No More Shame: Five Incontinence Myths

If you are someone who is ashamed of their incontinence, you’re not alone. In fact, research showed that incontinence is still considered taboo to some people. More so than 60.6 percent of participants in an Austrian study considered incontinence, “more embarrassing than depression and cancer.”

Woman's Incontinence

Myth #1: Accidents Are For Kids

The biggest issue for most people with incontinence is equating it in their minds to what a baby or a child would do. Little humans are allowed to have accidents, they’re allowed to wear diapers, but adults shouldn’t. 

Myth #2: Only Elderly People Have Incontinence

While yes, seniors do tend to suffer more from bladder control issues, younger people do experience incontinence. In an article on The Simon Foundation for Continence a young Nora in her thirties begins her testimonial with the following statement:

"I am a woman in my thirties who has struggled with incontinence my whole life. I hid my condition for a long time because I had learned to feel shame and guilt and act in denial."

She goes on to explain that she’s had incontinence her entire life and describes the challenges she had throughout elementary school, high school, and young adulthood. There’s embarrassment around not being able to control your bladder regardless of age. Though, that doesn’t have to be the case as it’s a common condition that can affect anyone.

Myth #3: Incontinence Is A “Female” Problem  

Women do take up 85 percent of the 13 million people diagnosed with incontinence in the U.S. While the number is much lower for men, approximately 3 to 11 percent of men are incontinent, it still occurs. For men, severe incontinence tends to increase with age usually ranging between 70 to 80 years old. General urge incontinence or the need to use the bathroom is 40 to 80 percent.

Myth #4: I am Powerless Over My Incontinence

There are several things that you can do to help train your body to manage bladder control. Some triggers tend to relate to putting unnecessary strain on the pelvic muscle wall. Common strains can be lifting something heavy, laughing, sneezing, drinking too much caffeine or alcohol, being overweight, not scheduling bathroom breaks, and not doing pelvic exercises. 

Myth #5: Any Incontinence Brand Will Do

Many popular incontinence brands out there on the market today are laden with synthetic material resulting in chemicals that you absorb through your skin. Veeda is the only hypoallergenic brand made with natural ingredients, has been dermatologically tested, and is allergy certified. Veeda incontinence women and men underwear, pads, and liners contain zero latex, chlorine, lotions, fragrances and made with sustainable, Earth-friendly ingredients.

Go Natural & Put Your Body First

What touches your sensitive skin matters. After all, it only takes 26 seconds for your body to absorb harsh chemicals! So, why trust conventional brands made with synthetic materials? Veeda is here for you. We understand how sensitive bladder control can be, and that’s why we offer reliable natural solutions to your incontinence needs.