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Is The O-Shot Effective Against Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence transpires when a person’s urinary sphincter grows weak and in turn, leads to involuntary, and unexpected leakage of urine on a daily basis. This is a problem that affects many people but occurs most frequently in women of all ages. Though incontinence is highly prevalent in the elderly, it can also affect women who have experienced pregnancy, menopause, and other related medical conditions.

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 25% of premenopausal women, 50% of middle-aged women or postmenopausal women, and 75% of elderly women suffer from incontinence. With such a high percentage of women suffering from incontinence, researchers have estimated that nearly $19.5 billion has been spent on a plethora of treatments, including surgery, in the effort to reduce the symptoms.

Just recently, a new treatment for stress incontinence was discovered and doctors are calling it the O-Shot. This new treatment has peaked the interest in many women who are plagued by incontinence and are in search for any means necessary to end their involuntary leaks.  

How the O-Shot Works

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The O-Shot is an injection that is made from platelet-rich plasma that is directly taken from the patient’s blood and spun together. Due to its properties and yellow hue, doctors are calling the plasma, ‘liquid gold’. A doctor starts by drawing blood from the patient’s arm and place it in a centrifuge. After time, the centrifuge separates the red blood cells from the plasma.

Dr. Beverly Mikes explains that the plasma produced is rich with growth factors that promote cells to increase their production of elastin–a protein found in the dermis of the skin–collagen, and vasculature and nerves (Source). The plasma then helps to regenerate and stimulate new tissue which in turn, treats stress incontinence.

Once this process is completed, the doctor administers a topical numbing cream followed by an injection of a local anesthetic and injects four cc’s of the liquid gold into the vaginal wall and the remaining 1 cc into the clitoris. Women who have received this treatment must keep in mind that results are not immediate and any signs of noticeable improvement may take a while.

A data bank maintained by the O-Shot’s founder Dr. Charles Runels has shown that there is a 65% success rate within three months of the injection. If there are still no signs of improvement within the three months, doctors recommend that the patient receive a second shot. The data bank notes an 85% success rate for those who were administered a second shot.

For women who have experienced reduced incontinence symptoms in the O-Shot treatment, it is recommended to receive yearly injections. Currently, a single treatment of the O-Shot is priced at $1,500 and is not covered by insurance. 

 

Not Enough Research

Like any experimental branch of medicine that has been newly discovered, questions and controversy have followed the development of the O-Shot.

As eager as many women are to try out this new treatment, the lack of peer-reviewed scientific evidence is leaving many questioning its effectiveness and its level of risk. Unfortunately, due to the insufficient scientific data, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have yet to include the O-Shot treatment in its Practice Bulletin for Urinary Incontinence in Women. Obstetricians and Gynecologists are advising their patients to heed caution to the O-Shot due to the placebo effect. Many women who suffer from urinary incontinence are very embarrassed to admit that they have this problem–even though it is more common than most believe it to be. Because of this, there is a heightened chance of the placebo effect occurring. Sometimes, all it takes is one woman’s positive testimony of the procedure to convince the rest that the treatment will work just as well for them. Hopefully, as time passes and more research is conducted, obstetricians and gynecologists can officially deem the O-Shot as an effective treatment for urinary incontinence.

There Are Many Ways To Manage Incontinence

Until more research is done, doctors recommend that patients practice pelvic muscle training to make your bladder and pelvic muscles strong enough to stop an unexpected leakage. Surgery, medication, and behavior therapy are recommended to those with extreme and debilitating cases of incontinence.

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Incontinence May Be Preventing People From Exercising

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Incontinence affects nearly 25 million adults in the U.S., almost 80% of those being females (Source). Contrary to being such a prevalent disorder, many people wait an average 6.5 years before consulting their condition with a doctor.

Incontinence can interfere with one’s ability to live a regular life, due to fear leakage accidents. In turn, this involuntary leakage may result in people becoming withdrawn from social activity as well as physical activity.

The Effect That Incontinence Has On Exercise

There is a time in everyone’s life when physical ability and stamina degrades noticeably as this is the effect of getting older. This is amplified when one has incontinence.

Studies reveal that urinary incontinence is preventing people from exercising, but this does not have to be the case (Source). The trick to regulating urinary incontinence is to manage its symptoms, as Science Daily reports, which is relatively simple to do. This would include doing exercises that suit the condition. Since urinary incontinence generally does negatively affect people’s lives, it’s important to make them aware that lack of exercise will only make the side effects worse.

Another study suggests that women who didn’t experience a decline in muscle strength over the three year study period were less likely to suffer from stress incontinence (Source). When the abdomen area experiences pressure, the likelihood of leaking is high, but diminishes over time with exercise. Women over the age of 70 have a reduced risk of incontinence if they simply maintain their grip strength and muscle mass as they get older (Source

Having incontinence is no reason to refrain from physical activity. Getting your heart pumping and blood flowing is a great way to boost metabolism, increase longevity, and reduce incontinence symptoms.

The side affects of aging are never enjoyable, but lacking physical activity due to incontinence will only make you age quicker. Did you know that partaking in just 30 minutes of physical activity per day will actually help manage and regulate incontinence issues?

Exercises To Help Manage Incontinence

Some great workouts that will keep you keep fit while managing your incontinence are:

  • Kegel exercises
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Squeeze and hold muscles for five seconds, repeat
  • Yoga
  • Pilates

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The Effective Ways Seniors Can Treat Incontinence Issues

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There’s no shame in experiencing incontinence; it can happen to anyone. From the bubbly teenager who drank a little too much water, to the mom who had her first baby, to the elderly man whose bladder isn’t as strong as it used to be, incontinence isn’t as uncommon as you may think. 

If incontinence is a personal a struggle for you, there are plenty of treatment methods to consider

What to do First?

The best course of action would be to see a doctor. By making an appointment with your doctor, they will be able to determine if the incontinence that you are experiencing is stress incontinence, if you leak unexpectedly, or urge incontinence. Once the distinction is made, you can be set up on a proper treatment plan.

Find a Treatment Plan That Works For You

Depending on the severity of incontinence, you can choose from non-drug therapies and standard medications.

Some non-drug therapies include Kegel exercises, and bladder training–keeping a log of urination and accidents while increasing the time between using the bathroom.

Studies also show that cutting back on drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages can help lower incontinence rates. It may also help to get a sufficient amount of fiber in your daily diet and try to maintain a healthy diet (Source). For women with stress incontinence, a pessary can prove to be very helpful. A pessary devices shaped as a ring that you can insert to lift and support your bladder

Incontinence Medications

There are many medications that are approved for incontinence, mostly urge incontinence. With the guidance of your doctor, you can be prescribed Myrbetriq, Ditropan XL or its generic brand, Vesicare, and Detrol or the generic version as well (Source). Though these medications were specifically created for incontinence, they are not for everyone as there are many common side effects (constipation, drowsiness, dry mouth, blurry vision and dizziness).

Many of these side effects have led to patients discontinuing the use of them. If these medications aren’t for you, you also have the option to get Botox injected into your bladder to help tighten the muscles, but please advise your doctor first before making any decisions.

Natural Incontinence Remedies

For more natural remedies, try taking magnesium supplements or Vitamin D.

  • Magnesium is a mineral known for its assistance with nerve and muscle function. A small study revealed that more than half of the women who took magnesium hydroxide pills twice a day had improvements with their incontinence problems.
  • Vitamin D has also proved to be a useful supplement for incontinence. Another study showed that women between the ages of 20 and older who had normal vitamin D levels were less likely to have an incontinence disorder

Electrical Stimulation To Treat Incontinence

Electrical stimulation is another treatment for incontinence patients. During this process, mild electric shocks are directed into the lower back or the pelvic area. This stimulation can strengthen the muscles that are involved in urination. Electrical stimulation has proven to be helpful for both urge and stress incontinence (Source).

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While you are searching for the perfect treatment that will help with your incontinence, we have you covered. At Wearever, we supply quality incontinence products for both men and women. Our incontinence briefs and incontinence panties that are easily affordable, durable, and discrete. 

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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.

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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.

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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