Addressing Urinary Incontinence With Family Members

Created Date: 2017-08-14 Comment: 0

Urinary incontinence is extremely common. However, there is still stigma and embarrassment around the issue.  It can be a minefield trying to talk about it with family members, but talking about it, even though it may be extremely uncomfortable at the time, can bring family members together and a step closer to reducing and managing the issue.

 
How Do I Begin The Talk About Urinary Incontinence?
 
Let’s be honest, starting the conversation won’t be one of the easiest things you have ever tackled, but it is necessary. Don’t approach it in an off the cuff conversation, pick a time when the other person is quiet, relaxed and in a private setting.  Write down an opening sentence and memorise it, this will take away the worry and anxiety leading up to the chat.  
 
What Should I Expect From A Conversation About Incontinence?
 
Urinary incontinence can affect Australians of all ages.  Teenagers can experience bed-wetting, pensioners can suffer from bladder leakage, and those suffering menopause, or who are recovering from childbirth can also be affected.  There are many levels and types of urinary incontinence which can be permanent, or temporary. Either way, it’s a sensitive subject so expect the following:-
 
Denial
Embarrassment
Anger
Frustration
Silence
 
Don’t push the subject once it is raised. If you sense any of the above, then leave the topic and let the person you are speaking to take on board the conversation. It is human nature to bite back if you are confronted with anger or a negative attitude but remember these reactions are being acted out of embarrassment.
Solutions When Dealing With Urinary Incontinence
 
Have some solutions in place when you have the talk. Strike while the iron is hot when it comes to looking to cure, reduce, or manage incontinence with your family member.  Book an appointment with a GP and research incontinence products online.  Buying online takes away the embarrassment of the checkout in a supermarket or chemist, and shipments are sent in discreet packaging.  There are also significant advances in adult incontinence products, and pull-on options look and feel just like underwear and aren’t noticeable through clothing.
 
See The Funny Side Of Incontinence!
 
This may sound a bizarre statement, but humour is a proven way to take the stigma and awkwardness out of an embarrassing or awkward conversation.  By injecting some humour, the pressure of a conversation can be reduced, and once the family member you are talking to feels relaxed you have a better chance of a productive chat and can come up with a realistic plan of how to tackle urinary incontinence together.
 
If you have a plan, keep the conversation calm, and add a bit of humour, you are likely to have a productive conversation about incontinence and the person who needs help will also feel that they no longer harbour an embarrassing secret. 
 

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