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I am a 28 year old woman who has suffered on and off with bladder infections.
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There is such a stigma attached to loss of bladder control and the shame of it is
that there is almost always something that can be done. It is not discussed openly
among sufferers, and as a result there are a lot of myths surrounding the problem.
Bladder control loss is not a disease; it is a symptom or side effect of another
medical condition. That’s why it is so important to check with your doctor/health
care professional if you experience any type of bladder control problem. Treating
the ailment often alleviates bladder control loss.
In Singapore, one in four women experiences bladder control loss. Women are affected
8-9 times more often than men. Approximately 10% of men over 65 suffer from light
urinary incontinence. While the prevalence of light urinary incontinence does increase
with age, it most often starts in young women after they have a baby.
About 7% of children aged 5-11 experience bed-wetting! Without proper management,
some of these children might develop urge incontinence later in life.
Women who suffer from bladder control loss generally report their symptoms to be
worsening over time. The symptoms cannot simply go away by themselves unless you
do something to help them do so!
Luckily there is almost always something that can be done for light urinary incontinence.
It’s just a matter of knowing where to go for help. Your doctor or health professional
is always a good person to start with. If simple measures don’t seem to help, they
can refer you to a physiotherapist or nurse continence advisor.
In fact, urine becomes more concentrated due to lack of fluid intake, which
can then irritate the bladder and cause more serious problems such as infection
and dehydration. In addition, inadequate fluid intake can cause constipation, which
may also make matters worse.
Advances in absorbent technology have made it possible to change big and bulky products
into thin discreet pads and panty liners. Poise® Products are specifically designed
to absorb light urine, naturalise smell, and keep your skin dry. Ordinary sanitary
products do not offer this type of protection.
The last thing you want to do is let light urinary leakage get in the way of doing
the things you love.
Bladder control loss can often be cured and is always manageable. It is really important
that you strive to continue your usual sport and recreation activities. Maintaining
your current physical activity levels will help you avoid putting on weight which
can make bladder control much more difficult to maintain.
The Poise® range of products will allow
you to carry on with your chosen activities as you have always done. Be sure to
see our Liners and
Pads pages for options.