LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST
No matter our age, life is best lived without regrets and with the company of our loved ones. Incontinence doesn’t have to rob you and your family of this joy.
Manage incontinence to maintain a good quality of life.
When life throws lemons at us, we try our best to catch them and make some lemonade or an amazing lemon meringue pie, to add some sweetness to our lives. As we grow older, it’s inevitable that we will encounter many challenges. What matters is how we make the best of what we have and live life to the fullest. You may still be in relatively good health, but perhaps you’ve seen your parents or grandparents battling health issues – be it high blood pressure, cancer, Alzheimer’s, or incontinence. The latter is something most prefer not to think about, and find themselves unequipped to deal with.
What is incontinence?
Incontinence is best described as any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence), or the accidental or involuntarily loss of bowel motion, faeces or wind from the bowel (faecal or bowel incontinence). You shouldn’t feel ashamed, or be made to feel embarrassed, for having a health problem – and that goes for incontinence, too. It is more likely to happen to women, especially after pregnancy, and ranges in severity from ‘just a small leak’ to the complete loss of control over bladder and bowel movements. However, the good news is that incontinence can be treated and managed. In some cases, it can also be cured.
The ‘leaky’ issue
Besides pregnancy, menopause, chronic asthma, diabetes, and arthritis are also common causes or urinary incontinence. Symptoms include an occasional leak when
you laugh, cough or exercise. It’s also possible to lose the ability to control your bladder completely. Other symptoms you may experience are the need to urgently or frequently visit the loo.
The bowel issue
If you have poor bowel control, you probably have some difficulty in controlling when you need to do the ‘number two’. Also, when you let out gas, you may be stunned to discover that you’ve stained your underwear in the process. Experiencing this on a frequent basis is a sign of faecal incontinence.
Possible causes of poor bowel control are weak ‘back-passage’ muscles due to childbirth, ageing, surgery or radiation therapy. It can also happen to those experiencing constipation or severe diarrhoea.
How to manage incontinence
Just like any other health issues, incontinence takes consistent effort to manage and possibly overcome. It’ll be worth it, though, as you and your loved ones will be able to enjoy one another’s company, as well as everyday activities. It takes some planning – not to mention a little bit of trial and error – but with an ideal routine in place, you can truly savour every moment without worry.
Understandably, if you have just been diagnosed with incontinence, you may feel uneasy and a little overwhelmed about how to manage your day-to-day activities. The first thing to do is to take a deep breath, and have a heart-to-heart talk with your doctor to discover what options are available that suit your needs, and then draw up a personalised plan. Take this opportunity to also ask about support groups that you can join – you don’t have to undergo this new chapter in your life alone.
Besides coming up with a fullproof plan, you can manage the issue by getting the right products for your lifestyle. For example, Certainty’s adult diapers, or adult pants as they’re also known, can get you through your daily routines without any worries. Certainty DayPants are specially designed to support a soft yet snug fit, giving you lasting comfort throughout the day. They’re breathable, provide dry comfort, and allow air to circulate. The doublelayer absorbent pads come with ‘leak guard protection’, so you cherish every moment with your loved ones and focus on making sweet memories.