Whether your leaky bladder has been a constant struggle for years or something that has slowly developed over the years, know your facts. It’s important to know the difference between medical evidence and myths that have become all too common. Urinary incontinence affects nearly 25 million Americans, so take solace in the fact that you are not alone, and there are plenty of treatment options available.
Some women develop the condition after giving birth, and others may have always been suffering from urinary incontinence. But the most important pattern is that far too many people suffer in silence, without seeking medical treatment for fear of confronting the issue. What else is stopping people from seeking treatment? These myths:
Young people cannot be affected
While your risk for incontinence will go up as you age, a leaky bladder can affect anyone of any age. If you have noticed changes in your bladder or your pattern of running to the restroom has changed, you could still be affected. Doctors have seen patients for the issue as young as in their 20s, but the most common age for this to affect you starts in your 40s.
You never hear people talk about it, so it must be rare
Unfortunately, because of the stigma that follows a leaky bladder around, many people do not seek treatment for their issues. If people refuse to seek medical care and confront the topic head on, it is also seldom talked about. But make no mistake, there are upwards of 200 million people worldwide dealing with incontinence. You are not alone, and it is not as rare as it may seem.
It’s normal as you age or after giving birth
While it may become more common after giving birth or as you age, there is nothing normal about a bladder that does not properly function. If you find that you are having trouble getting to the bathroom quickly, you could be affected by a leaky bladder and should not ignore it.
Drinking less liquid will help
Some ill-advised friends and family may tell you drinking less liquids will help cure incontinence, but that is a myth. Hydration is still just as important as protecting the health of your bladder. Staying hydrated and on a consistent pattern can actually help you train your bladder to hold it in for longer.
If you suspect you might have a leaky bladder, contact the experts at Ironwood Urology. Incontinence is not something you need live with and we’re here to help address and assess your bladder health. To learn more, call Dr. Desi Avila at (480) 961-2323, or request an appointment online.