How to Overcome Embarrassment Over Urinary Incontinence

How to Overcome Embarrassment Over Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence

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Many women who suffer with urinary incontinence rarely seek help for this condition. The reason is most likely a mixture of embarrassment and just not believing that the doctor can help. With all the advancements in medical technology, there are good solutions for many types of urinary incontinence. In fact, a urologist can help with urinary incontinence in about 8 out of 10 cases.

This just leaves the issue of embarrassment. Unlike most other health conditions, incontinence is a topic that people just don’t like to talk about. It may stem back to shame issues that we dealt with as children going through potty training. Or it could be that we associate incontinence with getting older and no one wants to admit they’ve gotten to “that age”. Whichever it is, there are many cultural taboos associated with incontinence.

In order to address the problem and get help, it’s important to realize that it’s no different than any other health issue, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Someone with diabetes would never dream of refusing medical help out of embarrassment. So the best approach may be to simply gain a new and more positive perspective. If you have a close family member or friend you could talk to about incontinence, then this could be a way to take the pressure off and get to the place of being able to discuss the issue.

Remember that your doctor will keep all that you say in strictest confidence. She is a trained professional who understands the many emotions tied to certain health conditions. Below are a few other helpful suggestions:

  • Read up on incontinence and get familiar with the lingo.
  • Work with a female urologist. Women always find it easier to talk to other women.
  • Stop apologizing. It’s nothing that you did wrong.
  • Embarrassment is essentially a type of fear so reassure yourself that everything’s going to be okay and there’s no reason to be afraid.
  • Talk to others who have this condition if possible.

And do schedule an appointment to speak to a urologist. Once you have this problem handled, you’ll feel more like your old self. You can stop worrying about having an embarrassing accident in public and go back to enjoying your life.

Urinary Incontinence