Urinary incontinence is a condition that can affect your self-esteem, especially when it comes to sex.
It can be difficult to talk about your condition with your partner and this may lead to anxiety and lack of sexual intercourse.
According to a study published in 2018 in BJU International, urinary incontinence is one of the main causes of a decline in sexual activity in older people. High levels of depression and anxiety were also linked to urinary incontinence, leading to lower self-esteem, anxiety, embarrassment and social withdrawal.
The International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM) elaborates on how urinary incontinence can severely affect your sex life. The fear of constant leaking during intercourse is tied to anxiety. As a result, one can start feeling undesirable and unattractive. One may also rush through sex and fail to achieve orgasm.
Anxiety can also cause the body to tense up, which may cause painful intercourse.
And besides the physical aspects, someone who is trying to hide urinary incontinence from their partner or fails to ...