Incontinence: How Women Really Feel
March 8th is International Women’s Day 2021 and this year’s theme is ‘Choose to Challenge’ – an ethos that the entire WFIPP community embrace on a daily basis. Incontinence is a condition that is rarely talked about and often misunderstood. Bringing down barriers and helping women get access to accurate, useful information on incontinence causes and treatments is a goal that we are proud to celebrate today, and every day. So this blog is dedicated to all those women who choose to challenge. Let’s go!
Feeling 1: I’m confused about what causes incontinence in women
It’s not surprising that many women are unsure about the most common causes of incontinence. After all, society often assumes it’s just a ‘natural part of ageing’. In fact, incontinence is a common condition that can affect people at all stages of their lives, and it’s not something that anyone just has to ‘accept’. Childbirth, injuries and certain medications can all cause urinary and faecal incontinence – the problem is many women are ashamed to discuss the condition with their friends and family, so it ends up becoming “the greatest medical taboo”. International Women’s Day is the perfect moment for us to start a real conversation that acknowledges the millions of women around the world who are suffering in silence. Find more powerful incontinence facts here.
Feeling 2: I’m looking for a treatment for incontinence in women
And so you should be! There are a whole range of treatments available for urinary and faecal incontinence in women, and the sooner you start searching for a solution, the sooner you can improve your quality of life and regain your confidence. The first step is to discuss any symptoms with a healthcare professional – they are the people best placed to give you a proper diagnosis and personalised treatment options. Take a look at our platform for top information on first-line approaches and advanced therapies.
Feeling 3: I’m ready to seek out a better life whilst living with incontinence
We hear you! The good news is that many women are already living well with incontinence. In our testimonials section you can find stories from other women who have gone through similar experiences and have genuine practical advice about dealing with the condition. Plus, if you are worried about socialising, having sex, exercising (or anything else!), then you can find tips and resources here. We hope you find the information useful – the important thing is to feel you are part of a community of women who can support each other in their journey to continence.
Thanks for reading, and Happy International Women’s Day 2021!
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