Is Incontinence a Disability?

Incontinence is a health condition whereby a person loses control of his or her urine and or bowel movement. It means that a person may pee or poop at the wrong time and place. It ranges in severity from just a small leak when coughing to a total loss of bladder or bowel control. A person can stain his or her underwear or completely wet himself or herself without control.
Losing the ability to hold it in until a person gets to the toilet can make him or her feel embarrassed, especially when it happens in a public place. Incontinence, in this regard, can interfere with work and personal life. It can rid a person of the will to get out and enjoy his or her life. It can make a person dread meeting people.
Approximately 1 in 20 people experience incontinence. It is not a rare case because it happens to many people. More importantly, incontinence can be managed and cured. It means that a person does not have to suffer the difficulties brought about by incontinence for the rest of his or her life. Through a consultation with a specialist, a person can determine the best way to be treated and hope for his or her life to get back to normal. To cure incontinence, a doctor will usually recommend any or all of these: medications, bladder training, and surgery.
Until it is cured, a person can also take advantage of the different tools and wearables to manage incontinence. Examples are disposable urinal bottles, nappies, and wet pads. These things will not cure incontinence, but they can help a person keep incontinence from making him or her feel disabled.
Incontinence does not have to be a disability. The fact that it is curable means that it is not the end of the world for a person with incontinence. Also, until the illness is cured, there are several tools that he or she can use to deal with its hassles.