You have lots of reasons for not treating incontinence, and you’re not alone. More than two-thirds of women who deal with leaky bladders don’t discuss it with their doctors. By the time most women seek treatment for incontinence, they’ve been dealing with bladder leakage for years or even decades. Check out why women avoid incontinence treatment and when NOT to treat incontinence at home, plus learn about easy solutions for you to regain control over your bladder.
Reasons women are not treating incontinence
Talking to your doctor about treating incontinence is awkward. No one wants to admit they pee their pants. But there are new solutions that don’t require regular office visits. ELITONE is an FDA-cleared solution that treats stress urinary incontinence safely and discretely. Here are the most common excuses for avoiding treatment and how ELITONE’s external stimulation device can help.
- I’m too busy. Between work, driving the kids to soccer, and trying to cook healthy meals, who has time to think about doing something for yourself? ELITONE is used at home and worn like a pad under your clothing, so you can do other things during the short 20-minute treatment. ELITONE’s discreet design enables you to treat while walking the dog, watching your kid’s soccer game, or paying the bills.
- My leaks aren’t that bad. Women commonly say, “I don’t have incontinence; I only leak when I laugh, sneeze, or exercise.” Guess what? That’s incontinence! You may be able to manage your leaks now, but in time leaks will worsen, and it’s much easier and cheaper to treat symptoms when they are less severe.
- It’s too expensive. Pads may not seem expensive when you buy them one package at a time, but the lifetime costs of managing incontinence add up. And if symptoms progress to the point where surgery is the only alternative, the cost can be substantial. Don’t take that risk; treat symptoms early for the best results.
- I’m too embarrassed. Incontinence isn’t something we like to think about, much less discuss, even with our doctor. Ideally, you should consult a healthcare professional about any aspect of your health, but ELITONE is easy to use and available without a prescription, so you can get started on your own.
- I’m not inserting anything in my vagina. ELITONE is noninvasive and worn against the skin, just like a pad. Nothing is inserted inside your body ever. All the other options require vaginal insertion, which is a non-starter for many women.
Do any of these reasons sound familiar? Maybe it’s time to talk to your doctor about treating incontinence, and possibly even more importantly, determining when you shouldn’t treat incontinence.
When NOT to treat incontinence
Treating incontinence early means you’ll have more success in stopping those annoying bladder leaks. However, there are situations where you might want to think twice about over-the-counter solutions to treat incontinence.
- Type of incontinence. When your incontinence doesn’t fit the definition of stress or urge incontinence, you should make an appointment with a medical professional. Most over-the-counter treatments are designed for stress and urge incontinence only, so seek help with a doctor for treatment with other types of incontinence.
- Underlying conditions. When your stress incontinence is not from the typical weak or stretched pelvic floor muscles, it may be caused by some other underlying condition, such as muscles that are too tight. A consult with your doctor can sort out any other health issues that might be contributing to incontinence.
- Second opinion. When the only option presented to you by a surgeon is surgery, you should seek a second opinion. Surgery may be the best choice for your condition, but first, you should rule out all conservative methods of treating incontinence. Because surgery is their area of expertise, many surgeons are not aware of the newer conservative treatments, such as external electrical stimulation.
Learn more about treating incontinence
There is hope for treating incontinence. Check out these resources if you’re interested in learning about how to treat incontinence, plus reasons why to start now.