There comes a time in life when you may need to have ‘the talk’ with a loved one. No, we’re not talking about that talk, but rather discussing incontinence, and how to manage and live with the condition.
It may be a subject you bring up, or they may choose to confide in you. Either way, it’s not the easiest conversation to have. So we’ve put together some advice to help you both.
Incontinence is nothing to be ashamed of
It’s important to state from the outset that incontinence is far from unusual, and there is absolutely no reason to be ashamed of it. In the UK alone seven million women and three million men are living with incontinence – including Kate Winslet, Stephen King and Katy Perry. And research found that over 29% of elite athletes have urinary incontinence.
Be supportive and empathetic
When discussing incontinence with your loved one, it’s essential to be sensitive. It may take them a lot of courage to open up about it, so try not to make light of it. Show them that you’re taking the conversation seriously and want to support them.
Give them the time and space to talk about their symptoms, feelings and worries, and reassure them.
Knowledge is power
There’s much you can do to manage the symptoms of incontinence, and even improve them, so we recommend finding out as much as you can about it. You can learn about the different types of incontinence and the causes.
Help is available
If they haven’t already spoken to their doctor, encourage your loved one to do so. They’ll identify what type of incontinence they have and will be able to give them advice on treating and managing it.
Also suggest they start keeping a diary of their incontinence. Recording any food and drink they consume, and the timing, frequency and urgency of their incontinence will help to identify any patterns and triggers.
Take positive action
Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles can often help to reduce the symptoms of incontinence. So suggest they start practising exercises like these every day.
Wearing the right incontinence products is also a huge confidence-booster. They won’t need to worry about leakage or odours, and many products today are so comfortable they’ll often forget they’re even wearing them. With its Motion-Flex Technology and unique design, the Active-Fit gives you freedom to move and the protection of a secure fit, so they are free to enjoy their favourite activities.
Talking about incontinence is a good thing
Being open about health symptoms and worries is always a positive step. It means you can finally get the help, reassurance and emotional support you need.
So don’t shy away from having ‘the talk’ with someone you love – whether it’s initiated by you or them. Instead, embrace it as an opportunity for you all to learn and get the help they need to live their life with confidence.
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