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Incontinence Myth Busting

Posted Jan 11 2010 9:06am

Incontinence affects over 6 million people in the UK; despite the high occurrence figures there are many myths that surround it. With that in mind, we came up with what we think are the most common incontinence myths and we asked our nurse specialist Shona to ‘bust’ them.

Myth 1: Incontinence is a disease
Fact: Incontinence is not a disease; it is a condition that can be temporary or ongoing.

Myth 2: Incontinence naturally occurs as we get older.
Fact: Incontinence is not an aging problem, although its occurrence is more common in older people. Some women experience incontinence after birth despite their age and there is even a form of incontinence called light adult incontinence. So we can say that incontinence is not considered a normal part of aging.

Myth 3: There is only one type of incontinence.
Fact: Our loyal readers might say that this can not even be considered a myth, but many people still think there is only one type of incontinence. To cut a long explanation short, there is Faecal Incontinence and Urinary Incontinence which can further vary in type – more info on this subject can be found on our Incontinence Help and Advice section.

Myth 4: Incontinence can only be treated with surgery.
Fact: Again, our readers will know perfectly well that this is a myth. Surgery is not an inevitable treatment for incontinence, there are many treatment options that can be tried out before considering surgery which highlights the importance of an accurate diagnose and leads us to our fifth myth…

Myth 5: Incontinence is a private matter.
Fact: We perfectly understand that incontinence can be an embarrassing condition and you might not even want to talk about it with anyone – not even your doctor. That is the biggest mistake anyone experiencing incontinence can make. Incontinence is treatable and is more common that many might think so don’t hide it.

Do you have any incontinence myths that you would like our “Myth Busting Nurse” to demystify them? If so, please leave them in our comments section and Shona will bust them for you or if you prefer you ask a discreet question on Shona’s special page here on All About Incontinence.

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