Do you know your incontinence symptoms and how to get help?
It’s not easy to talk about incontinence. But if you’re reading this blogpost, then you’ve already taken a strong first step. Perhaps you want to find out more for yourself, or are concerned about somebody you love. The good news is: you’ve come to the right place! At WFIPP, we are committed to helping people start the difficult conversations and seek the support they need to find an effective treatment.
Step 1: Know your symptoms
The first thing to do about incontinence is to understand your body. On our platform, you can find a short questionnaire that will help you to evaluate your symptoms and create an assessment that you can print off and share with a healthcare professional. It only takes 5 minutes – so why not take it today? You can also fill it in on behalf of (or alongside) somebody you care for.
Step 2: Prepare for the appointment
Sometimes it’s the thought of the admin involved that puts us off seeking help for incontinence. Or perhaps you are embarrassed about discussing your symptoms – but there is no reason to be! Incontinence is a common condition that affects millions of people around the world. Healthcare professionals are used to talking about incontinence, and they’ll be glad that you’ve brought it to their attention. You can find more tips and advice on how to prepare for the appointment here. Some of the things we believe are useful include:
- Summarising your situation (you can use the downloadable assessment from Step 1)
- Tracking your habits
- Thinking about any questions you have ahead of time
- Seeking help nearby (you can find a treatment centre close to your home here)
Step 3: Do your research on possible treatments
Our platform contains lots of information on the types of treatments that your healthcare professional may recommend. Taking a quick look at this will help prepare you for discussing your treatment plan at the appointment.
Step 4: Decide on a treatment together
Think of your healthcare professional as your partner in tackling incontinence. An honest, open discussion will help you both to fully understand your situation and decide on the appropriate course of action. You might want to bring a friend or family member to the appointment with you, so that they can write down any notes on what is said (it can be easy to forget!). Otherwise, keep a notebook and pen handy for yourself.
Step 5: Stay positive and reach out!
Those suffering from incontinence are part of a large community of people, many who have experience in living with the condition and finding solutions that fit their lifestyle. Take a look at what other people with incontinence have to say in the Testimonials section of our website. Listening to the stories of people like you is one of the best ways to feel supported on your incontinence journey.
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