Women are the talkative sex, but when it comes to certain topics, especially health related like incontinence, they have the strange habit of sealing their lips. Recently Tena sponsored a survey that was conducted by Haris Interactive.
The survey took place in Canada and findings were rather intriguing. One in three Canadian women as young as 35 have or had bladder control issues, yet nearly 70% of those women have never discussed their condition with anyone. Similar findings to surveys done here in the UK.
As you can see Canadian women have identical concerns about incontinence as do British women. Suffering in Silence is nowadays one of the biggest issues regarding bladder control. Amazingly 52% of women who acknowledge they have incontinence would rather talk about menopause than bladder control issues.
“Women often try to cope with private or embarrassing issues such as bladder control issues on their own, but they should know that they are not alone,” says Claudia Brown, physiotherapist specializing in managing incontinence and a member of the Canadian Continence Foundation. “It’s important for women to discuss the condition with their doctor so they can learn about their options.”
Tips and Solutions
To help women regain their confidence and reduce bladder control issues, Claudia Brown recommends:
• Welcome a New Workout Routine: Pelvic floor exercises are not like your usual routine. These exercises strengthen the muscles that support the bladder and help to prevent urine leakage. And since these muscles are not visible to other people, no one can tell when you’re exercising them.
• Friendly Food Choices: There are some foods that can irritate the bladder and some that can support bladder health. Stay away from acidic foods like citrus and anything that contains caffeine, like coffee and chocolate. Also steer clear from diuretics like alcohol. To avoid pressure on the bladder and constipation, choose foods that are high in fibre. Berries are also a great choice since they have UTI preventing tannins.
• Drink Water: Reducing the amount of water intake can make urine more concentrated which will in turn irritate the bladder causing more frequent washroom visits. Instead, drink six to eight glasses a day. Drinking excessive amounts, however, is not recommended either because it could lead to abnormal bladder distension.
• No need to go…before you go: Train your bladder by avoiding visiting the washroom just in case. Try to go to the washroom between five and eight times per day. It will also help increase a smaller bladder capacity.
• The Power of Protection: With the help of TENA pads and/or underwear, women can regain the confidence they might have lost and feel comfortable exercising again or taking long trips – especially since TENA pads are designed for discreet protection.
Stop suffering in Silence, incontinence is nothing to be ashamed of and most importantly it is treatable.
Incontinence and bladder control problems are often issues women are too embarrassed to talk about, even with their doctors.
To help break the embarrassment barrier Physical Therapist Linda Yates from the US has developed a program to help women develop skills to manage and resolve incontinence. The program will encourage women to break down the barriers and help women request treatment to stop women from suffering in silence. The program will teach women skills to help them manage and in some cases resolve it completely.
The program also addresses other health issues, like osteoporosis, women who have shoulder tightness following a mastectomy and help women that are experiencing pelvic or back pain during or following pregnancy.
“The best part of this program is very private, which is good” stated Linda Yates.