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Incontinence

Temuco, Chile(Zone 9b)

Several million of people experience bladder and bowel control problems during their lifetime. Most of them never seek the professional help that could give them back their quality of life.If you're too scared to play sport or attend social occasions because you're afraid of not being able to control your bladder or bowel, you're not alone.

If you have accidents where you wet yourself (even just a little bit), or pass faeces (poo) at the wrong time or in the wrong place, you suffer from incontinence.

Leakage of urine is called urinary incontinence, while accidents involving faeces are known as faecal incontinence.

Sadly, many people with incontinence problems suffer in silence. These people don't seek help because they are embarrassed or, mistakenly, believe that nothing can be done to help them. Many people think this loss of bladder and bowel control is just a normal part of ageing.

Yet in most cases the condition can be cured, or at least better managed, so that it has less impact on your life. Staying home or wearing absorbent pads are not the only options, if you can, see your doctor to find out what your options are. If you cannot perhaps you can find courage to discuss it and see if we can help each other.

The range of normal bladder and bowel function is quite broad, with most people needing to empty their bladder four to eight times a day, or about every three to four hours. You may also wake once at night to pass urine, or perhaps twice if you are over 65.

For bowel function, the normal range is from three times a day to once every three days. Stools should be smooth and sausage-shaped and easy to pass.

But people with incontinence problems may find they are going to the toilet much more often than this or that they have unexpected leakage between visits, especially with sudden movements such as a cough or sneeze. Others experience an urgent need that does not give them enough time to get to the toilet.

I am going to leave it til here and see if there is any interest to continue. There are many ways to help each other so let's move this thread and try to be free of this little problem that may be upsetting many.

cristina

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