ZOOMER Magazine - - ISSUE - [1] Cana­dian Con­ti­nence Foun­da­tion, http://www.cana­di­an­con­ti­­quently-asked-ques­tions.php

Do you leak when you least ex­pect it? You may feel as though it’s con­trol­ling your en­joy­ment of life, and putting lim­its on the ac­tiv­i­ties that once brought you plea­sure. You may also feel as though you’re alone. You’re not. In fact, the Cana­dian Con­ti­nence Foun­da­tion re­ports that al­most 10 per­cent of Cana­di­ans have some de­gree of blad­der leak­age, also known as uri­nary in­con­ti­nence.[ 1] Al­though many be­lieve symp­toms are more preva­lent as we get older, younger peo­ple can ex­pe­ri­ence leak­age as well. An in­ter­rup­tion in the sig­nals be­tween the blad­der and the brain, which can be caused by many fac­tors, can lead to leak­age. Com­mon causes in­clude phys­i­cal changes, nerve dam­age, weight gain and med­i­ca­tion side ef­fects. If you don’t ex­pe­ri­ence the con­di­tion per­son­ally, chances are you may be close to some­one who does. It’s im­por­tant to open up a di­a­logue around this hush-hush sub­ject so every­one feels em­pow­ered to find the prod­ucts or re­sources that al­low them to live their best lives. While blad­der leak­age is com­mon, most of us tend to clam up about it. In fact, ex­perts say the num­ber of peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing leak­age is likely much higher than what’s doc­u­mented – in Canada, it’s be­lieved to be more than three times higher – sim­ply be­cause so many peo­ple don’t talk about it when it hap­pens to them. They’re too em­bar­rassed or ashamed to bring it up, not only with friends, fam­ily mem­bers or co-work­ers, but even with health­care pro­fes­sion­als. In a re­cent sur­vey of CARP mem­bers, over 70 per­cent dis­closed that they’d ex­pe­ri­enced some de­gree of blad­der leak­age, yet more than half hadn’t told any­one about it. That could mean they’re not get­ting ad­e­quate help. But break­ing the si­lence can make a pos­i­tive im­pact on your life, and can mean liv­ing with the con­fi­dence to do all of the things you did be­fore ex­pe­ri­enc­ing leak­age symp­toms. With Novem­ber be­ing In­con­ti­nence Aware­ness Month in Canada, we want to en­cour­age more peo­ple to talk about the con­di­tion and ac­cess the sup­port and tools that are avail­able. If you’re still mak­ing up your mind about whether to talk to some­one about leak­age, here are a few points to con­sider.


Many peo­ple with blad­der leak­age talk about the re­stric­tion it puts on their ac­tiv­i­ties or so­cial life. They worry about be­ing too far from a wash­room, and they stay home when they’d much rather be go­ing out. Many re­spon­dents in the CARP sur­vey ad­mit­ted that blad­der leak­age has im­pacted their en­joy­ment of life, their travel plans, in­ti­macy and re­la­tion­ships. One fe­male mem­ber re­luc­tantly started mak­ing ex­cuses not to meet her daugh­ter for their weekly walks, as she felt self­con­scious about her con­di­tion.

Un­know­ingly, blad­der leak­age can deeply im­pact re­la­tion­ships with loved ones. And in the vast ma­jor­ity of cases, there is a way to man­age symp­toms and al­low you to re­con­nect with those you en­joy spend­ing time with.


Just a few years ago, we didn’t have some of the op­tions that are avail­able to­day, such as cut­ting-edge med­i­ca­tions, in­jec­tions for blad­der con­trol or sleeker, more com­fort­able dis­pos­able un­der­gar­ments like De­pend ® Sil­hou­ette ® Briefs for Women or De­pend ® Real-Fit ®

Briefs for Men. These briefs have an ad­vanced ab­sorbent de­sign that helps pre­vent leaks and locks in odours. Their pre­mium cot­ton-like breath­able fab­ric moves with your body for a close-to-body, un­der­wear-like fit so you can look and feel great while stay­ing pro­tected at all times.

Poise ® Im­pressa ® Blad­der

Sup­ports is an ex­cit­ing in­no­va­tion for women who ex­pe­ri­ence light blad­der leaks. The over-the-counter in­ter­nal de­vice, in­serted like a tam­pon, helps stop un­ex­pected leaks be­fore they hap­pen by plac­ing pres­sure on the ure­thra. The prod­uct is eas­ily in­serted and re­moved, and can be worn com­fort­ably for up to 12 hours in any 24-hour pe­riod.


Over 60 per­cent of the CARP sur­vey re­spon­dents talked about a loss of con­trol over their own lives. One male CARP mem­ber noted how the sud­den lack of con­trol over his blad­der se­verely af­fected his over­all self-es­teem, and led to a fear of de­vel­op­ing in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ships. Peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­ence blad­der leak­age fre­quently feel as though the con­di­tion dom­i­nates them, in­stead of the other way around. But by ac­tively seek­ing the sup­port and in­for­ma­tion you need to man­age your blad­der leak­age, you’re putting your­self back in the driver’s seat. When you’re open about your own blad­der leak­age, not only can you take con­trol over your con­di­tion, but you help re­duce the stigma around the topic and in­spire oth­ers to do the same. Visit de­ for free sam­ples and to see what you can gain back.

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