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Dealing With Incontinence Stigma As a Woman

Dealing With Incontinence Stigma As a Woman

Posted by Laura on 2021 Sep 9th

Living with incontinence can be overwhelming, embarrassing, isolating and frustrating. One very important thing to remember is you are not alone. As many as 3.3 million Canadians experience some form of urinary incontinence, many do not speak about their experiences or symptoms, not even to their doctor. 33% of women over the age of 40 have symptoms of urinary incontinence, only 26% have mentioned their symptoms to their doctor.

There is a misconception that incontinence only affects the elderly so when younger women suffer from incontinence, they often suffer in silence, too embarrassed to speak about it. The stigma and the silence often leads to women using the incorrect products. Many women find looking at and purchasing incontinence products embarrassing or overwhelming and often purchase menstrual products instead, leading to accidents and leaks as they are not intended for incontinence use.

Bladder leakage can be caused by a number of reasons. One of the most common contributors of incontinence in women is childbirth. The pelvic floor muscles play a major role in a properly functioning bladder. When the muscles are weakened, this can cause incontinence. The symptoms may occur when sneezing, coughing or even laughing.

Women are often left feeling embarrassed at both their symptoms and having to use diapers or pads to help them get through the day. Fortunately, there are many wonderful products out there that are discreet, comfortable, functional and affordable to help put women's minds at ease and InControl Diapers is the place to be.

Felicity Super Absorbent Underwear is the most absorbent pull-up on the market. Made for women by women, the Felicity will leave you feeling confident and dry with its odor control and rapid absorbing technology. Designed to keep you comfortable both day and night, these easy to remove/change pull ups will give you the peace of mind you might need whether you are at home, at work or out running errands.

There are many treatment options out there to help with incontinence, not all of them being surgical or invasive medical procedures. Things like bladder training or diet changes have been known to help many women. Kegel exercises are another great option too. We always recommend speaking to your health care professional before trying to treat any incontinence issues or symptoms you may have.

It is important to remember that incontinence can happen to anyone at any time in their life. It is important to remember that you are not alone and there are many forms of support out there. Looking for support groups in your city or on social media can really help show you that you are not alone. Hearing or reading others stories about what they are experiencing and how they have treated it or learned to live with incontinence can be a really big help.