I had my first baby and ended up with hemorrhoids. The second baby caused bladder leakage which did not trouble me until I had pneumonia. I was coughing so hard that I peed all over myself and the bed. Needless to say, I was MORTIFIED! This is how it starts. Stress incontinence. You sneeze or cough or even laugh and suddenly you are either leaking a few drops or peeing like a race horse. I was too embarrassed to mention it to my doctor so I just went on with my day to day life and when I needed to protect myself I would either use gobs of toilet paper or menstrual pads. This was in the days before Depend® were available.
I ended up having three kids and the incontinence got worse with each one. It got to the point when I was wearing menstrual pads all the time because in addition to the stress incontinence I also suffered from urgency and kegels were not helping one bit. One day while I was scheduling my hysterectomy, my doctor asked me if I ever had issues with incontinence. I looked at her and said, "I am 38 years old, I have had 3 kids and I am fat. Of course I have issues with incontinence!" She said she would do a procedure that would take care of that for me. And it did, for quite a long time. But it's not working so well anymore. I can't take any of the meds that are available for incontinence because they have atropine in them and I am unable to see when I take anything with atropine. So I count on Depend® with Fit-Flex protection for these situations.
What I love best about Depend® is that they don't just offer a product, but they also offer you community support so that you are not alone in this. You can read and watch real stories from real people. People just like you and me.
Depend® has a number of different products available to fit your needs and they even offer a free sample for residents of the US and Canada!
Here's my burning question, have you spoken about your incontinence with anyone?