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  1. Hi Kerryanne,

    The kegel exercise is one that I am very familiar with, and I know it can be used for a whole host of reasons to strengthen the pelvic area.

    The risk factors you have mentioned really rang true for me, and remind me of my late mother.

    She suffered from incontinence, and also happened to be a woman (obviously), overweight and a diabetic.

    I recall whenever I took her out somewhere that we could only ever go to places that we were sure would have an easily accessible toilet, for this very reason.

    Thank you for a thoroughly informative and enjoyable read.
    Partha

    • Hello Partha, thank you for your approving comment. Unfortunately, this condition affects the days of a person and makes the life she has so much smaller than it used to be, or could be, as your mother sadly had to experience it herself.

  2. I took AP Anatomy and Physiology in school and learned much about the Urinary System And I totally agree with you. Anyone who struggles with Urinary incontinence is in a constant state of embarrassment and shame. People who are educated on this should be there for anyone struggling with Urinary Incontinence to make them feel like their in a safe welcoming environment.

    • That awful feeling that shouldn’t be there, isn’t it? And, you’re right, specialists should be there for those in need of their support, but, first, they need to be asked, otherwise they wouldn’t know the person needs help. Thank you for your comment, Aminah

  3. It’s so sad that people end up completely isolating themselves due to this condition. I can understand how they feel, even though I wish they didn’t feel such shame about it. It can be very hard, especially for women with issues such as prolapsed bladder. Even though there are various treatments, the success of these treatments differs from person to person. There’s no “one size fits all”. It’s a tough thing to live with but your post brings some hope and hopefully will push people to get help.

    • Hi Debbie, nice of you to pop in and comment. My goal was bringing the necessity and the possibilities of dealing with it to attention of those who are affected. The hush up practise never brings anything good. Taking action in order to improve or preserve our health is always a better option. The fallen bladder is another level of problems with incontinence in women only, which I’ll be doing a follow-up article about. Thank you for bringing it up.

  4. Thank you for sharing this valuable information that is not often discussed. I did not know the alcohol, coffee, tea, soda and chocolate affect incontinence.

    • Yes, they can, as they act like diuretics, the bladder is easily “overfilled”, especially if consumed before bed time. Thank you for stopping by and reading my post.

  5. Sasha

    This is a topic that should be talked more about publicly and I am so glad you are doing so. Old age is real and will happen to all of us; the more informed we are of this, the better choices we will be able to make in our current life. I love how you have given a list of things people can do in terms of management of incontinence ( have to be honest, this is a new word I have just learned!) . I guess it is equally important to do kegel exercises to offset incontinence as well. Thank you for writing about this and I look forward to reading more from you.

    • Thank you Sasha for your kind comment! Hah, the less of these words you know, the less you’ve been involved with such conditions, which is good. However, the sooner you are familiar with the risks and ways to prevent them – the better, so you can do all you can to keep the word away from your reality. All the best Sasha, stay healthy in your future old age, as well.

  6. Some great advice for the elderly although I am not there just yet.

    There should be times in our life (stages) where we should be making many changes because we can’t continue as if we were still in our younger years.

    Everything sort of slows down and we should be prepared to make some lifestyle changes especially if we want to enjoy our later days.

    The age of 40 used to be a thing but now 50 is the new 40, maybe even 60 for many.

    Thanks for sharing

    • Hi Mick, I totally agree. Luckily, the 50s and even 60s do not have to be the threshold of the real old age anymore. However, it certainly is good to prepare in time, before, as you say, everything slows down,in order to enjoy more carefree later days. Thank you for your kind comment.

  7. A very good topic I have been exposed to this topic myself and I know how painful it can be, but I did not have a problem with someone close to me. And I absolutely agree that there should be more awareness and talk about this issue so that people understand that it is not a shame.

  8. Hi Kerryanne,

    I can imagine that this is a reason for embarrassment to many … I had not considered how incontinence can limit your social life, but after reading your first paragraphs it suddenly hit me how it does impact simple activities that many of us take for granted.
    I often see the incontinence pads at the pharmacy and I always thought that they were also “the solution”, sorry, I wasn’t aware of the extent of this problem, and your article opened my eyes.
    I am glad that there are exercises for this, and that incontinence pads are not the only “solution”. It is also good to know that this can be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle.
    Very informative article! Thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you for your feedback Christine. You are not alone who was not aware, and the main aim of this article is exactly to raise the awareness, primarily of those affected by the condition, but, also, everyone else’s, giving a chance to avoid it in later life stages. Thanks again for your comment. It fills me with joy if I could influence your thoughts on the matter.

  9. What an informative post. I totally agree with you that shame and fear are what holds people back from seeking help early.
    When I had my last child, I had a period of urinary incontinence due to child-birth and some surgical operations. I was lucky that with some Pelvic floor exercise, I was able to regain it back.

    • Thank you! Indeed, people tend to keep this problem for themselves, feeling deeply ashamed for having it. It is not rare at all to gain incontinence after having a child. You were not only lucky, as I see it, you acknowledged the problem and worked for its resolution. Well done. Thank you for sharing.

  10. When I had just given birth to my son I did a lot of pelvic floor muscle exercises. And I started doing them again – although not regularly enough – after a friend of mine got this problem. Seeing her distress it motivates me a lot to keep on doing these exercises as they sure seem to help.
    Thanks for your extensive explanation!

    • Good for you to start exercising again, the results will show. Ideally, it becomes an everyday habit, as brushing your teeth at least twice a day. You could even do the two in the same time, that way you might get some regularity. Or connect it with something else you do regularly, just make sure to keep up working on it.
      Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your experience.

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