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Bladder leakage: it’s a wee problem

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Many people find urinary incontinence – or loss of bladder control – difficult to talk about.

It’s a real pity because the truth is as many as one in four New Zealanders experience incontinence, says Advance® products clinical educator Sally Sims.

“Severity can range from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze, to having a need to urinate that’s so sudden you don’t make it to a toilet in time.

“For many people, lacking confidence around bladder control means they avoid social situations. It can make them feel embarrassed, isolated and alone,” said Sally who is an experienced clinical nurse.

Incontinence is not a disease — it is usually a symptom of an underlying medical condition or physical problem.

“That’s why it’s important to consult your doctor to find out what’s causing your loss of bladder control. People who experience incontinence may have conditions such as Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis, they might be battling cancer or recovering from stroke or childbirth — there is any number of reasons for experiencing incontinence.”

Sadly, only a third of sufferers seek professional advice because they feel too embarrassed to talk about it with their GP, or because they think there’s nothing that will help. The reality is 70 percent of sufferers are likely to see an improvement in their bladder control by seeking professional help.

Even if problems with bladder control persist, it’s still possible to get out and enjoy life with the support of continence products so there’s no need to restrict your activities or miss out on doing the things you want to do.

You can find more information from the staff at Mobility Centre stores in Hamilton, Lower Hutt, Gisborne, Papamoa Hastings and Rotorua and talk in confidence with one of our fully trained staff about the types or continence products available or purchase online.

You can find more information and advice from Continence New Zealand, download continence information or visit your Mobility Centre Store and talk in confidence with one of our fully trained staff about the types or continence products available.

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