If you can't always make it to the washroom in time,here's help

Monday, January 30, 2006

Does anyone you know suffer from this problem they are ashamed to talk about,
even to their close friends or to their doctor?

Help is now at hand.

Many people with bladder control problems hide the problem from everyone, even from their doctor. There is no need to do that. In most cases urinary incontinence can be treated and controlled, if not cured. If you are having bladder control problems, you don’t need to suffer in silenceor to feel ashamed about it. You are not alone.

Talk to your doctor. About 80 percent of people with urinary incontinence can be cured or improved.
Urinary incontinence means that you can’t always control when you urinate. As a result, you wet your clothes.

The National Association For Continence (NAFC) of the US estimates that about 25 million adults in the United States experience urinary incontinence, the involuntary leakage of urine. Women experience it twice as often as men. Incontinence is embarrassing, and debilitating to many. It wakes them up at night, restricts their time away from home, irritates their skin, forces them to wear bulky pads or diapers, and makes them self-conscious.

Although incontinence can occur at any age, age-related changes in the body make older people more likely to experience it. But no matter what your age, if you feel that bladder symptoms are affecting the quality of your life, it’s time to do something about it.

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