Questions about Support
What is the impact of urinary incontinence in my life?
Urinary incontinence can be an embarrassing and isolating condition that affects your physical and psychological health. Although it is not life-threatening, it usually has a negative impact on your quality of life. Incontinence can affect your social life, your work, and your sex life. It causes physical and emotional discomfort, and can lead to low self-esteem.
How can I deal with incontinence in my everyday life?
There are specialist doctors and nurses who can help you with your incontinence problem. Health care professionals are there to help you find a solution to your urinary incontinence problem. Do not be afraid to ask for their help.
General lifestyle changes can help manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Follow the advice of your doctor or nurse.
Here are some things you can try:
- Ask your doctor or nurse about products to help contain urine leakage, such as pads, drip collectors, and external collection devices. Discuss with your doctor or nurse which type of continence product best fits your lifestyle needs.
- Try to make sure you always know where the nearest toilet is.
- Invest in odour preventers. Ask your pharmacist or doctor about these
- Wear dark coloured clothes. Lighter-coloured clothes may show stains more easily
- Try to use the toilet every 3 or 4 hours