Caroline woke up next to her husband, Jack. Something felt wet. She uncovered the sheets to find the bed wet under husband. Gently, she woke Jack up. She knew he would be embarrassed. This was not the first time it had happened. Bedwetting had become a regular pattern, particularly on nights when Jack had drunk a few cans of beer. What was happening? Was it time to buy overnight adult diapers?
For most people, the first encounters with incontinence can be frightening, even frustrating — staying close to bathrooms, being afraid of “leaks” when you laugh, sneeze, cough, get up too quickly or like Jack, wake up to a bed that is wet with urine.
Most of us would agree that life gets better as you get older. You don’t worry as much. Your fears aren’t quite the same. You know that mistakes do happen but there’s a settled understanding that they really don’t matter. The years gone by have taught perspective and given confidence. But incontinence is definitely something you can do without. What should you do about incontinence?
Don’t’ Suffer in Silence
People who suffer in silence from incontinence have the toughest time. Initially, you might share this as a joke, “Oh you know what happened to me. I was laughing so hard I never knew when I leaked.” It’s when the “leaks” happen more often that they are associated with shame and feelings that you have lost control. It often has an impact on your social life as well. Life can become frustrating because you can’t do the things others are doing. Staying close to bathrooms becomes a way of life.
And while incontinence doesn’t kill you, most sufferers would agree, it does take your life away.
Dr. Farzeen Firoozi, a urologist at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Manhasset, N.Y. states, “Bladder and bowel incontinence is a highly prevalent disease that has emotional, health, social and economic impacts in the daily life of our elderly population in the U.S.”
Know that You’re Not Alone
Most people are not aware of how common incontinence is. One out of two older Americans suffer from urinary leakage or accidental bowel leakage. One in four suffer from severe suffer from severe or very severe urinary leakage, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Being old is not the criteria. It can happen to anybody. Younger people suffer from incontinence, too.
There’s No Shame in Incontinence
There are a number of reasons for why incontinence occurs. It can happen when
- muscles are too weak – patients may have accidents
- uscles are too active – patients may have a strong urge to go to the bathroom
- prostate problems
- nerve damage
Treatment will depend on the type of problem and would include simple exercises, medicines, special devices or procedures or surgery.
While incontinence can be embarrassing, growing awareness is educating people to seek the help they need to gain control over incontinence. We know it’s often hard to open up because you think others may judge you.
But those who embrace the changes of senior living and consider incontinence as part of life are the ones who have the empowerment to do something about it.
Talking about it will allow other people to open up. There’s no shame in incontinence.
The National Association For Continence (NAFC) is an organization whose main mission is to reduce the stigma surrounding incontinence and provide education and support to those who are touched by the condition. Incontinence is also associated with falls, functional decline and admissions to nursing homes, and therefore, you should seek help early.
Regain Control over Your Incontinence
While incontinence is a challenge it is easier to live with if you have the right product. Wellness Briefs puts confidence back into your life. This revolutionary diaper fully absorbs liquid and tucks it away in another layer keeping you dry and comfortable all the time. Inspired by NASA technology, this diaper will last up to 8 hours which means you only need 3 changes a day. Enjoy life to its fullest and never worry about accidental leaks with Wellness Briefs.
Adult diapers can be expensive but Wellness Briefs are well within affordability. They offer 70% savings over the most generic diaper brands. Take a look at our entire range and try a sample for free.