Urinary and fecal incontinence are serious health issues. Incontinence affects all age groups. It interferes with daily life. Urinary and fecal incontinence may scare you into staying home from your regular activities. They can lead to great embarrassment in public and even among family and friends. There are resources that can help you limit the amount of time that incontinence limits you.
One resource is “Taking Control: Non-surgical Treatment Options for Urinary Incontinence in Women.” It is published by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Short videos (less than 10 minutes long) inform you about types of urinary incontinence and treatment options. One video is, “Are there other women like me?” which gives support to women who have urinary incontinence. You can watch the videos and read the article at http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/ehc/decisionaids/urinary-incontinence/. A second resource is a group of resources available from the U.S. government and non-government health care associations. This resource is MedlinePlus®.
MedlinePlus is a consumer health resource produced and maintained by the National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus has more than 900 topics in English and Spanish. Two topics of interest to you are Urinary Incontinence and Bowel Incontinence. Both topics include basic information about the disorders, coping and management skills, and treatments. Information is available for men, women, and children. You can find print article and videos. There are links to help you find a health care provider in your area that treats incontinence.
Visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/bowelincontinence.html and http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/urinaryincontinence.html for more information. You can also sign up to get updates whenever topics are updated.
Urinary and fecal incontinence are treatable. With these resources, you can work with your health care provider to find the treatment that will work for you.