Incontinence: The Last Medical Taboo
Let’s get some Definitions:
According to The Canadian Continence Foundation FAQ page Urinary incontinence (UI) is “an involuntary loss or leakage of urine”. In simpler terms, whether a little or a lot, you pee when you don’t want to. This issue is so common that it’s subdivided even farther. ‘Urge’ urinary incontinence occurs with or after a sense of bladder urgency. Whereas, ‘Stress’ Urinary incontinence is accidental leakage “during physical activities such as coughing, laughing, lifting or exercising.”
You are Not Alone:
We all know about post pregnancy and elderly incontinence issues but even in those cases it’s not something that is spoken about. Like the title of this article suggests, most find it embarrassing to admit to others. The concern is that this embarrassment prevents you from seeking help and restricts you from your living life in a satisfying way. I think it's important to understand how common UI is, in order to realize that you are not alone.
You are not alone, Many Men Battle Incontinence.
Does your bladder seem to have a mind of its own? You’re not alone. Incontinence is common and treatable. About 3.4 million men in the U.S. have accidental leakage of urine, aka: Urinary Incontinence, (UI)1 and the Canadian Urinary Bladder Survey reports that 16% of Men and 33% of Women over the age of 40 have symptoms of UI, yet only 26% have mentioned the issue with their doctor2.
Some of the History of Incontinence Products
Did you know Astronauts wear diapers? NASA calls them: Maximum Absorbency Garments (MAGs), Fecal Containment Systems, Disposable Absorption Containment Trunks (DACTs) or Moon diapers (1). The greater population became privy to the space pampers when news reported former Astronaut Lisa Nowak drove nearly 1,500 km (+900 mi) to attack an Air Force officer related in a tyrannical love triangle. According to reports, police stated that Nowak used the adult diaper to avoid pit stops on her jealous journey of revenge.
Getting a Better Understanding of Incontinence
The Canadian Continence Foundation reports that “urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of bladder control and general bladder weakness can have a dramatic impact on one’s life!” Dramatic indeed, if you or your loved one recently began to have wet accidents, especially while out in public. It may be comforting to know that this situation is not unique to individuals or age-specific groups. Urinary incontinence affects one out of 8 Canadians, and there are over 3.3 million Canadians experiencing some type of urinary incontinence.