Staying Fit May Help Reduce the Risk of Incontinence in Women

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What if you could take precautionary measures that would reduce your risk of incontinence and better manage it? Women generally have weaker pelvic muscles than males which means they are more susceptible to dealing with incontinence. Through working out and staying fit, women can discover that as their muscles strengthen, so does the reduction of incontinence issues.

The Study

In a recent study conducted, almost 1,500 elderly females who suffered from stress or urge incontinence were surveyed. The results of the three-year long study concluded that women who kept their weight down and partook in muscle-strengthening exercises experienced lower amounts of incontinence incidents (Source). Whether it is yoga, pilates, light jogging, or swimming, staying fit and working your pelvic muscles lessens the chance of incontinence issues. As women work these muscles out, they are strengthening the muscles around the urethra and bladder, making it less likely for unexpected urine to pass through.

Managing Your Weight Helps

Having an overactive bladder is a common issue that many women face. Through taking your weight and active lifestyle into your own hands, you can better manage the side effects of incontinence.

Studies have proven that managing BMI (Body Mass Index) and keeping those numbers in check, is inherently beneficial to managing incontinence. The unnecessary weight that is put on the pelvic muscles adds additional pressure to the area. In turn, the chance of incontinence is heightened, and leakage is more likely to incur. “By reducing weight and abdominal fat there is less pressure on the bladder resulting in less stress urinary incontinence,” said Dr. Cindy Amundsen of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. “Better muscle strength may be associated with higher pelvic floor muscle strength and function, decreasing the susceptibility to urine leakage” (Source).

Daily urinary incontinence affects nearly 12 percent of women ages 60-64 in America: that is significant. By making some lifestyle alterations, women can better manage their incontinence. Walking more, eating less, and breathing in the fresh air are all easy, simple, and enjoyable ways to control leakage. Urinary incontinence is a widespread grievance among many women and through keeping your BMI and health in check, you can better manage this issue. Beneficial alterations in one’s body composition will keep you living a long and prosperous life.

Wearever Incontinence Products Help With the Unexpected

Even when you are trying your best in preventing urine accidents, leakage may still occur unexpectedly. Wearever incontinence panties provide protection that you can always rely on in. Wearever incontinence bed pads also work effectively in preventing any accidents while you sleep from ruining your bed.

5 Tips for Traveling with Incontinence

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The holidays rank among the most common days for traveling, whether by car or plane. Don’t let incontinence keep you at home or interfere with your travel plans this year.

Here are five tips to help you travel comfortably with incontinence:

  1. Plan bathroom breaks

If you’re driving to your destination, look at the route and find bathroom stops along the way. If you’re flying, find the nearest bathroom by your seats ahead of time online or once you board.

  1. Eat and drink accordingly.

Avoid drinking caffeinated or sugary drinks, since those can irritate incontinence symptoms. Drink water in moderation and try to maintain your normal diet as much as possible.

  1. Pack accordingly.

Bring along incontinence supplies, such as bed pads or incontinence underwear. Be sure to pack a few extra pair of clothes too, just in case of accidents.

  1. Ask for help.

If you are traveling with family or friends and you feel comfortable, tell them about your incontinence. They can help you navigate public restrooms and when to stop. And, if you feel nervous about security checks during travel due to incontinence or your supplies, you can request a private security screening.

  1. Enjoy!

Remember this is a holiday trip to see family or friends, so try to enjoy yourself and your company as much as you can!

Checkout our incontinence panties, incontinence briefs, and reusable bed pads that can help you travel and live life without worries.

Sleep Soundly With Wearever Bed Pads

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Besides feeling more alert and refreshed, sleeping soundly through the night has numerous other health benefits, such as improved memory, increased creativity and a strong immune system. Sarah from Sarah’s Honest Opinion shares how our bed pad helps her son sleep well and keeps her furniture clean.

“Night time [bed] wetting can be a real pain. Whether it’s a child, or an adult, accidents can and will happen. The best thing you can do, is be prepared.

I’m a mom…working on night time potty training with my youngest.

Our saving grace has been our Wearever bed pad. We have other pads, but they just don’t seem to hold liquid…Even small accidents leak right through! Wearever bed pads are heavy duty, and extremely absorbent. Plus, they have an amazing waterproof liner, that keeps furniture and fabrics completely dry!

They’re super durable, and reusable. Yes…reusable! Just wash and dry them with your bedding for long lasting lifetime use. You can sleep easy knowing that your furniture is protected by these amazing, cost-effective, absorbent bed pads.

Wearever bed pads are an absolute must have for night time toilet training and incontinence!”

Thanks to Sarah from Sarah’s Honest Opinion for sharing her great review! You can read her full review here.

5 Tips for Not Overeating During the Holidays

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Between work parties, family gatherings and celebrations with friends, the holidays are filled with a lot food. It’s a great time to taste the unique flavors and treats of the season. However, this time of year also means it can be easy to overeat.

Check out these 5 tips to avoid overeating this season:

  1. Limit your alcohol intake.

Believe it or not, alcoholic beverages can cause you to feel bloated and full. In addition, alcohol can make it difficult to make healthy food choices and can irritate incontinence symptoms. If you chose to have a drink, be sure to have a water before and after each beverage to stay hydrated.

  1. Eat breakfast.

Many holiday parties take place in the afternoon or evening hours and there are steps you can take to avoid overeating much earlier in the day. Eat a hearty breakfast as it will help to jumpstart your metabolism, so you don’t feel starved by the time the gathering begins.

  1. Don’t feel required to eat everything.

It’s easy to want to consume every last bite of all the delicious foods on your plate. However, don’t feel obligated to finish it all. Leaving some on the plate is completely fine and will help you not feel stuffed.

  1. Try small portions.

Another way to avoid overeating is to try just a small bite or scoop of the food. This will allow you to sample more of the food choices and actually enjoy them!

  1. Take breaks.

There are likely many other guests at your holiday events, so stop to chat and mingle with them. If you hosting the holiday event, consider playing a fun icebreaker game to give people the chance to meet each other and socialize.

Overeating can not only make your stomach hurt, but it can also lead to increased stress on your pelvic area and can worsen incontinence symptoms. What strategies do you use to keep from overindulging in all the edible goodness this time of year?

Incontinence-Friendly Thanksgiving Stuffing

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It’s hard to believe the holiday season is almost here! We are starting to dream of turkey, gravy and warm pumpkin pie. Today, we’re sharing a simple recipe for an incontinence-friendly Thanksgiving stuffing adapted from Betty Crocker.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup butter or margarine
  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 9 cups soft bread cubes
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground sage
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a 4-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook celery and onion in butter for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.
  3. Remove Dutch oven from the heat.
  4. Gently toss celery mixture and remaining ingredients, using spoon, until bread cubes are evenly coated.
  5. Grease 3-quart casserole or baking dish, 13x9x2 inches.
  6. Place stuffing in casserole dish and cover.
  7. Bake for 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
  8. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes.

What Thanksgiving side dishes are you planning to serve? We’d love to hear!

Customer Review Of Our Smooth & Silky Seamless Incontinence Panties

incontinence pantiesA huge thank you to Shalida Quinn for her wonderful review of our Smooth & Silky Seamless Incontinence Panties.

Shalida Quinn suffers sacral agenesis ( a birth defect that makes her unable to walk). Shalida always had bladder issues since she was a child and tried various solutions with little to no help. As a grown woman, Shalida

It is safe to say that Shalida is a fan of our incontinence panties she said that “They feel like normal panties and it’s great for women to have something that makes them feel confident and comfortable. ”

You can read her full blog post at the following link: https://sathewriter.com/2016/08/04/wearever-incontinence-pantiesreview/.

10 Tips to Avoid Getting Sick

tips-to-avoid-getting-sickWinter months are on the horizon and with the weather changing and colder temperatures rolling in, the chances of getting sick start to increase. Check out our top 10 tips for avoiding colds and illnesses this year.

1. Skip Finger Foods

Eating foods with your hands creates an easy pathway for the germs on your hands to make it inside your body. Consider making or ordering foods that you can eat with a knife and fork instead of with your hands.

2. Exercise

The cold winter weather makes it more difficult for many of us to get outside, but it’s worth putting on a jacket for! Even just 30 minutes of walking a day can greatly increase your immune system and help you fight off colds or sickness.

3. Sleep

Your body needs to be fully rested in order to fight off any germs or bacteria. In general, its recommended to get at least 8-10 hours of sleep per night.

4. Consider Taking Vitamins and Probiotics

Vitamin D levels are often lower in the winter, but it’s an important vitamin to help your body fight off colds. A small daily vitamin D tablet can make a big difference.

5. Do things that make you happy

People who are stressed or depressed are more likely to become sick, studies show. Make time to do things that make you happy. Whether that’s spending time with your family or friends, going to a yoga class or reading a book, it’s worth it.

6. Wash your hands

Washing your hands is a very easy way to stay germ free. To effectively wash your hands, use hot water and spend at least 20 seconds at the sink and dry them well.

7.Don’t touch your face

Your eyes, nose and mouth are direct channels into your body, so avoid touching them as much as possible. In addition, your skin’s pores will absorb bacteria from touching your face, so avoid holding your head in your hands or rubbing your face.

8.Sanitize your surfaces

Many common surfaces collect germs and bacteria without you realizing how dirty they really are. Consider cleaning your kitchen counters, door handles, television remotes and cellphones. Switch from a cloth purse to a vinyl one that can be wiped down to not track in germs.

9. Eat nutritious foods

Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins that will boost your immune system and help you from getting sick. Consider adding them to a soup to stay warm and eat well – a win, win!

 10.Stay away from others who are sick

Keep your distance from people who are coughing, sneezing or otherwise saying they don’t feel well. Their germs can easily spread to you. This includes hugs, handshakes or sharing common objects, like a pen or phone. If it’s unavoidable, be sure to wash your hands immediately after your visit with them.

Besides the annoyance of coughing and sneezing, colds can be difficult for people with incontinence. Be sure to use these easy tips to stay healthy and active this winter!

The Role Bacteria Plays in Incontinence

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In order to understand the role that bacteria plays in urinary incontinence, one must understand the way scientists understood bacteria’s habitation in the human urinary system. The urinary tract has long thought to have been a clean and sterile environment where no bacteria can grow. Since urine is constantly being produced and expelled from the system, it was thought, there was not enough time for bacteria to grow therein. Until today, researchers did not have the invasive tools needed to examine the growth of bacteria in the urinary system. As of today, however, the proverbial floodgates have opened and we now know more than ever about what is causing urinary incontinence.

The Cause of Urgency Incontinence May Lie In Bacteria

It was originally thought that urgency incontinence was caused by weak muscles, psychosomatic triggers, and abnormal signaling that prompted the bladder muscles to contract involuntarily. Unfortunately, these factors only seemed to account for about 3/5ths of the cases. That is, not all of the urgency incontinence cases could be explained by these causes.

Scientists and researchers continued to search for the other underlying conditions that made 2/5th of cases respond adversely – or not respond at all – to treatments catered to the above conditions. Researchers at the university of Oregon Health and Science University recently published a study in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, and found that that the bacteria that live in the urinary tract may hold the answers we seek (Source).

Bacteria Discovered In Urinary Tract

Even when clinical cultures come back negative, there still may be a host of biological life (i.e. bacteria) in the urinary tract. These bacteria may be responsible for many of the symptoms individuals with incontinence face. Researcher’s’ goal was to find how the urinary microbe is different between women with urgency urinary incontinence, and women without urgency urinary incontinence.

Healthy Bacteria: Key Differences Between Women With and Women Without Incontinence

They collected urine samples using a transurethral catheter and sequenced the samples with Illumina MiSeq., afterwards, processing them with workflow package QIIME. What that basically means is that the bacteria samples obtained were unadulterated or mismatched with other bacteria that may have come from external tissues. The findings were sound and suggested that there is a community of bacteria that live in the urinary tract! The most surprising finding: women with urgency urinary incontinence had less bacteria than women without urgency urinary incontinence.

This bacteria community creates a “microbial diversity” in women with urgency urinary incontinence. Between women with and women without urinary incontinence, it was discovered that women with actually had 14 less types of bacteria on average. The more severe your urinary symptoms, the less bacteria you are likely to have.

The Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy Bacteria

We need both good and bad bacteria in our bodies. An unhealthy balance of good versus bad bacteria can be what leads to you feeling unhealthy or ill (Source). Bad bacteria can multiply and grow, leading to irritation, inflammation, and infection. Left untreated, bad bacteria can also contribute to a variety of health problems. Probiotics, defined as good bacteria actually help with a variety of bodily functions including digestion and homeostasis. Probiotics also help reduce the occurrence of urinary tract infections, a real concern for individuals afflicted by urinary tract.

Incontinence Underwear For Men and Women

Incontinence briefs and incontinence panties by Wearever are designed to minimize the bacteria that cause unpleasant odors. Bonded waterproof outer layers prevent leakage and spotting, while inner layers wick away moisture from the body while absorbing stray urine. The middle layer, made with Agion™ antimicrobial fibers prevent bad bacteria from multiplying and growing out of control.

Dedicated To Awareness and Further Education

At Wearever we are dedicated to bringing you the most current news relating to urinary incontinence. We wish to give our readers methods in which to better understand their conditions and any new remedies that are on the horizon. Until next time, stay dry!

Botox Is Helping Women With Incontinence

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Female incontinence occurs when muscles around the bladder are weak, which is why doctors recommend that kegel exercises be done to strengthen the base of one’s core in order to have better control of one’s muscles. Another method that has achieved success is neural stimulation – a process by which one’s neural network is stimulated in order to increase the activity around the bladder and kidneys, giving those who suffer from the condition better control of the area.

But a new treatment, botox, may actually be better than neural stimulation. The results found in a study by Dr. Cindy Amundsen of Duke University, published on October 4th, may provide an alternative course of treatment to women suffering from incontinence. The treatment is not without its side effects, however, but its beneficent promises – as well as the findings of the study – are explored in greater detail here.

The Population Studied

The study took place between February 2012 to January 2015. It involved 381 women at 9 medical centers in the United States. These women were recorded to have at least six urgency incontinence episodes over three consecutive days; they were in this study because other lesser treatments (like reducing water and coffee intake, doing kegel exercises, etc.) had not helped. Participants were randomly assigned to receive either sacral neuromodulation or a 200 unit injection of onabotulinumtoxinA (botox). 189 received the former while 192 received the latter. The average age of each participant was 63 years.

The Results

This landmark study served as the first randomized trial comparing the effectiveness of two FDA approved methods for female incontinence; the first being nerve stimulation – which must be done with surgery, and the second being botox – which is less invasive and can be done with injections.

“What we have learned from the study is the treatments are both good and it will just help inform physicians and patients who are trying to make a decision between these two therapies,” Amundsen said in an interview with NBC. Both treatments proved to be statistically significant and both helped women overcome the symptoms associated with urinary incontinence.

Female incontinence, which affects between 25 to 45 percent of all women is one of the most common conditions worldwide. However, the embarrassment caused by this issue leads many women to under report their symptoms and conditions to their doctor. Interestingly, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, which is part of the National Institute of Health, remarked that women experience urinary incontinence twice as often as men (Source). The reasons are many, including pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, as well as the anatomical layout of a woman’s female urinary tract.

A DIfferent Kind Of Botox Treatment

So what does this mean for women that may want to get botox? How does the treatment work exactly – does one go in for a face, chin and neck touch-up and come out of the doctor’s office with lessened urinary incontinence urges? Not exactly.

Side Effects

Dr. Amundsen explains that the botox treatment is not superior to the nerve stimulator, otherwise known as InterStim, rather the two methods both provide beneficent effects and come with their own side effects. It will be up to the individual and their doctor to choose which treatment is right for them.
Although botox appeared to work slightly better than the InterStim, women given botox had a greater risk of urinary tract infections. Botox did increase the risk of UTIs and need for self catheterizations. Botox patients had a risk of UTI of 35 percent, compared to 11 percent when compared to the InterStim.

Cost

Readers may be wondering as to the cost of these two procedures, however, the study didn’t compare the cost of the treatments. Luckily they are both covered by insurance, including Medicare.

For a low cost solution that is less invasive, women should consider incontinence panties. Incontinence panties, unlike disposables last up to 200 washes. Alternating between two pairs can keep you dry for a year – without having to look bulky in adult underwear or diapers.

Conclusion

For women that desire less intrusive incontinence solutions, we recommend opting for our incontinence panties and incontinence bed pads. The researchers of the Duke University study will need to follow their 381 participants for two more years in order to obtain exact data on which solution is most cost effective, however, we here at Wearever already have the data in! If you’re looking for ways to manage your urinary incontinence, you can’t find a lower-prices product than Wearever brand incontinence underwear.

 

Incontinence Friendly Recipe: Honey-Soy Broiled Salmon

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Enjoy this healthy and easy recipe that’s ready in under an hour! Cooler temperatures are no reason to stop eating fresh, so serve up this delicious salmon with rice and sautéed vegetables for a complete meal.

Ingredients:

1 scallion, minced

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

1-pound salmon fillet, skinned and cut into 4 portions

1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Whisk scallion, soy sauce, vinegar, honey and ginger in a bowl until the honey is dissolved.
  2. Place salmon in a plastic bag.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of the sauce mixture to the bag. Set the remaining sauce aside.
  4. Place the bag in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat your broiler.
  6. Line a small baking pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.
  7. Transfer the salmon to the pan, skinned-side down. Discard the marinade.
  8. Broil the salmon for 6 to 10 minutes.
  9. Drizzle with remaining sauce and garnish with sesame seeds, if desired.

Recipe adapted from Eating Well. Are you interested in learning more about how dietary restrictions can help improve incontinence symptoms? Read more here.