Don’t Let Incontinence Slow You Down

Don’t Let Incontinence Slow You Down

By Kevin Cleary

Incontinence affects millions of people around the world every day. According to www.webMD.com, between 10% and 35% of adults suffer from some form of incontinence. Women seem to be affected twice as much as men. Mostly considered a disorder that affects only the elderly, it can affect young people also. It can be caused by a variety of issues ranging from weak or damaged muscles in the bladder to serious neurological problems. When most people hear the word incontinence they think of urinary problems, but the truth is fecal incontinence affects many people. Even though this issue affects so many people, improvements in adult briefs/diapers allow for a worry free active lifestyle.

Causes of Incontinence

The issue of incontinence is usually associated with aging but can affect young people just the same. Since incontinence is not a disease but a symptom, the causes can be varying, temporary, or even a sign of something serious. It’s a good idea to consult your physician to determine the cause.

Temporary Causes

Some issues of incontinence are temporary, caused by certain foods, drinks, and medications. Drinks like alcohol and caffeine are diuretics and bladder stimulants and can cause a sudden urge. Some medications such as: heart medications, blood pressure drugs, sedatives, and muscle relaxants can contribute to bladder control problems. Some easily treatable conditions, such as urinary tract infections and constipation, can lead to episodes of incontinence.

Causes of Persistent Incontinence

Underlying physical problems/changes can lead to persistent if not permanent incontinence. The aging process deteriorates the bladder muscle and decreases the bladder’s ability to hold urine and lead to overactive bladder symptoms. In women, pregnancy and hysterectomies can lead to incontinence. In men, an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer is often the cause of incontinence. The Mayo Clinic.com also notes that neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, strokes, brain tumors and spinal cord injuries can all be the underlying causes. Even diabetes can be a contributing factor of incontinence.

Incontinence Aids

With the abundance of products to help with incontinence, there is no reason to be embarrassed to lead an active life. Everything from undergarments to pelvic muscle trainers allow us to overcome the stigma incontinence can impose. These items are tailored to both men and women.

Undergarments

We all know about adult diapers, but they have evolved significantly. Designs have changed for comfort and drier, healthier skin. Attends produces Extended and Overnight Breathable Briefs, which utilize a triple tier moisture locking system. They incorporate pH-reducing fibers, microporous acquisition layer, and super absorbent polymers for improvement in absorbency, skin health, and odor control. Some companies, such as Depend, make briefs specifically designed for men and others such as Tena make briefs, liners, and knit pants designed for the needs of women. These briefs and liners are available in different levels of absorbency, so a user can tailor these products to their needs. Specially designed incontinence pads (such as Abri-San Special Shaped Pad) are designed to help those suffering from fecal incontinence. They are designed to keep feces in (even under pressure) and minimize skin irritation and are ideally worn with stretch pants. Many of these are designed exactly like standard underpants and are pulled up the same way.

Disposable Underpads

These absorbent pads are used to protect beds and chairs for those suffering from incontinence. They use absorbent polymers and cellulose fibers for absorbency. They can be used in hospitals, nursing homes, and in the home. Products such as Dri-Flo and Attends are readily available, easy to use, and disposable creating clean, healthy, worry free protection.

Pelvic Muscle Trainers

The use of these devices allows the users to take control and reduce bladder leaks and accidents. These don’t cover the problem, but help correct the most common cause. They aid by strengthening the pelvic muscles to help avoid bladder leaks, accidents, and sudden urges. The Comfortland Pneumatic Pelvic Muscle Trainer helps women for a myriad of symptoms.

Skincare Lotion

Lotions are designed to help protect the skin from moisture and irritants. 3M Cavilon is a good example of a time-saving and cost-effective skincare system that provides pH balanced cleansing. These lotions help prevent rashes and skin breakdowns.