realize that our friend, mother or colleague is in such an uncomfortable situation.
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