Men Tend To Deal With Incontinence Over Seeking Help

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According to the Urology Care Foundation, anywhere from a quarter to one-third of Americans suffer from urinary incontinence. Unfortunately, this statistic isn’t nearly as definitive as the numerical data of other common medical conditions simply because many who have urinary incontinence don’t always seek help.

Far too often, patients are too embarrassed to tell a doctor about their urinary incontinence and its associated symptoms, ultimately letting themselves suffer in silence. While there is absolutely no shame in seeking treatment for urinary incontinence, many Americans would rather submit themselves to the ever-enduring painful spasms. This is especially true for men.

Although we generally associate cases of incontinence with women, it’s not uncommon for men to have it either. However, since incontinence is strongly associated with women, men who do develop it feel too ashamed to speak up. While this greatly hinders the capability of incontinence studies, it also forms the stigma that incontinence is a ‘woman’s affliction’. Doctors, researchers, and other medical practitioners are working hard to end this inaccurate ideology and give both men and women the confidence and assurance to speak up about their battle with urinary incontinence.

Urinary Incontinence in Men

The true number of men who suffer from urinary incontinence is very much unknown. This is largely because many studies on urinary incontinence are centered around women, as well as the fact that most men don’t seek treatment for it. In one study conducted by the National Association for Continence, research showed that roughly 18% of men with symptoms of incontinence discussed the issue with a doctor (source). And while that 18% is only comprised of the few men who stepped forward and admitted their ailment, that still leaves over millions and millions of Americans with undiagnosed symptoms.

Additionally, in a separate study organized by UT Southwestern and published in the journal Urology, researchers found that men who suffer from stress incontinence–incontinence that occurs from physical activity, coughing, exertion, etc.–will suffer the symptoms for approximately two years before seeking help from a medical professional. Additionally, about one-third will wait for more than five years (source).

Diagnosis and Treatment

Urinary incontinence in men could develop as a side effect from certain medications, surgeries (especially prostatectomies), aging, and more. It’s true that male incontinence is not as widespread as incontinence in women, but it is still a very common occurrence. In light of this pressing issue, Dr. Joceline Fuchs, Assistant Instructor of Urology, explains, “Our goal is to spread the word that effective treatments exist for men with stress urinary incontinence, but also to facilitate an immediate and accurate diagnosis among stress urinary incontinence patients.” It’s true, there are many different treatment methods that greatly help soothe symptoms, decrease the frequency of urination, and altogether improve the quality of life for many patients. Unfortunately, even with this information out there and prominent, millions of men and women still refuse to seek treatment.

To get a better understand as to why so many men hide their pain with urinary incontinence, the researchers at UT Southwestern decided to conduct an alternative study. In this study, researchers reviewed the cases of 572 men who were evaluated for anti-incontinence surgery in Dallas, Texas between 2007 and 2017. In their research, they found that the median length of time the men waited to seek professional help was 32 months. More than a third of this group waited over five years. Additionally, the group of patients who were in their 80’s claimed to of waited approximately seven years.

Currently, doctors and medical officials are still working tirelessly to show that urinary incontinence in men is entirely normalized. Most importantly, seeking treatment can make all the difference in their lives.

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4 Ways to Meet New Friends as a Senior

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Getting yourself out into the social world and meeting new people can be hard for people of all ages. Whether you’ve relocated, lost touch with old friends or simply retired, meeting new friends as a senior can be particularly challenging. Gone are the days of easily meeting new people at school, work or your children’s extracurricular events. So, it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity to mingle with new faces. In fact, according to a Michigan State University study, some people experience the same positive effects on health resulting from strong friendships when compared to relationships with family members. If you don’t know how to get started, check out these four fun ways for seniors to meet new friends:

  1. Enroll in an Interesting Class

There are tons of amazing public classes out there for every hobby that fascinates you, from painting and writing to dancing and gardening. Once you’re surrounded by like minded people, it’s much easier and natural to socialize and find common interests. Plus, if you attend regularly, the classes will help you refine your communication skills, so you’ll learn how to socialize with new friends anywhere!

  1. Engage with social media

Social media isn’t just for the millennial generation. It’s also a great tool for seniors to meet new people in their communities. The digital world is full of opportunities to develop real-life or online relationships with friends and support systems. Your grandchildren will certainly be impressed once they figure out how savvy you are on social media!

  1. Volunteer

Find a cause or issue that you’re passionate about, and volunteer alongside people who share that same enthusiasm. If you love helping animals, try a local pet shelter. If art or history excites you, consider reaching out to a museum in your area to see if they have volunteer openings. The opportunities are truly endless.

  1. Join a Senior Center

Senior centers are often associated with Bingo night and bowling, but most centers have moved passed these stereotypical offerings and have evolved their activities to include fun, entertaining things like karaoke, field trips, concerts and more. These are just a few of the many opportunities senior centers present for bonding with fellow seniors!

Now, who’s ready to get out of the house and socialize? Before you head out into the world, don’t forget your Wearever incontinence panties and incontinence briefs to help keep you dry from light to heavy leakage while you’re making new friends!

Celebrities Discuss Their Lives with Incontinence

From television stars to supermodels, many celebrities are using their public visibility to discuss living with urinary incontinence and encourage open, healthy conversation about the topic. These celebrities are speaking out in solidarity to reinforce that leakage does not discriminate based on age, profession or fame. Rather, millions of people across the United States are living with urinary incontinence for a variety of reasons, including pregnancy, child birth, health conditions, diet, stress levels and more. Check out what these four celebrities have to say about overcoming leakage and regaining their confidence throughout their experiences with incontinence:

Kris Jenner

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Best known for being the fearless leader of the Kardashian-Jenner family, Kris Jenner opened up to her fans about her life with urinary incontinence during an episode of the family’s reality television show, “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” After experiencing light leakage while exercising and laughing, Jenner decided to visit a doctor on camera. According to his observations, Jenner’s doctor concluded that she was experiencing stress incontinence and recommended pelvic exercises to help prevent leakage. The most important thing Jenner asks women with incontinence to remember? “People think they’re the only ones dealing with this. Light bladder leakage is not a big, bad monster, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of,” she said. “Once you prepare yourself, you can laugh and jump and sneeze, and do it with confidence.”

Chrissy Teigen

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Being a world-renowned supermodel and food author keeps Chrissy Teigen quite busy. But, recently, Teigen added yet another role to her resume — mother of two. Teigen and her husband, singer John Legend, welcomed their second child, a baby boy, this past May. She bravely opened up to the public about not only her struggles with postpartum depression, but also adjusting to postpartum incontinence. “No one told me I would be coming home in diapers, too,” Teigen said earlier this year on Twitter, referring to returning back home after giving birth to her son. However, this is quite common for mothers after giving birth. In fact, up to 50 percent of women experience changes in urinary control during and after pregnancy, according to Roger Goldberg, the director of urogynecology research at the University of Chicago’s NorthShore University HealthSystem. Simply, women experiencing postpartum incontinence are not alone.

Sheryl Underwood

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Comedian and talk show host Sheryl Underwood wants the world to know she is not ashamed of her urinary incontinence, something she has experienced for over ten years now. According to Underwood, she first noticed her leakage after her partial hysterectomy surgery. Being a young, successful comedian, Underwood needed a solution that could help keep her dry throughout the day, so she turned to incontinence products and hasn’t looked back since. “I wasn’t going to run from [incontinence]. Most people would feel a kind of concern,” she said. “You don’t want to have to worry. Most people would be ashamed. I’m not because this is now a regular part of my life.”

You should never feel alone throughout your experiences with incontinence. There is a warm, embracing community of people who are going through the same thing, from celebrities and business people to stay-at-home parents.

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Are Artificial Urinary Sphincters The Answer For Male Incontinence?

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Urinary incontinence affects many men and women across the globe, causing pain, discomfort, embarrassment, and a lower quality of life. However, in a recent study, doctors may have found a way to treat severe urinary incontinence in men. Artificial urinary sphincters might be the answer men with urinary incontinence have been looking for.

The Artificial Urinary Sphincter

For the first time ever, an artificial sphincter was used to treat a case of urinary incontinence in South Africa. To insert the urinary sphincter, a minimally invasive surgery is required. The device is implanted in the groin area and requires zero external parts for the utmost discretion. Behind this groundbreaking surgery is Dr. Johan Venter at the Netcare Pretoria East Hospital. Dr. Venter and his team led the surgery and requested this unique technology for one of his patients who suffered greatly from urinary incontinence. After the success of the surgery, Dr. Johan Venter and the hospital released a statement regarding the success behind the artificial urinary sphincter and believes that it is the answer for those who need help controlling their urinary incontinence–even if they experienced severe damage from an original urinary sphincter (non-artificial). Dr. Venter stated, “We are particularly impressed by this new-generation artificial urinary sphincter option, our investigations revealing that it was the best alternative available globally for cases like this. Some of the advantages it offers include that it’s easy for patients to use and does not require further invasive surgeries, should it require adjustment in the future” (source).    

Additionally, Dr. Venter explained that this innovative device is equipped with a pump that the patient can apply pressure to every time he needs to urinate. This pump is made of a soft silicone material and is very easy (and painless) for the patient to use. Additionally, this pump will deactivate the sphincter cuff, this way, the patient is able to urinate normally. However, just like any new device, there are a few factors that can cause damage to the sphincter. If the sphincter is damaged in any way, it can cause further damage to the pelvic wall, and even cause increased urinary and bowel problems. Therefore, doctors do head warning and advice patients to take it easy after surgery.

Advancing The Fight Against Urinary Incontinence

Regardless, this new device is a major step in the right direction for surgical and medicinal practices of urinary incontinence. Finally, doctors are able to provide patients with a way to subdue their urinary incontinence without requiring them to undergo ample surgeries or take a wild concoction of medicine. As time goes on, we are sure to see how well the new, artificial urinary sphincter treats urinary incontinence.  

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Incontinence Recipe of the Month: Grilled Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

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Who doesn’t love a traditional summer dish with a twist? This grilled potato salad is so much more than the typical potato salad dish you’ve had in the past. Made with garlic, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and more, this recipe brings a mouthful of flavor as an entrée at the dinner table or a side dish while relaxing by the pool. Topped off with a smooth, tangy bacon vinaigrette, the whole family can enjoy this zesty dish after only 45 minutes total cook time. Here’s how to add this refreshing meal to your summer cookbook:

Yield:

  • Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb. baby Yukon gold potatoes (about the size of a walnut halved)
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 6 slices center-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 8 scallions
  • 2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, plus more for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Heat grill to medium-high and line a plate with paper towels.
  2. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold salted water by 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until easily pierced with a knife, 14 to 16 minutes. Drain and let cool. Transfer to a bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of oil.
  3. In the meantime, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove to prepared plate with a slotted spoon.
  4. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings from skillet. Off the heat, add garlic, vinegar and brown sugar to the drippings in the skillet, scraping up any browned bits. Whisk in remaining 4 tablespoons oil. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl.
  5. Grill potatoes cut-side down until lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes. Grill scallions, turning occasionally, until charred, 4 to 6 minutes. Chop scallions into 1-inch pieces.
  6. Add potatoes, scallions and marjoram to bowl with dressing, and toss to coat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with marjoram. Serve immediately.

 

We hope you enjoy and take full advantage of this easy, delicious summer dish! View the full recipe here, and get to grilling!

Classic Playlist for Summer Road Trips

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Everyone knows that a great music playlist is one of the most crucial components of a successful summer road trip. Depending on how far you’re traveling, you could need hours of songs to fill the long car ride on the open road. Luckily, we’ve compiled our top 10 favorite road tunes, so you can add them to your playlist right now:

  1. “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones

Because there’s simply no better way to start a road trip than with an upbeat classic.

  1. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Wherever you call home, this southern anthem will take you to a place with blue, sunny skies.

  1. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey

Whether you’re traveling alone or with family or friends, this song is sure to put you in the mood to roll down the windows and sing at the top of your lungs.

  1. “Life in the Fast Lane” by the Eagles

You’ll need to live life in the fast lane if you’ve got a lot of destinations on your road trip, but don’t forget to savor every moment!

  1. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

A classic power ballad that just so happens to be perfect for car karaoke.

  1. “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac

It’s been over 40 years since this song was released, but it will always be a road trip classic for its upbeat rhythm paired with haunting lyrics.

  1. “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf

Magic car ride, anyone?

  1. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers

Driving sounds much better than actually walking 500 miles, though.

  1. “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash

You may not be going everywhere on this trip, but you’re definitely going somewhere!

  1. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver

Perfect for the last leg of your trip.

Excited for the road trip of your dreams? After you’ve made your playlist, don’t forget to pack your Wearever incontinence products to stay protected from light to heavy leakage on your long drive. Happy traveling!

Yoga May Be Effective For Managing Urinary Incontinence

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Did you know that practicing yoga can help women reduce the frequency of urinary incontinence? New research presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association suggests that this form of meditative exercise is actually beneficial in fighting urinary incontinence. Since the principal of yoga is to achieve unity and improved control of the mind and body through physical strength and meditation, it serves as an excellent management strategy for urinary incontinence.

Urinary Incontinence in Women

Though it affects men as well, urinary incontinence predominantly affects women of all ages. Alison Huang, MD, an associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco, explains, “Urinary incontinence is extremely common among women in midlife and beyond. One in three women over the age of 50 is estimated to experience incontinence on a weekly or more frequent basis. And yet, less than half of women suffering from this problem report receiving any clinical treatment” (source). Unfortunately, this is a reality for so many women.

Due to the nature of incontinence, women are too embarrassed to speak up about their condition and seek the right treatment. However, the women who do see specialists for incontinence are presented with a variety of treatment options that range from surgery all the way to major lifestyle changes. The course of treatment for this affliction can be very intimidating, which is why there’s such a high demand for alternative treatment methods. In her interview with Healio Family Medicine, Dr. Huang explains, “There is a real need for alternative approaches to treating or managing incontinence that are more accessible, more effective, and better tolerated by the over 20 million women in the US population who have this problem.” With this in mind, researchers decided to look at the potential benefits yoga could yield as a form of incontinence treatment.

Evidence from the Group-Based Yoga Program

Working closely with an expert yoga panel, researchers developed a group-based therapeutic yoga program that focused on specialized Iyengar-style technique. Iyengar-style is a form of yoga that focuses on the alignment of the body through the practice of precision. At the start of the study, patients were randomly assigned to either the yoga program or a nonspecific muscle strengthening and stretching program. It’s important to note that none of these women were previously enrolled in a yoga class or participating in any yoga-based workshops.

Of the participants, 56 women–of 65 years of age–were in the yoga group; all of whom claimed to have daily incontinence problems. As a part of the study, these women were instructed to attend classes on a weekly basis while practicing what they learned at home once a week for a total of 3 months. In total, 50 women completed the 30-day trial, and of those women, 75% attended more than 90% of the group classes and 88% completed more than 90% of the home practice hours.

From this data, researchers were able to determine a 75% decrease in frequency of urinary incontinence episodes amongst the women in the yoga group. Additionally, a 50% decrease in urinary incontinence episodes was recorded in the group of women who were assigned to the nonspecific muscle strengthening and stretching program. Although this was not a large-scale study, it’s evident that yoga yields beneficial results in the management of urinary incontinence. Many researchers believe that if such results are found within a larger study, more and more physicians will add yoga to the list of treatment methods for women who are afflicted with urinary incontinence on a daily basis.

4 Tips for Packing the Perfect Carry-On Bag

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You may think choosing a destination, booking a flight and planning the perfect summer vacation is the hard part — that is to say, until you start packing your carry-on bag with all the necessities for a successful trip. Although your favorite carry-on bag may look large when it’s empty, we’ve all experienced the struggle of realizing that it is a bit too small to fit everything you need without over packing and having to check it at the gate. These four tips will ensure you pack the perfect carry-on bag and avoid those pesky fees for checking a bag:

  1. Prepare, but don’t over-prepare

There are a lot of variables to think about when traveling, like how long you’ll be gone, changes in weather and if you’ll be attending both formal and casual functions, to name a few. While it is important to prepare for it all, be mindful that over preparing almost always results in over packing. For example, if the forecast is calling for rain during your travels, consider packing only one light raincoat that matches many outfits rather than several bulkier raincoats in bright, accented colors. Also, consider your proximity to laundry services and utilize them if you’ll be staying at the destination for a long period of time. This will help significantly cut back on the amount of clothing you pack.

  1. Invest in a space saver

Good news! You don’t have to toss your favorite suitcase or duffel bag and replace it with a larger one in order to gain more space in your carry-on. Instead, consider investing in a space saver like compression bags or packing cubes. They’ll help free up tons of space in your bag, and they’re a lot more cost effective than purchasing an entirely new bag!

  1. Don’t pack your bulkiest items, wear them

If you’ve ever tried to stuff bulky clothing like a pea coat or suit jacket into a carry-on bag, you probably realized there isn’t much room for anything else. If you must carry a heavy, bulky coat on your trip, simply wear or carry it instead of packing it. Likewise, boots are another large item to consider wearing to the airport instead of packing.

  1. Roll instead of folding

You may have always been told to neatly fold your clothes when packing your bag, but the next time you go on a big trip, try rolling your jeans, shirts, socks and undergarments! Rolling your clothes will not only save valuable space, but also it will reduce wrinkling.

Remember, smart packing will help you have a less stressful traveling experience, no doubt! Have a great time, and make sure to visit our website to check out our Wearever incontinence products that will protect you from leakage throughout your trip.

 

Remember, smart packing will help you have a less stressful traveling experience, no doubt! Have a great time, and make sure to visit our website to check out our Wearever incontinence products that will protect you from leakage throughout your trip.

Women’s Cotton Comfort Panty – Review

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If you’re suffering from lowered self-confidence and increased stress due to unexpected leakage, it’s important to know that you’re not alone and — thankfully — there is a solution. Women experiencing incontinence choose Wearever Cotton Comfort Panties because they offer incomparable protection and comfort, all the while adding a stylish flair to their wardrobes. Successfully absorbing leakage for up to 200-250 washes, these reusable incontinence panties are made out of a soft, silky cotton fabric with antimicrobial fibers that actually reduce odor-causing bacteria, ensuring that you’ll stay fresh all day long.

Tracy Renko from Tracy Simple reviewed our Women’s Cotton Comfort Panties on behalf of her grandmother, who just recently began experiencing leakage due to incontinence. Thanks to Wearever, she has regained her confidence to go back out in public and live her life to the fullest without worrying about leakage:

“[When wearing Wearever Cotton Comfort Panties], she is not scared to leave the home. I think…these are a much better choice than the adult briefs or pull-ups. They work great and do not have a tight fit. [They are] smooth like regular underwear. There is no bulk whatsoever.”

Thanks so much for sharing your grandmother’s wonderful experience, Tracy! It is always so rewarding to hear customer success stories from people of all ages. Read Tracy’s full blog post here, detailing her grandmother’s newly acquired confidence to get back out in the world and experience life thanks to Wearever.

4 Tips for Happy & Healthy Aging

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Women and men go through many changes as they begin to age. However, it’s important to remember these changes are natural parts of a healthy aging process. In fact, National Senior Health and Fitness Day was created on May 30, 1993, to educate older adults on the importance of staying fit and active! In honor of the 25th anniversary of this special holiday, we’ve put together some tips for happy and healthy aging:

  1. Stay Physically Active

There are so many ways to stay active throughout every stage of your life, despite any physical limitations that may occur with age. Aerobic exercises provide a wide range of benefits in addition to weight loss, from increasing energy levels to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Specifically, yoga increases flexibility and allows us to target certain areas of the body to reduce aches and pain. There’s an exercise out there to fit all abilities and interests, and it’s all about finding the right activities for your body. Visit our website to check out our Wearever incontinence products that will protect you from light to heavy leakage while exercising.

  1. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Eating healthy is important at any age, but as we get older, the food we put in our bodies has a much bigger impact on how we feel throughout the day. Eating a variety of foods to ensure the body is getting all of the nutrients it needs, following serving suggestions and staying hydrated are just a few dietary tips to incorporate into daily routines. Check out our recipe series for monthly incontinence-friendly foods that are as healthy as they are delicious.

  1. Get Regular Check-Ups

No matter how busy we are, we must always remember that yearly check-ups are too important to skip. Even if we feel healthy, a doctor could catch something that hasn’t even started to exhibit symptoms yet. Doctors are also a great source for lifestyle and nutritional advice to keep us mentally and physically healthy.

  1. Stay Socially Active

Relationships with friends and family have a huge impact on health and quality of life. Engaging in social activities has been shown to improve mental and physical health, decrease pain and even increase lifespan. If you usually have an introverted personality, consider inviting a few friends over for a social hour!

While some aspects of aging are inevitable, there are many that can be controlled and maintained with simple lifestyle choices. It’s never too late to start living a happy and healthier lifestyle.