Common Myths About Incontinence

The NHS estimates that between 3-6million people in the UK have some degree of urinary incontinence, while faecal incontinence affects 1.4% of the population over 40 years old. To help dispel any preconceptions about this condition, we have come up with a list of the most common myths about incontinence;

1. Only affects older people Although the likelihood of incontinence increases with age, anyone can experience symptoms at any time. Studies suggest that 1 in 4 women over the age of 18 leak urine involuntarily while one-third of men and women ages 30-70 have lost bladder control.

2. You should reduce your water intake It might seem like a logical step to drink less but in fact, drinking lots of water in small amounts during the day can help stop leaking, improve bladder control and reduce any odours.

3. It’s rarely a problem for men Around 20% of men in the UK suffer with incontinence problems, however they are statistically less likely to talk about incontinence issues than women, which means they are less likely to be diagnosed by a doctor and therefore more likely to be less informed about treatments.

4. Natural therapies don’t work While medication and surgery can help in some cases, studies have shown that increasing vitamin D and magnesium intake actually improves incontinence. Combining this with regular Kegel exercises, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can also help.

5. You will need a new mattress Mattress protectors are the best investment you can make if you suffer with incontinence problems. Here at ProtectAbed, we understand the difficulties faced by incontinence sufferers and with this in mind we have developed products specifically designed to help those who deal with this challenge each day. From our Basic Mattress Protector to the Cotton Cool Protector, we have a mattress protector to help you get a good night’s sleep.

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