How to cope with sudden incontinence
If you’ve never had an issue with incontinence, then it can come as quite a shock if you suddenly find yourself with symptoms. The WFIPP community are here to help you understand the condition, and to find a treatment that can improve your quality of life. Keep reading for some tips and advice on not only how to cope, but on how to start your path to continence.
Coping strategy 1: Gain power through knowledge
Sudden onset incontinence can have many causes, so the first step is to identify your symptoms and discuss them with a healthcare professional. They can then give you a proper diagnosis, which is the key to finding an effective treatment. Making time for an appointment is not always easy, but you’ll feel relieved once you’ve got it in the diary. Head over to our platform to read our guide on starting the conversation – you’ve got this!
Coping strategy 2: Join the community
They say that a problem shared is a problem halved. Talking to other people who are also experiencing sudden urinary incontinence can be incredibly useful – not only will they have tips and advice of what has worked for them, but they can remind you that you are not alone. The fact is, incontinence is a common condition that affects millions of people around the world. If you feel like hearing from some of them, you can find testimonials from knowledgeable members of our community here.
Coping strategy 3: Be confident there is a treatment
Your incontinence may have come on suddenly, but the good news is that there are treatments out there to help you get back to normal life. If your symptoms are relatively new, then you may want to try out first-line options such as lifestyle changes, behavioural treatments and pelvic floor exercises. And if these don’t prove effective, then you can look more closely at some advanced treatments such as surgery, sacral neuromodulation and medication. All of the information is available on our platform – we are confident that a quick read will give you hope for the future.
Coping strategy 4: Get specific support
Everyone’s journey to continence is personal, and we know that the members of our community all have different worries and concerns. Whether you’re finding it hard to work, socialise, have sex or exercise, we’ve got advice and information that can help. Take a look at our special ‘How to live with incontinence’ section to find information that is tailored to your specific needs.
Until next time!
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