Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for urinary incontinence

Caring for someone with incontinence can be demanding, whether an acquaintance or family member. 

Developing a management plan - or a routine care - is a method you can take to organize your time and resources to be better able to take care of not only loved, but also of yourself.

Q. Incontinence is it part of the normal aging process?

A. No. Incontinence affects more often the elderly, but this is not a phenomenon that is part of the normal aging process - it can be treated.

Q. Incontinence is a disease?

A. No. Incontinence is a symptom caused by a weakened pelvic muscle, a neurological disorder like multiple sclerosis. Its appearance may be subsequent to trauma, to a medication or surgery.

Q. Incontinence is she running?

A. Estimated to affect 3.3 million people in Canada. Up to 50% of women aged 45 years and older, suffer from incontinence while about 16% of men aged 40 observed symptoms of urinary incontinence.

Q. What are the symptoms of urinary incontinence?

A. The most characteristic symptom of urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine. It can be a big or a small amount of urine, and can occur after sneezing or coughing; the symptom may also consist of a compelling urge to urinate and frequent. Some people always feel the need to go to the bathroom again, even just after emptying their bladders.

Q. Incontinence is it intermittent?

A. Sometimes, depending on the cause. For example, a urinary tract infection, or constipation may cause leakage of urine. Your incontinence is likely to disappear spontaneously after recovery of urinary tract infection or resumption of normal rhythm of defecation.

Q. How will I it possible to manage my incontinence?

A. You can manage your incontinence in several ways, including limiting or eliminating alcohol and coffee and caffeinated tea, maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, emptying your bladder completely when you urinate; regulating the number of draining your bladder and bringing needed towels or underwear absorbent protection.


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