Living with Urinary Incontinence
The majority of women who seek treatment manage to cure their condition (they become incontinence free) or improve the symptoms (reduced number of episodes or volume of urine lost) when they receive personalised treatment indicated by a specialised healthcare professional.
Above all, there is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed when the symptoms arise and it is a good idea to discuss them with a healthcare professional in order to find the most appropriate treatment. While urinary incontinence does not pose a serious health risk, it can interfere with your daily lifestyle.
After surgery treatment a serie of cares must be followed:
- It is better to shower and avoid submerging yourself in a bath or swimming pool.
- You should not take part in sexual intercourse within the first eight weeks after the operation.
- You may experience bleeding in the first few days after the operation, but always smaller volumes than a period.
- Avoid the use of vaginal tampons.
- If you have constipation, follow a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
- Drink 1.5 litres of water per day.
- Try to hold on and urinate only once every 2–3 hours; although you may need to go more often for the first few days.
- Maintain partial rest for the first week after the operation; afterwards, you should avoid any physical strain that may increase the pressure on the abdomen for a minimum of 8 weeks, although 3 months would be ideal.
Products for urinary incontinence: absorbent products
These are single-use devices that absorb any urine and then hold it inside, thus keeping the skin dry.
It is important to select the type of absorbent based on the intensity of losses and the individual’s physique. According to their characteristics and the way they are held in place, they are indicated for situations involving different degrees of mobility/dependence (walking, bedridden).
The absorbents include a moisture indicator, usually a strip that changes colour, to avoid unnecessary changes and movements.
Skin care and hygiene
It is important to keep your skin clean and dry by following a daily hygiene routine, especially women who need to use absorbents.
There are different cleansing products available that neither irritate nor dry the skin. They are essentially moisturisers that help produce a protective barrier over the skin and keep the area dry. The majority of these creams are based on Vaseline®, zinc oxide, cocoa butter, kaolin, lanolin or paraffin.
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