Why is incontinence a global health issue?
April 7th was World Health Day 2021, and the theme this year is “building a fairer, healthier world for everyone”. At WFIPP, this is a goal that we wholeheartedly support. Everybody should be able to access the healthcare that they need, and that includes finding a treatment for incontinence. In this blogpost we’ve highlighted some of our favourite facts to help raise awareness of this important issue.
1. Incontinence is a common problem
The biggest reason why incontinence is a global health issue is that it affects millions of people around the world. So why aren’t we more aware of it? One reason could be that it is often seen as “the greatest medical taboo”, and kept a secret from friends and family. Furthermore, out of fear or shame of admitting they have a problem, many sufferers use emergency products such as feminine pads rather than visiting a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis. This means that incontinence is probably even more common than the official statistics suggest! Check out our infographics on how many people are thought to be affected around the globe.
2. Incontinence can affect anyone
Many people believe that incontinence is a condition that only affects older people. But in fact, it can affect people of all groups and ages. Many women suffer symptoms after childbirth, and parents frequently report that their children wet the bed or soil their clothes. You’d be amazed to find out how many people are out there searching for answers and information about their concerns. So basically – it’s not just an issue for people in care homes. It’s a global health issue that everybody should be aware of.
3. There are many ways to get help with incontinence
Again, a lack of awareness around incontinence means that some people incorrectly believe that the main solution is incontinence pads or adult nappies. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Over the years, healthcare professionals have developed a wide range of options for those suffering from incontinence. This can range from first-line treatments such as pelvic-floor exercises, through to more advanced treatments such as sacral neuromodulation. You can find all the details on our platform.
4. A better life for incontinence sufferers
The ultimate goal for anybody suffering with this condition is to reach continence. And trust us, if we can continue raising awareness of this global health issue, then we can help many more people get there! In the meantime however, there are ways to improve your day-to- day life. So if you are struggling to socialise, have sex, or care for somebody with incontinence, don’t do so in silence! Firstly, you should speak to a healthcare professional about your symptoms so that you can get a proper diagnosis. Secondly, take a look at our ‘How to live with incontinence’ guide on the platform. Help is out there for everybody!
Finally, please join our community today and help us to raise awareness of incontinence starting with World Health Day 7th April, 2021.
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