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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remember this is a holiday trip to see family or friends, so try to enjoy yourself and your company as much as you can!
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
- 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
- Melt butter in a 4-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
- Cook celery and onion in butter for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.
- Remove Dutch oven from the heat.
- Gently toss celery mixture and remaining ingredients, using spoon, until bread cubes are evenly coated.
- Grease 3-quart casserole or baking dish, 13x9x2 inches.
- Place stuffing in casserole dish and cover.
- Bake for 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes.
What Thanksgiving side dishes are you planning to serve? We’d love to hear!
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.
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
- Whisk scallion, soy sauce, vinegar, honey and ginger in a bowl until the honey is dissolved.
- Place salmon in a plastic bag.
- Add 3 tablespoons of the sauce mixture to the bag. Set the remaining sauce aside.
- Place the bag in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Preheat your broiler.
- Line a small baking pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.
- Transfer the salmon to the pan, skinned-side down. Discard the marinade.
- Broil the salmon for 6 to 10 minutes.
- 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.
In 2015, Pew Research Center released survey results showing that 68 percent of U.S. adults now own a smartphone and about 45 percent now own some form of tablet. With the growing number of smartphone users, there are now apps available for those with incontinence and caregivers as well. Check out the top 10 apps we found below:
- GreatCall Link: The app provides caregivers with peace of mind during their day to day lives. A caregiver can monitor a loved ones leaving and arriving home, as well as viewing a list of their daily activities to ensure they are doing well. In the case of an emergency, the caregiver is notified of the date, time and type of help provided.
- Bladder Diary: Users can track their fluid intake and urine output, which can assist in conversation with medical professions to better understand their level of incontinence and track treatment success.
- Sit or Squat: Users can find the nearest public restroom anywhere in the U.S.
- Kegel Kat: Reminds users to practice kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
- Kegel Trainer: Provides easy to follow Kegel exercises and daily reminders for men and women to strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
- Waterin: This app provides reminders to drink more water throughout the day. Users can set personal water consumption goals and track their intake.
- Water Your Body: Users can program their personal information and determine how much water they need to drink on a daily basis, then they can track their intake.
- SparkRecipes: This app provides 500,000 recipes with the ability to search recipes to help meet specific dietary restrictions or preferences.
- HealthyOut: Eating out with dietary restrictions can be challenging, but this app helps you find and order at healthy restaurants anywhere in the U.S.
- CareZone: A free app for users that features a profile to log information about your loved one. You can invite other friends and family members to join as “helpers” to keep everyone on the same page. It also assists with medication management by tracking type, dosage, pharmacy and more.
Have you used your smartphone or tablet to help with your incontinence symptoms or to care for a loved one? We’d love to hear from you!
Kegels are a popular way for people to strengthen pelvic floors, and when practiced correctly, can be very effective. However, an easier exercise anyone can do to reduce incontinence symptoms is practicing proper posture.
Sitting up straight and aligning your body vertically helps to effectively support the pelvic floor and maintain the appropriate amount of muscle tension.
Are you intrigued, but not sure what proper posture looks like? When sitting down, look for a chair or seat that keeps your hips higher than your knees. Often, this can be achieved by simply sliding forward in the seat.
Next, you’ll want to place your feet either shoulder width distance apart or stagger them one in front of the other. Avoid crossing your legs, which increases hamstring tension and can misalign your pelvis.
Finally, roll forward on your pelvis until you feel pressure on your pubic bone. The pressure on your pubic bone signals your body’s neutral spine or natural balance point.
With these quick fixes, you can experience the confidence and comfort of proper posture as well as fewer bladder leaks.
There 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.
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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!
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!