Despite recent TV advertisements in Los Angeles featuring the glamorous Brooke Burke-Charvet that show otherwise, incontinence is not easy to discuss. It’s one of the taboos that is rarely talked about, even in private.
And there’s a good reason. No one wants to discuss urine leakage issues. Though it’s often a consequence of aging, it’s an embarrassment that not many adults want to share because wetting yourself due to the inability to control urges to urinate, known as incontinence, is associated with child-like behavior or habits.
At Comprehensive Urology in Los Angeles, we know how difficult it is to share incontinence issues. It may even seem intimidating to talk to us – and we’re incontinence specialists! In addition to the shame or embarrassment, there’s usually a pervading feeling of being alone in dealing with it or that there is not a good treatment for it.
Don’t despair. You’re not alone. Yes, it’s embarrassing but it doesn’t have to be – and it doesn’t have to dominate your life. It’s possible to regain control and manage bladder leakage.
It Can Affect Anyone
Though society tends to assign the condition to older people or to women, the fact is that no one is really immune to it. Although women are more likely to be incontinent and aging does contribute to weak bladder muscles, men are also susceptible, as are people in their 20s and 30s.
Incontinence is simply a reduction in the bladder’s ability to hold urine and/or its capacity to store it. A variety of factors can contribute to the development of incontinence. For men, an enlarged prostate or even other prostate issues can lead to weak bladder muscles.
Women, on the other hand, can be affected by a wider range of issues:
- Hormone changes
Yet, if it still seems that it doesn’t affect tough men, strong women, busy industry leaders, or others who spend their life on a public stage – think again.
To illustrate, the following five celebrities have come out about their incontinence issues. It can affect anyone at any age and at any stage of one’s life or career.
The 41-year-old mother of three says she started experiencing bladder leakage after giving birth. She jokes that her threshold is two sneezes before her weak bladder starts to let go. Also, she says, no more trampolines, especially when wearing a skirt.
32-year-old pop queen Katy Perry has said that she wore diapers during high school because her incontinence was so strong. She says that although that period of her life was about as bad as one could imagine, the experience helped her become stronger and more understanding of others.
The “King of Horror” once had a urinary tract infection that he thought was bladder cancer and the sign of his impending death. The 69-year-old novelist still keeps incontinence products close by while sleeping as a precaution because of his age.
Samuel L. Jackson
The 68-year-old actor famous for a variety of tough-talking action roles in some of the most beloved movies of all time, Jackson first developed urination issues late in his 40s. Initially embarrassed, he realized he wasn’t alone – millions of fellow Americans face the same incontinence issue daily. He wears incontinence attire on set and proudly speaks about it.
Proving once again that age is immaterial to incontinence, the 37-year-old NFL player developed a serious infection of his bladder prior to the 2009 season. He subsequently developed an overactive bladder, which led to urination issues.
Desperate to remain a starter on one of the most famous teams in the NFL (the Dallas Cowboys), Romo swallowed his pride and, during practice, donned incontinence underwear for adults.
Regardless of age or cause, bladder leakage can be effectively treated with a variety of options. Surgery could be an option, yet Comprehensive Urology also offers effective incontinence treatment plans that include medications and/or your very own customized rehabilitation program that is unique to you. Learn more about incontinence treatment and causes at WebMD.com.
Don’t Suffer Alone – Contact Comprehensive Urology for Incontinence Solutions
Bladder leakage is admittedly difficult to deal with, especially at first. However, you’re not alone. Millions of fellow Americans are dealing with it, as well. Regardless of what you think about the level of responsibility that celebrities should take on in trying to influence others, it can be comforting to know that even people in the spotlight and with seemingly ideal lives also have the same issues.
So, take heart – don’t let incontinence negatively impact your life. You can lead an active, busy life in a variety of fields in Los Angeles. Neither your age, gender, or job matters. Contact the Los Angeles incontinence experts at Comprehensive Urology for a consultation. Call 310.499.2756 or contact us online to discuss your situation.