Let’s break the taboo: Urinary Incontinence and the Global Silence

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11 December, 2023

Urinary incontinence is a condition that affects millions of people around the world, yet it remains shrouded in silence and embarrassment. In this blog, we will explore the reasons behind the global taboo surrounding incontinence and highlight the importance of breaking the silence around this issue.

The social stigma of being seen as shameful and inappropriate to talk about urinary tract problems exists in almost every culture around the world. But is this the reason why incontinence is such a difficult topic to discuss publicly?

Urinary incontinence is a problem that is often associated with ageing and frailty, leading people to almost automatically hide their problem for fear of being judged as vulnerable and weak.

Society has increasingly promoted unrealistic standards of physical perfection, but also of health, which has led to the suppression of open conversations about this issue, which can be perceived as ‘imperfection’.

The taboo on incontinence continues and becomes more entrenched in different societies, and awareness of the conditions and causes that lead to this problem are not properly explained, making it more likely that those who suffer from this clinical condition will feel even more uncomfortable talking about it.

Even in the media and advertising, incontinence is rarely portrayed in an open and realistic way. Instead, the situation is glossed over and the symptoms of those living with the condition are trivialised, contributing to greater isolation and reluctance to seek help.

People living with urinary incontinence often face problems such as difficulty accessing essential resources, from products such as pads and diapers, to specialist healthcare professionals.

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Patients often seek medical help when their condition has progressed because they are embarrassed to have an open dialogue with their doctor about their symptoms. This lack of dialogue is a major contributor to the taboo surrounding incontinence.

Breaking down this barrier, this ‘seven-headed bug’, and making incontinence a normal health condition, promoting greater understanding, empathy and support for those living with incontinence could be the answer. It’s time to break the silence and together turn the conversation about incontinence into a collective and ongoing quest for awareness and acceptance.