Involuntary urine leakage, or incontinence, is a problem that affects millions of men and women from all age groups. It can result from lifestyle choices and medical issues in varied levels of severity.The problem with incontinence is that it is a largely misunderstood medical conditions. Because of the limited knowledge and research on this issue, a number of myths have arisen. That could be because of the loud silence surrounding issues of the urinary tract.

Myths

It only affects older people.

Women tend to have bladder control issues as menopause sets in, which leads to a dip in estrogen levels. However, it is untrue that you will suffer from incontinence once you hit that age. In fact, women as young as 20 have been reported to experience incontinence. This is a result of weakened pelvic floor muscles. The truth is that you can strengthen pelvic floor muscles the same way as the quadriceps and biceps.

You can blame it on childbirth

About a third of women share the belief that incontinence is caused by childbirth. This is not entirely true. A lot of women who have gone through vaginal births still remain healthy and unaffected. Only in a few cases did the weight of pregnancy make women incontinent. In most cases, however, this is a temporary problem that goes away a few weeks after birth.

Leaking a little urine is normal

Creeping incontinence is hardly viewed as a medical issue. In women, slowly-emerging incontinence is usually associated with signs of the periods. Many of these women end up trying to control it with hygiene products. The only time they think of seeing a doctor is when the bladder becomes overactive and they can no longer control it.

Prostate surgery makes men incontinent.

Although temporary, some men who have undergone prostate surgery have reported an element of incontinence, but this only represents around 10 percent of all cases. The worst cases are found in men who were incontinent before they went in for the surgery, and so it is untrue to say that prostate surgery is a cause of incontinence in men.

I am too advanced in age to bother

The effectiveness of treating incontinence has nothing to do with your age. If you are incontinent, it is important to seek treatment as soon as you notice a problem. Do not wait too long. Make sure you talk to your doctor to help find out what is behind the issue. Simple remedies that work for both the young and the old include reducing your caffeine intake or moving your bowels regularly.

Kegel exercises are not effective

Nothing could be further from the truth. Pelvic floor muscles need a lot of exercises to help fight incontinence. All you need is either the FPT or MPT, depending on your gender, and consistent exercise.

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