Do I have Stress Incontinence?
Stress incontinence effects different people in different ways. For some it is only an inconvenience that can be managed, but for others it controls how they live and fundamentally impacts their quality of life.
Do you avoid doing things "just in case"?
- Running for the bus
- Keeping up with the kids
- Going on the kids' trampoline
Do you need to manage your weeing?
- Going to the loo when you don't need to, so you don't get caught out
- Rushing to the loo
- Getting there, but losing control when your hand is on the door knob
- Wetting your pants (occasionaly or frequently)
- Planning where the next loo stop is
- Wearing a pad or more perfume
Do you worry about an accident?
- Not laughing without fear of a leak
- Dreading the next bout of coughing, or a sneeze
- Coping through mock humour and joking about incidents that have happened
Have you changed your lifestyle?
- Not going out so much because an accident might happen
- Stopped doing things you used to enjoy
- Not being able to hold a tampon inside you
Do you worry about the future?
Is this you?
If your answer to any of these questions is "yes", then you are suffering from stress incontience. And, more than that, it is already preventing you from doing things that you want to do - it is impacting on your life.
If you only answer yes to the questions at the top, then it is mild for now at least. But the other questions serve as notice of what may be in store.
Don't put it off. The quicker you act, the easier it is to treat.