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How Do You Know if You Have Incontinence?

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Incontinence is becoming less of a taboo topic as more people are opening up about their diagnosis, symptoms and treatments. Accordingly to Urology Care Foundation, approximately 33 million Americans live with urinary incontinence. Could you be one of them?

If you want to learn more about incontinence, check out the list of symptoms below.

Symptoms of stress incontinence:

  • Involuntary release of urine, especially when you cough, sneeze or laugh
  • Leaking a small to moderate amount of urine

Symptoms of urge incontinence:

  • Frequent and sudden incontrollable need to urinate
  • May leak anywhere from a small to large amount of urine

Symptoms of overflow incontinence:

  • Frequent or constant dribbling of urine
  • Bladder never feels empty

Symptoms of functional incontinence:

  • Experiencing a physical or mental impairment that keeps you from making it to the bathroom in time
    • Example: arthritis could prevent someone from being unable to unbutton pants

Symptoms of mixed incontinence:

  • Experiences one or more of the above symptoms

If you or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms, we recommend seeing your doctor to learn more about your options. For those already diagnosed with incontinence, know there are resources and solutions to help you stay comfortable and worry free!

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!

Show Your Leaks Who’s Boss!

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Our mission is to do whatever we can to help men and women living with incontinence feel comfortable and confident. Incontinence doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying everything life has to offer and our incontinence products were specifically designed to improve quality of life.

We love hearing about how our incontinence products have made lives better. Check out what one of our customers told us about how our incontinence underwear revitalized her “leaky situation.”:

“After my second child I noticed if I coughed or sneezed, I leaked a little. I soon realized that from then on I would be stuck using panty liners daily just in case.  Ladies you know how much we pay a month for our feminine products then add the cost of daily absorbent panty liners YIKES!! I cringed every time I added them to my shopping cart. There had to be a way to not only save the environment but my pocketbook as well.

Wearever has stylish and comfortable incontinence underwear for men and women who so that they can live life to the fullest with confidence and comfort.  Wearever incontinence underwear are reusable and they provide maximum protection for female and male incontience. Yay! No more filling the landfills. The underwear has sewn-in Unique-Dri pads that trap liquid and are treated with odor eliminating fibers. They are recommended to keep you dry through 200-250 washes. That’s a big money saver.

Wearever offers a large selection of absorbent female incontinence panties in all different styles and material including cotton, lace and nylon. You can choose light, moderate and heavy absorbency. Wearever offers men the same protection and with incontinence briefs and boxers.”

– Freebies 4 Friends blogger (read more here)

We want to hear your story! Let us know how Wearever incontinence supplies have changed the way you manage and live with your incontinence. At Wearever, we are fully committed to providing the best products that help people deal with incontienence. In addition to incontinece underwear for men and women, we also carry waterproof bed pads and diabetic socks from Buster Brown.

Safely Exercising With Incontinence: Dos and Don’ts

Urinary leakage can be triggered in women by simple activities such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, and even exercise. This is generally a result of stress incontinence, which is a common symptom in women post-child birth as well as during menopause. Leakage can often occur because there are increased forms of pressure on the pelvic and abdominal muscles. Continue reading

At Home Remedies For Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence can occur in three forms (stress, urge, and overflow) and affects more than 13 million Americans each year. While often time incontinence is more common in older individuals, urinary leakage can affect male and female adults of any age. Being a symptom of an underlying issue or medical condition, it is important to consult with your physician to find the best solution for you. However, there are some home remedies that can minimize or prevent leakage: Continue reading