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How do I Choose the Best Incontinence Support?

By Erin J. Hill
Updated May 17, 2024
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Incontinence can be an embarrassing problem, so attaining the proper support, both medical and emotional, is an important aspect of treatment. You may choose one of many routes of obtaining your support structure, including discussing your problem with a trusted family doctor, talking with friends, seeing a counselor, or joining a support group. The route you choose will depend on your own individual problem, the severity of the problem, and your personal preferences.

The term incontinence is generally used to describe one of two conditions. Urinary incontinence is the most common and it is the incapability of the bladder to effectively hold urine. This can lead to embarrassing leaks in public and can become a frustrating condition. Fecal incontinence usually occurs when the sphincter muscles of the rectum no longer function properly, leading to the inability to hold stools. This can also cause accidental soiling.

While there are various reasons that one may wind up with an incontinence-related condition, all sufferers deal with the same troublesome symptoms. One place to find incontinence support is through a family physician. He or she can not only recommend available therapies, but also potential products which may prevent or camouflage accidents occurring in public settings.

Friends and family members may also provide you with emotional and mental incontinence support. They can help you avoid accidents while out by reminding you to purchase or pack necessary supplies, help you remember to take your medications, and listen to your frustrations without judgment. Speaking with a counselor may also help in this way, and may allow you to learn techniques to reduce stress and anxiety.

One of the best ways to get incontinence support is to speak with other people who are suffering from the same issues. Support groups may be offered in your area. These groups often meet once or twice a week and allows each member to discuss his or her problems related to the condition. Sometimes a counselor is also present to help everyone work through their feelings and anxieties.

There are also several online health forums which offer incontinence support virtually. These are often the most comforting because interactions are more anonymous. You can choose to reveal only the information you are comfortable with until you get to know some of the other members while still reaping the benefits of talking to others with your condition. Members often ask questions, offer advice, and vent about their experiences. This can help provide an emotional release in a safe environment and without judgment.

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Discussion Comments

By anon199737 — On Jul 24, 2011

Incontinence can be a problem for many with it. They should seek medical advice from their doctor because many forms of incontinence are treatable. And even treatable forms of incontinence can get worse over time without treatment. The wide variety of incontinence products now available is helpful, but they do not substitute for medical advice.

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