Most women use sanitary pads for urinary incontinence because they are cheaper or just want to avoid the embarrassment of having to clear it at the counter. This embarrassment doesn’t just come from purchasing it, the topic itself is awkward and a lot of people with this condition refuse to admit this which lets it go underdiagnosed and underreported.
Menstruation is becoming less and less a taboo topic and is considered normal for women to buy pads.
If you live with incontinence, you’re not alone. According to a research by National Centre for Biotechnology Information, in women, moderate and severe bother have a prevalence ranging from about 3% to 17%. Severe incontinence has a low prevalence in young women, but rapidly increases at ages 70 through 80. In men, the prevalence of incontinence is much lower than in women, about 3% to 11% overall, with urge incontinence accounting for 40% to 80% of all male patients. The good news is, most cases of urinary incontinence are treatable, or at the very least manageable. The first step is getting informed.
If you’ve never looked up the word urinary incontinence, according to NAFC, urinary Incontinence is defined as the involuntary loss of urine. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine to complete emptying of the bladder.
Though it occurs more often as people get older, it isn’t an inevitable consequence of aging. It is common but shouldn’t be considered normal. There are different types of incontinence and they differ in severity.
There is stress incontinence, where the involuntary loss of urine is associated with anything that increases physical stress or pressure to any part of the body, but the path of least resistance or the weakest link is going to be your pelvic floor. So you sneeze - pee, trampoline - pee, laugh - pee, jump down the curb - pee, Cross fit – pee and so forth.
It’s anything where you’ve raised the pressure in your body, so if you pick up something really heavy, that’s also stress incontinence. It’s where the reactions of your body, whether they are to increase intra-abdominal pressure to brace against your spine, or this heavy load or if there’s a violent shake to your body, which jumping or jump roping or sneezing or laughing – or again, you’re…