Wearever Adult Incontinence Products Can Improve Quality Of Life

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Shame. Shame. Shame. Well… not anymore.

The thing you need to realize about urinary incontinence is that it’s a hidden condition. This is both good and bad. It’s good in that you are not the only person in this world suffering from bladder issues; other people have it too. But it’s bad because no one talks about it.  And so you feel like you are the only person in the world with an incontinence condition.

Since most people with this condition would want as little people as possible to know that they have it, they keep it secret. Technology has allowed adult incontinence products to become so thin, so discrete, that you won’t even notice when your friends are wearing them. So what ends up happening is two people, both belonging to the same social group, ashamed to admit their hidden condition, do not know that the other is suffering from incontinence!

Quality Male & Female Incontinence Products

Today, male and female incontinence products have empowered people to live better lives. One need no longer feel embarrassment when going outside because the absorbent material can keep you dry all day. If you do have a leakage accident it will not be noticed by the people around you. When exerting yourself by exercising, dancing or laughing you no longer need to fear that your “secret” will be discovered. That’s how good these products have become. You’re able to wear them all day, in full confidence that your condition will not give you away.

Decades ago, individuals wearing adult incontinence products stuck out like a sore thumb. Disposable diapers and other products would bunch up and cluster around the waist. Even the most untrained eye could pick up on the fact that you had a noticeable bulk around your pants or knickers. Moreover, the female and male incontinence products of yesteryear did not have odor absorption materials…so if you had an accident on a crowded bus, the smell would make it known, and people would turn to you.

But perhaps it being a simpler time, this allowed for more interaction. If a group of seniors, for example, saw that one of their friends looked to be wearing incontinence wear, they might have been more motivated to open up about their own incontinence issues. So the fact that one could easily be spotted wearing incontinence products might one not feel so alone. But this is a farfetched idea.

Incontinence Awareness

What we need as a society is more dialogue and awareness around the issues surrounding bladder incontinence. The emotional burden of dealing with incontinence does not have to be carried alone. Nor do we need to go backwards in technology in order to feel closer to our peers. Urinary incontinence affects millions of people in the United States. A 2007 study done in the U.S. reported a cost-of-illness of $66 billion dollars (Source).

There’s no need to feel shame. Because chances are your neighbor, or best friend, or family member could be worried by incontinence issues too. Wearever attempts to bring such discussion to the forefront of society by providing resources on our blog and encouraging an open dialogue.

Wearever incontinence briefs, incontinence panties, and incontinence bed pads provide sturdy protection that you can rely on.

5 Questions about Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises Answered

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  1. What is the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is a layer of muscles that support the pelvic organs, which are the bladder and bowel in men and the bladder, bowel and uterus in women.

  1. What are pelvic floor disorders?

When the pelvic floor is weak or damaged, it does not properly support the pelvic organs. There are 3 main types of pelvic floor disorders, including urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

  1. What exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles?

Kegel exercises are a popular way to boost the control of pelvic floor muscles. The Mayo Clinic shares a how-to guide for Kegel exercises here. Prevention Magazine online also shared four exercises from Amy Stein, author of Heal Pelvic Pain.

  1. What are the benefits of pelvic floor muscle exercises?

Pelvic floor muscle exercises can improve bladder and bowel control as well as reduce the risk of prolapse. For women, these exercises can improve recovery after childbirth or gynecological surgery. For men, these exercises can ease the recovery after prostate surgery.

  1. Will pelvic floor muscle exercises solve urinary incontinence?

While strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through targeted exercises is linked to improvements in bladder control, it doesn’t solve bladder leakage all together. While trying the pelvic floor exercises, protect yourself from accidents with our comfortable incontinence underwear.

Travel Longer and Farther Without Worrying about Urinary Incontinence Accidents

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Huge thanks to Wendy from PA Dutch Travel for sharing a great review of Wearever Women’s Lovely Lace Trim Panties. She points out several of our favorite features, including that they are comfortable and reusable. She shared:

“When I am traveling or hiking or going for extended periods without the restroom I am more prone to have a bathroom emergency. You have been holding your bladder for awhile and one big sneeze…and whoops, you know what happens!

So, I wore them all around town on different days. I also wore them at a long outdoor party and another long day of outdoor adventures. They are nice because they keep you dry and are not uncomfortable and bulky.

They hold up through many washings and they retain their shape…. The fact that they can be re-used is awesome. Not only will you save money but you will also be helping the environment. No more throwaways that are just adding to the already overflowing landfills. They trap liquid and have odor-protection which gives you the confidence you need to get through your day.”

Read Wendy’s full blog post at http://pa-dutch-travel.blogspot.com/2015/05/wearever-leak-control-underwear-for-men.html

Top 6 Tips for Managing Multiple Sclerosis

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In 2003, March was named the annual National Multiple Sclerosis Education & Awareness Month. In honor of this observance, we wanted to share information and tips. MS is a chronic disease affecting the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control and other bodily functions. Science continues to improve the treatments available to ease symptoms, prevent relapses and slow the disease’s progression.

Check out these top six tips for managing multiple sclerosis.

  1. Get enough rest.

While it may be difficult for those with multiple sclerosis to get a good night’s sleep, it’s important to get enough shut-eye. One suggestion for getting the rest you need is to develop a consistent night-time routine, including getting on a set sleep schedule and using the time right before bed to relax.

  1. Exercise gently.

Even 30 minutes of physical activity a few times a week makes a big difference in reducing symptoms of feeling tired or depressed. Aerobic workouts are perfect for exercising your heart, and resistance training can sustain your muscle mass.

  1. Watch what you eat.

There is no perfect food plan for those with MS, but eating healthy helps your body stay properly nourished and improves it’s operating ability.

  1. Manage your stress level.

Stress is never a positive emotion, but for those with multiple sclerosis, it is even more taxing. Whenever possible, it is best to identify external and unique stressors to alleviate them as much as possible.

  1. Plan ahead.

One of the ways to manage your stress level is to plan ahead whenever possible. For example when seeing your doctor, brainstorm questions or symptoms you’d like to discuss to make the most of your visit. Another idea is to bring your own food to a social gathering to ensure there is something that works for you. Finally for the 80 percent of people living with MS that also experience urinary urgency and frequency, using comfortable and absorbent undergarments can alleviate the stress of accidents.

  1. Stay cool.

Shifts in temperature are known to aggravate symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Situations that can cause them to worsen include really hot weather, fever, hot baths/showers and overheating due to exercise. Instead, try to stay indoors during extreme temperatures, find shade in the sun and use fans to help stay cool.

To read more about Wearever’s continued commitment to supporting those with Multiple Sclerosis, read here.

Incontinence-Friendly Recipe: Chicken and Strawberry Salad

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Spring temperatures mean new fresh produce is hitting the stands! We’re excited to dig into this refreshing salad from MyRecipes.com. It’s perfect for lunch and hearty enough to serve as weekday dinner.

It also has the added benefit of avoiding common ingredients that can aggravate urinary incontinence. We hope you enjoy this crisp salad and the beautiful spring weather!

Ingredients:

Dressing:

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon water

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salad:

4 cups torn romaine lettuce

4 cups arugula

2 cups quartered strawberries

1/3 cup vertically sliced red onion

12 ounces skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast, sliced

2 tablespoons unsalted cashews, halved

Directions:

  1. To prepare dressing, combine sugar, red wine vinegar, water, salt and black pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Gradually drizzle in oil, stirring constantly with a whisk.
  3. Set dressing aside.
  4. To prepare salad, combine romaine with arugula, quartered strawberries, red onion and chicken in a bowl; toss gently.
  5. Place about 2 cups chicken and salad mixture on each of 4 plates.
  6. Top each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cashews.
  7. Drizzle about 4 teaspoons dressing over each serving.
  8. Enjoy!

Not sure what diet has to do with incontinence? Check out how small nutrition modifications can reduce urinary leaks. Also check out our incontinence briefs and incontinence panties that provide the protection you can count on.

Fashionable Incontinence Protection For Any Age

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Thanks to Denise of Neicyisms and Nestlings blog for her great review of the Wearever Women’s Lovely Lacy Trim Panties! She refers to Wearever as a happy medium between adult diapers and the fine lingerie department stores. Here’s what she had to say:

“When I imagine myself as I advance through life into my golden years, I still would like to see myself as a “Golden Girl Fashionista”. Yes, my infinity scarf will undoubtedly be worn more for warmth than for style and yes, I may possibly have retired my ripped jeans and boy shorts, but I will still want to rock the runway or retirement villa. Well, here’s a thought – will I still shop in the fine lingerie department stores or will I anxiously await the newest style of adult diapers? Wearever, offers a happy medium for men and women….

Wearever Women’s Lovely Lacy Trim Panties are the fashionable alternative to regular cotton panties, without sacrificing comfort or reliability. These panties are the reliable and economic solution to disposable incontinence products; they last for 200-250 washes and are backed by the Wearever brand.”

We love hearing how our products help people feel stylish and comfortable in any stage of life. Read Denise’s full blog post at http://www.niecyisms.com/2014/02/featured-review-wearever-incontinence.html

5 Myths About Incontinence: Busted

incontinence factsThere are a lot of misconceptions about incontinence. It can be hard to tell where the truth lies. So, whether you’re living with incontinence or caring for someone who is, check out a few debunked myths to help you keep the facts straight:

1. Myth: To avoid urinary leaks, don’t drink much water.

  • Reality: It is still very important to consume enough fluids to stay hydrated. Instead, consider drinking water at times when you know you will have easy access to a nearby restroom. It’s also recommended people living with incontinence limit food and drinks that can acerbate incontinence symptoms such as alcoholic beverages, caffeine and acidic foods.

2. Myth: Surgery is the only option for treating urinary incontinence.

  • Reality: In addition to surgery, there are also other treatment options for incontinence, including medication, exercise, and diet modification and lifestyle changes. The Mayo Clinic shared this extensive list of treatment options to evaluate what may work best for you with your own physician

3. Myth: Urinary incontinence or leakage isn’t something I need to bring up with my doctor.

4. Adult diapers or sanitary napkins are the only option for adults with urinary incontinence.

  • Reality: You are not bound to the crinkly, bulky and uncomfortable disposable products. Wearever offers an alternative – real underwear featuring a sewn-in super absorbent Unique-dri™ pad, which traps liquid for built-in, all-day protection. These incontinence panties and men’s incontinence briefs are comfortable, look and feel just like traditional underwear while providing protection for leaks.

5. Myth: Incontinence only occurs in seniors.

  • Reality: While urinary incontinence is common in older adults, it can affect men and women of any age. Incontinence in women can occur during and immediately after pregnancy. Additionally, a number of other health concerns are associated with urinary incontinence, including ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. There are an estimated 30 million Americans living with some level of urinary incontinence.

Have more questions about incontinence? Check out our FAQ page for additional information!

Incontinence-Friendly Recipe: Pork Chops with Apples, Onions and Sweet Potatoes

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As the winter temperatures plummet, it’s a great time of year to cook cozy comfort foods! We like this delicious pork chop recipe seasoned with apples, onions and sweet potatoes. It’s not only delicious, but it avoids known dietary irritants that can impact incontinence. With a few changes, many people living with urinary leaks can help increase bladder control. And all without sacrificing savory flavors! Trust us, this dish’s aromas are sure to make the neighbors jealous!

The recipe, adapted from AllRecipes, requires little prep time and is ready in just over an hour, so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner or to make for an unexpected guest. We hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

4 pork chops

salt and pepper to taste

2 onions, sliced into rings

2 sweet potatoes, sliced

2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced into rings

3 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour and 15 min

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Season pork chops with salt and pepper to taste, and arrange in a medium oven-safe skillet. Top pork chops with onions, sweet potatoes and apples. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Season with 2 teaspoons pepper and 1 teaspoon salt.
  3. Cover, and bake 1 hour until sweet potatoes are tender and pork chops have reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.

Want to know more about how a recipe can help with incontinence? Read more about diet modification and incontinence.

Cervical Health Awareness Month

 

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Cervical cancer affects an estimated 12,000 women annually. Unlike so many other diseases though, there have been huge strides in vaccination and screening over the last several years leading to increased awareness, earlier testing and improved treatment options.

It’s important these efforts continue to ensure more women stay ahead of this awful disease. As part of that, the American Social Health Association and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition named January Cervical Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to educating and encouraging women to get tested and vaccinated.

Lynn Barclay, ASHA president and CEO shared with HealthyWomen.org, “Science has put us in a remarkable position to protect women from cervical cancer, but technology is only half the battle. It’s imperative we continue efforts that not only promote greater access to health care, but that we also inform women about cervical cancer and the marvelous means we now have to prevent this disease.”

Even with cervical cancer now being very treatable, diagnosis is still life altering and can lead to a number of side effects. One complication not discussed often is urinary leaks. Radiation therapy to the pelvis can cause urge incontinence. Additionally, surgery or treatment can weaken muscles leading to stress incontinence.

For women dealing with leaks, it can feel embarrassing or create additional anxiety with the fear of having an accident in public. Reducing this for anyone living with incontinence is at the foundation of why we started the company. Our hope is that Wearever absorbent incontinence underwear can help in a small way by providing a comfortable and discrete solution that looks and feels like real panties.

We also want to help continue spreading the important message: This January, take the time to schedule your next cervical cancer screening and remind the women in your life to do so as well!

Celebrities – They’re Just Like Us!

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For the majority of us, a normal day does not consist of make up artists, wardrobe teams and red carpet appearances. It’s easy to forget that celebrities are normal human beings just like us, especially when it comes to health conditions. More and more celebrities are opening up about their own incontinence experiences. Check it out:

  • Kate Winslet, now 40-years-old, recently shared with People Magazine that she experiences urinary leaks after having three children. “I can’t jump on trampolines anymore, I wet myself…when you’ve had a few children, it’s just what happens. It’s amazing, two sneezes, I’m fine. Three, it’s game over!,” she said.
  • Famous actor Samuel L. Jackson started having moments of incontinence in his late forties. Although he was initially a little upset over the diagnosis, he went on to say, “I realized that this was a problem that millions of Americans dealt with every day. I decided to get on with my life.”
  • Comedian Whoopi Goldberg was remembering the late Joan Rivers and briefly mentioned her own urinary leaks, too. “Joan made me laugh harder than anyone I’ve ever known,” said Whoopi, “It wasn’t like sometimes. It was every time. She made you laugh deep in your guts. You always left with wet underwear.”
  • Actress Helena Bonham Carter revealed weeks after giving birth she ended up wearing Nappies to work, a baby diaper brand, to control her bladder. Helena, give Wearever a try next time for some stylish and comfortable incontinence panties for women! She returned to work shooting “Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince” and said, “I was ill-equipped as I’d just had a baby. I wasn’t very fit. You have pelvic floor problems after having a baby and bladder control is minimal.”

 

Incontinence is not a topic that has to be hush hush or embarrassing. If you or a loved one lives with light, moderate or heavy incontinence, check out our men’s and women’s incontinence underwear lines. They look and feel just like traditional underwear and are washable and reusable, saving you hundreds each year from disposable options. Don’t let urinary leaks slow you down or hold you back from living life to the fullest anymore!