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The True Impact of Incontinence

Urinary incontinence, also known as losing bladder control, is a rather common yet embarrassing problem. The severity can range from leaking urine when coughing or sneezing to not being able to hold in the sudden and extreme urge to urinate at random moments.

While this problem tends to occur more frequently in the elderly, it’s not an inevitable effect of aging.


Everyday habits, physical problems, or underlying medical conditions can cause urinary incontinence. Your doctor can help you determine the cause with tests based on your medical history.

Incontinence ranges from temporary to persistent conditions. Pregnancy, menopause, an enlarged prostate, neurological disorders, or simple changes with age can be a factor.

Here’s how consistent urinary incontinence can impact your life:

Physical impact

The real physical impact of experiencing incontinence may be lost on people who haven’t experienced it themselves. Apart from the obvious issues of having to change your bedding and clothes often, or having to run to the bathroom, you can even suffer from skin infections caused by constant exposure to moisture.

Active individuals may have to avoid or completely stop high impact exercises or running due to involuntary urine leakage. The following sedentary lifestyle can contribute to other diseases such as hypertension and osteoporosis.

Mental impact

The impact of incontinence can be devastating on a person’s mental health. People carry the burden of embarrassment and shame. They tend to hide the problem from others and most wait at least 6 years before even consulting a doctor.

An elderly person’s hands before wrinkles and fine lines treatment in CalgaryThey stop engaging in social activities because of the fear of a public accident, which can lead to isolation followed by depression and anxiety. The mental impact can even affect you if it’s a loved one suffering from the condition. There’s a change in roles, finances, sleeping, and intimacy.

Urinary incontinence treatment

If you or a loved one are affected by urinary incontinence, Refirm provides the Emsella treatment in Calgary that has revolutionized the wellness and intimate health market. This treatment uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic technology which stimulates the patient’s pelvic muscles to restore neuromuscular control.

Their wide variety of services includes cellulite and fat reduction treatment, laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation treatment, and body contouring treatment.

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