It’s not always easy to talk about bladder and bowel health, but there’s nothing to feel embarrassed about. Whether it’s talking to parents, friends, teachers or anybody else you trust, it’s easy to get a bit nervous or uncomfortable. But talking to people really can improve how you’re feeling. It’s often the first step in getting support and sorting out treatment.
Do not restrict your fluid intake unless a doctor tells you to. It’s natural to think that reducing the amount of fluids you have each day might prevent incontinence, but in most cases it only trains your bladder to be able to hold less liquid and can make the issue worse. The only fluids that should be avoided are caffeine drinks like coffee, tea and energy drinks, and alcohol too. These fluids can make incontinence worse for some people.
Feeling a bit hopeless? Worrying that your incontinence might never improve? Don’t worry, this is super normal. But there are lots of ways to help you stay on top of the instructions from your doctor. It’s important to stay motivated and make sure you’re giving your treatment your all.
There are times when incontinence might feel annoying or hard to manage. It’s important to know that you can still get involved in activities. There are different ways to manage these kinds of situations so you can still feel good about doing the things you love.
Bladder and bowel control problems can impact many parts of your life. In some cases, it can make you feel uneasy about hanging out with your friends. Lots of people worry that they’ll be teased if they have an accident in front of their friends. It’s normal to feel limited by incontinence at times, but by building your confidence you’ll be prepped to face any of life’s challenges.
Continence products like pads and speciality clothing can be helpful in certain situations. Having them on hand when you need them can be an important part of managing any accidents you might have. But they can’t replace a comprehensive treatment plan from a doctor or health professional. You still need one of those.