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Incontinence Myths

Incontinence affects millions of people every day— both men and women. Talking about issues like stress urinary incontinence, an enlarged prostate, or adult bedwetting isn’t something people do regularly, so there are a lot of rumors swirling around about how to manage your bladder and bowel health. We’d like to combat the rumors and get an honest dialogue going. Let us put the myths side by side for you to review.

MYTHS VS. FACTS OF INCONTINENCE

Myth: If you drink less water, you won’t have to go as often.
Fact: Drinking enough water every day is crucial to avoiding infections and keeping your body hydrated. Drinking fewer diuretics, like coffee or tea, will help lessen the urge to go.

Myth: Always buy one size larger in absorbency products.
Fact: It is very important to buy the appropriate size absorbency product to avoid skin rashes, leakage, or bunching under clothes. 

Myth: Incontinence just happens with old age. It’s normal!
Fact: Incontinence isn’t necessarily indicative of old age. It’s really indicative of weak pelvic floor muscles.

Myth: Going to the bathroom at night isn’t an issue until you have to go more than 3 times.
Fact: If you go the bathroom two times or more a night regularly, you may have Nocturia. Nocturia is an overproduction of urine at night or an overproduction of urine during the daytime and nighttime.

Myth: Accidentally wetting the bed is just a kid’s problem.
Fact: While once thought of as something only little kids experienced, studies show that at least 2% of adults lose control of urination during the night. This is bedwetting or Nocturnal Enuresis (NE).

This article is copywritten by the National Association for Continence and is used by permission and legally licensed by Urovant. For more information, visit nafc.org.

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