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Incontinence pants are the preferable choice for many users. In contrast to pads, they can be worn like normal underwear and are less bulky than some nappies and pads.
Incontinence pants are available in both washable and disposable designs. With various brands to choose from, the market offers a diverse range of pants to choose from. If incontinence pants are your chosen design, it is important to know which design is suitable for your severity level and lifestyle.
Washable pants are available in a range of different designs, and are less absorbent than disposable pants.
Cost-effective. Washable pants last a long time, as they can be re-washed numerous times. This makes them a cost effective, durable solution.
Discreet. Washable incontinence pants are thinner, meaning they are often more discreet and undetectable.
Feel like Normal Underwear. This is a key advantage of washable pants. Washable pants have no bulk and are designed to feel just like your normal pants. This can help to “normalize” products for some people, causing discretion and increasing confidence.
Feature Anatomically Shaped Options. You can find washable pants in many designs specially for men and women. For example, there are men’s incontinence shorts and women’s knickers available in the market.
Maximum Comfort. Washable pants are often smaller and provide a close fit, making them more comfortable than a heavier product. Designed from materials similar to normal underwear, their soft feel on the skin ensures maximum comfort.
Less Absorbent than Disposable Pants. Washable incontinence pants are designed for people with lighter incontinence, and hold much less absorbency capacity than disposable pants. They are therefore unsuitable for faecal incontinence pants.
Money can be Spent on Washing. Washable pants are very cost effective. However, they do increase the amount of washing you have to do regularly
Disposable incontinence pants are traditional pull up incontinence pants. They have much higher absorbency than washable pants.
Higher Absorbency. Disposable pants are designed for heavier incontinence, which makes them a more reliable option for those who need them.
Ideal for Faecal and Urinary Incontinence. Unlike washable pants, disposable pants are suitable for managing both faecal and urinary incontinence.
Can be thrown away and replaced. You don’t need to worry about washing disposable pants, as they can easily be disposed of and replaced.
Advanced odour control systems. As these pants are highly absorbent, they often have more advanced
Less cost effective. Disposable pants don’t last as long as washable pants and are replaced often. This makes them a less cost-effective option.
Feel less discreet. Disposable pants have less of a “normal underwear” feel, and often feel bulkier and more noticeable.
Aren’t available in different styles. Disposable pants are not available in as many designs as washable pants.
If you have light incontinence, washable pants are the recommended option. They are also highly durable and can be washed numerous times. If you are looking primarily for comfort, washable products are recommended.
For those with heavier urinary or faecal incontinence, disposable pull up pants are a more suitable option.
Generally, the more economical and discreet option are the washable pants. However, if higher absorbency is needed, we recommend using the pull up pants.
This Thursday 11th April marks Parkinson’s Awareness Day. Parkinson’s is a neurological condition, which like many others, can cause neurogenic Bladder.
Neurogenic bladder is bladder dysfunction caused by neurologic damage. This damage can be due to internal or external trauma, disease or injury. Diseases commonly associated with Neurogenic Bladder include:
Most of us don’t give much thought to how our nervous system affects the urinary system. However, our nervous system actually plays a big part in regulating the storage of urine in the bladder and bladder coordination. Our nerves and muscles work together for your bladder to hold urine until you are ready to empty it. Nerve messages go back and forth between the brain and the muscles controlling bladder emptying. Damage to the nervous system can cause problems that affect the lower urinary tract, which includes the bladder, the urethra and the sphincters. This damage therefore means these muscles lose the ability to hold or release urine at the right time.
Depending on the damage done to your nerves, you can actually either have underactive or overactive bladder. Overactive bladder symptoms include urinating frequently in small amounts and experiencing loss of bladder control. It can also mean having a strong urge to urinate and having problems emptying the bladder fully. An underactive bladder, on the other hand, can cause an inability to feel when the bladder is full and the bladder filling above normal capacity. People often also experience urinary retention, which is the inability to empty the bladder.
Catheterisation is often provided for people with a Neurogenic Bladder. These are thin tubes that are inserted through the urethra into the bladder to drain urine.
In some cases, surgery is the best option. Bladder augmentation is a common surgery method, where intestines are removed and attached to the bladder wall. This increases the bladder’s ability to store urine. Another method is injecting Botox into the bladder or urinary sphincters.
Doctors may also recommend various lifestyle changes, such as avoiding bladder irritants. It is recommended that you cut out coffee, spicy foods and citrus fruits. Your Doctor may recommend a healthy diet plan for you Being overweight can also worsen incontinence, so it is advised that you maintain a healthy weight.
Parkinson’s Awareness Day was created to increase understanding of Parkinson’s as a serious condition. Many people with Parkinson’s do not feel understood or feel like they aren’t taken seriously. You can host your own World Parkinson’s Day Event and approach your local media with a story, or even place Parkinson’s UK’s artwork at your local bus stop. You can visit Parkinson’s UK for artwork and campaign material to download.
Surgery is a common method of treating prostate cancer that hasn't spread outside the prostate gland. Radical Prostatectomy is the most common type, and involves the surgeon removing the entire prostate gland.
The type of radical prostatectomy performed can vary and depends on the hospital. Keyhole surgery, minimally invasive surgery, involves making five or six cuts to remove the prostate. Robot-assisted surgery means the surgeon uses three robotic arms controlled from a computer. During open surgery, a single cut is made in the stomach.
Unfortunately, incontinence is a common side effect of Prostate Surgery. However, incontinence experienced by men is often only light and temporary. But exactly how long do you have incontinence after Prostate Surgery?
You can rest assured that the incontinence you experience after prostate surgery isn’t likely to involve complete bladder emptying. Rather, the short-term incontinence experienced by most is more of a slight drip or leak. This happens most often during strenuous activity or when pressure is placed on the bladder.
There is no standard amount of time that is expected of incontinence. However, patients who experienced normal continence prior to surgery should regain function within 12-13 months of their surgery. There is never an 100% guarantee of this rule, however surgeons work their hardest to cut this time down. Luckily, with the advanced techniques available today, the majority of people should only expect short term side effects.
It’s rare that men experience long term incontinence after prostate cancer treatment. As a general rule, if your incontinence symptoms last over a year, you should contact a Doctor. There are a number of procedures that exist to restore continence if you do find yourself with long term incontinence.
The prostate gland actually sits at the base of the bladder. The urethra runs through the center of the prostate gland. Where the bladder and urethra join, there is a ring of muscles called the bladder neck sphincter. These muscles are vital for our bladder control in staying continent. The bladder neck sphincter closes to prevent urine leaking out, but opens to allow urine to pass. Temporary incontinence occurs due to distress to the bladder neck sphincter during the surgery.
Choosing an incontinence product depends on the severity of your incontinence and your mobility. If you only have the occasional light leak, a low absorbency “light” product is ideal. Typically, small incontinence pads are the most ideal for light incontinence. For more moderate leaks, a larger pad or pant product is recommended. For heavy to severe incontinence, an all in one pad is ideal. However, it is very rare that people have heavy incontinence after Prostate Surgery.
If you have low mobility or are immobile, a pad is your better option. Pants are harder to put on and take off than simple pads, as they require a full product change.
Incontinence is a huge issue for many people with debilitating brain conditions. The relationship between Vascular Dementia and Bowel Incontinence is a common problem that is barely spoken of.
This week is brain awareness week. This is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Lectures, panel discussions and lessons are held each year to educate people on the function of the brain. The relationship between the brain and the bowel is discussed frequently. It can be incredibly hard to take care of someone with Vascular Dementia and Bowel Incontinence. Understanding the link can be a key step to accepting and learning about their condition.
It is the muscles within the rectum and anus that help to control your bowels. The sphincter muscles are responsible for the release of stool. The relationship between the brain and bowel is more important than you may think. Just like how our bladder becomes full and sends signals to the brain to let it know, our digestive system becomes full and sends signals about its fullness to the brain. The brain then sends signals via the nerves to keep the external sphincter closed. These signals begin in the brain and go to the spinal cord and continue to the nerves located in the sacral area of the back. They then go down to the rectum and external sphincter muscles. The brain's signals are important to ensure the muscles only release stool when it is appropriate.
Vascular Dementia is caused by reduced blood flow to brain. This often results from a serious of tiny strokes, also known as “infarcts”. These strokes damage and destroy some brain cells. The condition can also be caused by a single stroke, in which the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly cut off. In addition to this, it can also occur to the narrowing of small blood vessels in the brain. This is also called “Subcortical Vascular Dementia”.
Vascular Dementia affects an estimated 150,000 people in the UK. The condition does gradually get worse over time, although on some occasions it can be slowed down. Vascular Dementia can impair an individual's memory, language and motor skills.
Vascular Dementia thinking changes can range from mild to severe. It is generally only the most severe cases of Vascular Dementia that can cause bowel incontinence. The damage and death of brain cells that control the bowel interrupts the communication between the brain and bowel. Some people with Vascular Dementia therefore develop bowel incontinence.
Faecal incontinence also occurs due to other cognitive complications. These include the following:
Maintaining their dignity means providing them with a product that meets their needs. Read our Guide to Choosing Bowel Incontinence Products for guidance on choosing a product.
Being gentle and patient is key when helping someone with bowel incontinence. This is true for both communicating with them and changing products. If you are unsure about changing products, read our guide to Putting on Incontinence Pads and Pants for an Individual.
Talk to a Doctor about options that apply to the person you’re caring for. You should also ask about any appropriate medication. Some medications can be helpful for calming the bladder and bowel. Some of these do have side effects that can worsen Dementia, so it is important to get expert advice.
Experts recommend the following tips:
Incontinence should not interrupt your sleep or be a stressful experience. With the right product, incontinence at night can be easy to manage. So, how do you choose the best incontinence pads for nighttime?
A recent cohort study found that incontinence affects more than a fifth of people aged over 85 years old.
Urinary incontinence is much more common in older people and is associated with considerable morbidity. 20% of community dwelling older adults have enough incontinence to limit some aspect of their lives. It is associated with considerable morbidity. The risk of incontinence, however, is much higher in older females. It is that is thought that up to 50% of older women suffer from urinary incontinence.
Dr Fleming, president at ACP asserts, “Urinary incontinence is a common problem for women that is often under-reported and under-diagnosed”.
Seniors are more at risk of nerve damage, mobility issues and arthiritis. Problems with nerve damage affect the communication between the brain and the bladder. Parkinson’s disease is a common problem that causes individuals to lack control over their bladder. Mobility issues can cause functional incontinence, making it hard to reach the toilet and buy the correct products. In addition to this, seniors are also more likely to develop cognitive problems such as Dementia.
Elderly women differ from younger females by the presence of several changes in the urinary tract. As you get older, the bladder also changes. A woman's elastic bladder tissue toughens and becomes less stretchy with age. A less stretchy bladder doesn’t hold as much urine as before, causing you to urinate more frequently. The bladder wall and pelvic floor muscles also weaken with age, making it harder to empty the bladder fully.
Older women are also more likely to get UTIs as the bladder muscles weaken and make it hard to empty the bladder fully.
There are a number of key factors exclusive to women that play a factor in causing incontinence. Common contributing factors are the following:
The combination of these factors can alter the condition of the bladder and pelvic floor. This makes incontinence much likely later in life.
Incontinence in Older Women is more Common than most Chronic Medical Conditions!
Incontinence is a word most people say quietly. For most people, it is discussed only with a Doctor, or never at all.
However, the studies that have taken place over the years never fail to shock people. The majority of studies have found that incontinence affects around 300m people worldwide. This equates to about 5% of the population. A huge issue is that due to the lack of talk about it, there may be many more people suffering from incontinence than has been found. To date, it is estimated that around 7 million people in the UK have urinary incontinence (5-10% of the population). The fact that many do not even see a Doctor means this proportion could be even higher.
The infographic below shows the partition on a population of 50 million people:
As you may expect, incontinence does affect more females than males. Incontinence affects roughly twice as many women as men. Combined faecal incontinence and urinary incontinence affects 10% of women and 5-6% of men in the community, increasing to almost 50% in nursing home residents.
This increase in prevalence is due to common changes in a woman’s health and body, such as pregnancy, hormonal changes, menopause and ageing. In pregnancy, the expanding uterus puts pressure on the bladder. The muscles in the bladder sphincter and the pelvic floor muscles can be overwhelmed by this and become weakened. Increased uterine weight is another huge important factor affecting the frequency of leakages during pregnancy. During childbirth, these muscles are further stretched and weakened, leaving many women suffering from stress incontinence.
Over 10% of men over 65 admit to having urinary incontinence to some degree. Most commonly, male bladder problems are caused by Prostate Cancer, Prostate Surgery, neurological disorders and nerve damage. Many men suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia, a non-cancerous condition that causes prostate enlargement. Constipation, obesity and bladder infections are other complications that can lead to male incontinence symptoms.
Although we have rough statistics, the fact is that it is hard to estimate how many people have incontinence, as it is barely spoken of. Fewer than half of adults with severe urinary incontinence seek help from healthcare providers. One study found that men would rather admit to sexual impotence than symptoms of incontinence. Women are a little bit more open about the issue, sharing these problems on websites such as “Mumsnet” and “Women’s Health”. However, still only 1 in 5 women claim that they seek help for incontinence issues, the rest keep it a secret. We clearly still do need to spread incontinence awareness for both sexes.
Author and runner Rose George shared her experience of stress incontinence an article in the Guardian. She states, “I know it happens from discussing it with my female club mates. I know it happens from running forums online. And I know it happens because it happens to me.”
In general, individuals of child bearing age are more likely to have slight incontinence, whereas senior individuals are much more likely to have severe incontinence. The increase in prevalence around the age of 50 is likely to be due to Menopause.
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Incontinence is a threat to people’s autonomy and incontinence. This toll on mental health is not only apparent for incontinence sufferers, but also for carers. As authors Cassells and Watt claim in their article, "Carers of people with incontinence have reported sleep deprivation, depression and social isolation". They state “It is a both a caregiver burden and predictor of institutional placement.”
Depression and incontinence is also a large issue on a worldwide scale. In a Canadian study of women with urinary incontinence, more than 15 percent had experienced major depression in the previous year.
There are many methods available for treating incontinence, with the medical world rapidly expanding on solutions. Pilates is an exercise that is becoming increasingly popular for incontinence.
Although pull up pants are often the recommended running option, you can also choose a pad if you prefer this option. Many people feel more comfortable in an all in one pad due to the security of a pad with a pant design. On the other hand, some people with very light incontinence only require a small, light pad.
Staying somewhere overnight or going to a sleepover are common events that young people look forward to. Reduced self-confidence and embarrassment can severely restrict social life.
Transient incontinence is estimated to occur in up to a third of community-dwelling elderly and up to 50% of acutely hospitalized patients.
We are constantly bombarded with the newest claims of natural remedies that supposedly calm bladder problems and incontinence. Using herbal teas and plats is one of these.
Urinary tract infections and bladder inflammation are common yet irritating conditions. Women are more prone to these conditions than men due to the urethra being in close proximity to the anus meaning bacteria have a shorter distance to travel to colonize the lining o the bladder and urethra.
There is ultimately less caffeine in green tea than traditional tea with milk and sugar.
Caffeine is known as a bladder irritant, so green tea is a suitable alternative to normal tea and coffee. Bladder Control Tea for Women is a herbal tea by Bell Lifestyle Products and is one of many recommended herbal teas for bladder problems.
Studies show the use of supplements in green tea protect against inflammation of the urinary tract. It may therefore be a viable option for the treatment of inflammatory bladder conditions, such as interstitial cystitis.
Green and herbal tea have also been proven to cleanse the bladder of unwanted waste and any irritants. Clearing the bladder of irritants can help it maintain healthy function and create a calming effect.
These teas contain bladder-protecting properties and hydrating effects, restoring a troubled or irritated bladder. Teas such as alfalfa leaf tea demonstrate an alkaline effect, which reducing the acidity of urine. Your bladder is therefore less irritated and much calmer.
One project found that drinking green tea may help alleviate urinary incontinence in middle-aged and older women.
Professor Andy Lea from the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute collaborated with a Japanese research team to asses the effects of green tea on Japanese women aged 40-75. The results showed that those who drank 4+ cups of green tea per day were less likely to have incontinence.
The main conclusion was that green tea contains EGCG, a compound found in foods like apple skin, plums, onions, hazelnuts, pecans and carob powder. Research has shown this compound is responsible for its preventative effect of green tea on urinary stones.
ECGC has also shown a dose-dependent decrease in urinary bladder cancers and interferes with oxidation and helps minimize oxidative damage in cells.
Ultimately ECGC provides powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrosis, antioxidant and cell productive benefits.
Green tea has been proven to prevent bladder cancer. Michael Chancellor, Professor of Urology, asserts “we discovered that catechins found in green tea protected bladder cells from inflammation”. Catechin is a type of natural phenol and antioxidant. It has been implicated in benefitting almost every organ system in the body.
The University of Maryland Medical Centre also reports that women who drink herbal and green tea have much less rates of bladder problems including cancer and may also help prevent the recurrence of bladder cancer in men.
LPI reports this link may be due to the effects that the flavonoids in the tea have on cell signalling.
The use of medicinal plants for incontinence can sound questionable and unlikely. However phototherapy is a medical practice that focuses on the impact of plants on various incontinence symptoms.
Herbs can be bought by a qualified herbalist or you can discuss with a natural health practitioner.
Interestingly, researchers have found certain plants to have the following benefits:
Here are a few interesting ones that deserve mentioning:
Health experts warn that for some, plants can actually be a diuretic such as Horsetail.
Taking more than one herb at a time can sometimes cause unpleasant side effects such as an upset stomach or a frequent urge to urinate. They do not have side effects when used appropriately and at a recommended dose.
The negative effects of tea can be similar to that of plants. According to various studies, green tea is one of the beverages that have potential to irritate the bladder. In excess, green tea can be counterproductive.
Like all drinks that contain a small amount of caffeine, you should be careful to drink the tea in moderation. Caffeine is a known bladder irritant and can rapidly worsen incontinence if consumed in excess. This can cause you to urinate frequently.
Green tea does have a diuretic effect. As specialist Dr Chancellor insists, “if you drink too much of it you get a higher amount of caffeine beside the extra liquid.
Drinking excessive fluid is just counterproductive”. In particular, people with urge incontinence are advised to closely watch their consumption of green tea.
Ultimately, green tea can be both effective and counterproductive to the bladder. Green tea can work as an antioxidant and calm the bladder.
However, you should be extremely careful with ensuring you drink it in moderation. You should always talk to a Doctor before trying a herbal remedy to ensure it is suitable for your health condition.
Similarly, although plants do show promise, you should always consult your doctor before starting any complementary treatments.
Stress incontinence and urge incontinence are the most common types of urinary incontinence. So, what is the difference between them both?
Spinal cord injury is defined as damage to the spinal cord itself, often in combination with damage to the nerve roots in the lowest section of the spinal cord.
Are you tempted to google early potty training methods when your child doesn’t seem to be progressing? Although it can be easy to lose patience, you may want to re-think rushing the process.
A recent survey published as “Failing the Frail” discovered that only a third of care home staff have attended training about continence care in the past year. Is this problem something which we are simply pushing to one side?
With an increase in usage of ureteral stents in the management of urinary tract diseases, familiarity of the devices is becoming wide-spread. With this, the consequences and complications have come to light.
A Greek study showed that smokers were more likely to suffer from incontinence than those who didn’t smoke. National Kidney Foundation research showed that former or current or heavy smokers were more than twice as likely to develop severe incontinence.
Having weak pelvic floor muscles is a common cause of incontinence. Dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles can lead to problems with bladder and rectal support.
Are you worried about leaving a cinema numerous times because of incontinence?
The peak prevalence of incontinence in women occurs around the time of the menopause. Recent studies have found that the reduced levels of oestrogen during menopause is a huge reason for this fact.