‘Prevention & Management of Incontinence’ by Margarita Gurevich published in Great Health Guide (Mar 2016). Incontinence doesn’t just affect older people but people of different age groups, both men and women. It can also be associated with chronic conditions such as arthritis, asthma & diabetes. Do you suffer from incontinence or know someone who does? Read the rest of Margarita’s article to discover how you can prevent or manage your symptoms today.
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GREAT HEALTH: Prevention & Management of Incontinence
written by Margarita Gurevich
Incontinence – no this doesn’t just affect older people but people of different age groups, both men and women. In fact, incontinence can be common during pregnancy, following childbirth, as well as after or during menopause. It can also be associated with chronic conditions including arthritis, asthma and diabetes. Sometimes you can still experience incontinence even if you are not affected by any of the above. The good news is, though, that with the right treatment this problem can be successful managed and often even cured.
Before we look at what can be done for this issue let’s go back to the basics and review what incontinence actually is. Incontinence can be used to describe involuntary loss of urine (urinary incontinence) or faeces (faecal incontinence). Urinary incontinence is generally more common.
The following short questionnaire, taken from The Continence Foundation of Australia can help you determine whether you might be suffering from incontinence.
Do you sometimes feel you have not completely emptied your bladder?
Do you have to rush to use the toilet?
Are you frequently nervous because you think you might lose control of your bladder or bowel?
Do you wake up twice or more during the night to go to the toilet?
Do you sometimes leak before you get to the toilet?
Do you sometimes leak when you lift something heavy or exercise?
Do you sometimes leak when you change from a seated or lying position to a standing position?
Do you plan your daily routine around where the nearest toilet is?