Available resources for incontinence

A person with incontinence is not required to manage it by yourself. Incontinence is much more common than you think. And contrary to popular belief, this is not a particular problem for seniors, incontinence can equally affect young adolescents. In Canada, 3.3 million older people (about 10% of the population!) are affected by a type of urinary incontinence.

It is estimated that incontinence is not part of the phenomena of the normal aging process. She strikes up to 50% of women 45 and older, and about 16% of men aged 40 years.

Knowing that your case is not unique, you are entitled to expect the support of many people. Turn to:

  • Doctor: Only 26% of people with incontinence ask their doctor to give assistance. Your doctor can diagnose the problem and help you understand what is causing your incontinence. You can then combine your efforts to develop a treatment plan that will help you manage your incontinence;
  • Other health professionals: To help you determine the cause of your incontinence, your doctor may refer you to an urologist (a doctor who specializes in diseases of the urinary tract, including those of the male reproductive system). Or you could seek guidance from nurse advisor incontinence, a nurse who has special training allows him to help people with urinary incontinence. Your pharmacist can discuss with you a medication and absorbents. A physiotherapist can also help you by advising you on how to take care of your urine leakage through behavioral treatments;
  • Organizations and associations: Organizations and associations that specialize in incontinence or bladder problems and urinary tract, often provide access to support groups and provide more information on the management of incontinence. Please visit the Foundation's assistance to incontinent (Canada), The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, the Canadian Urological Association and the Canadian Nurse Continence Advisors Association (CNCA).
  • Blogs and online discussion groups : They are a good way to make contact with others and find strategies for managing incontinence that have proven themselves. Many associations and manufacturers allow you to use such resources.

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