How Urinary Incontinence Can Affect Sexual Health

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In a recent study, a link between urinary incontinence and negative sexual health outcomes was discovered. In a BJU International study, many women with urinary incontinence problems discussed their decline in sexual activity and sexual arousal over the past year or so. Additionally, men with urinary incontinence troubles also noted a decrease in sexual desire as well as difficulties with different sexual functions.

The English Longitudinal Study Of Aging

In light of these problems, these individuals were invited to participate in the English Longitudinal Study of Aging (ELSA) that consisted of 3,805 participants. This study looked at aging, retirement, and health within middle-aged and older men and women who live in the England area. 20% of the women participants and 7% of the men participants reported issues with incontinence within the last 12 months. The results of their study showed that in fact, there was a significant link between declining sexual health and urinary incontinence problems.

Dr. David Lee, lead author of the study and doctor of Manchester Metropolitan University, discusses his findings. He explains, “Our findings highlight strong links between urinary incontinence and a number of negative outcomes regarding sexual health. Both urinary incontinence and later-life sexuality remain taboo subjects in society and are likely to be under-reported as coexisting health problems. Given the relatively high occurrence of incontinence, particularly among women, healthcare professionals should be aware of the potential impacts on quality-of-life and well-being, and recognize that sexual activity and satisfaction are key factors in this equation” (source).

The Silence Factor

Far too often, men and women dealing with incontinence and the decline of sexual desires are too ashamed to speak up about the problems they are experiencing. By keeping such a significant health problem a secret, these men and women are only reducing their overall quality of life. In that, researchers observed that signs of depression were greatly increased–strongly associating with the effects of lower sexual health due to urinary incontinence. Additionally, researchers also noted that many of the participants experienced high levels of anxiety and embarrassment due to the leakage, odor, and other effects that come with urinary incontinence. Luckily, with the right medical guidance, urinary incontinence and related sexual problems can be lessened and even cured.

In an additional study published in Sexual Medicine back in March of 2017, results showed that women with urinary incontinence were more likely to abstain from sexual activities far more than women who had little to no problems with incontinence. This stems from the embarrassment and bladder sensitivity that comes with urinary incontinence problems. Additionally, women who struggled with urinary incontinence also experienced less sexual desire, increased sexual discomfort, and less sexual satisfaction–more so than the men who dealt with incontinence issues as well. However, men with incontinence did admit to experiencing trouble with arousal, erectile dysfunction, and even the ability to orgasm during sexual activities.

Many doctors and physicians can’t stress enough the importance of speaking up; one should never feel ashamed or embarrassed about their experiences with urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunctions. The earlier you see a doctor, the better and faster they can come up with a treatment plan that will help you regain your normal desires.

Get Your Summer Reading List Ready for These 2018 Book Releases

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It’s not quite summer yet, but it’s never too early to start planning for it! This means planning your summer reading list, because summer is filled with R&R opportunities that seem so rare during any other season. If you feel like there are too many good books being released and too little time to read them all, we’ve got you covered. From heartwarming memoirs to chilling mysteries, we’ve put together a list of some of the most highly anticipated books coming out this summer.

“The Seasons of My Mother,” by Marcia Gay Harden (May 1)

An Academy Award-winning actress shows that her talents go much further than acting in this touching memoir by Marcia Gay Harden, written as a tribute to her mother who struggled with Alzheimer’s. Her writing captures the unique mother-daughter bond they shared, a connection that is sure to touch the hearts of every reader. “The Seasons of My Mother” is available for preorder on Amazon.

“The Outsider,” by Stephen King (May 22)

This novel is about the investigation of a gruesome crime and, in true Stephen King fashion, ends with a twist that even the biggest mystery fans will never see coming. Will this book leave us shocked and a little horrified? Probably. Will we be able to put it down? Absolutely not. If the suspense is already driving you crazy, you can preorder it today!

“The President is Missing,” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (June 4)

What happens when a former U.S. president and award-winning thriller author team up to write a novel? We get a shocking mystery about a president gone missing and a nation in panic. Clinton provides the inside details while Patterson does the storytelling, resulting in “the most gripping and surprising thriller in years.” Preorder on Amazon if you’re looking to dive into the latest mystery-thriller novel!

“Clock Dance,” by Anne Tyler (July 10)

This bittersweet novel tells the story of a Willa Drake, a widow who drops everything after a rattling and unexpected event. She begins a whole new life at an age when most people would never dream of starting over. In a story filled with ups and downs, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler reminds us that it is never too late to start over and find fulfillment in our lives. Preorder this book to enjoy it as soon as it comes out!

Are you as excited for these books as we are? Now that you have your reading list out of the way, you’re ready to start “booking” the rest of your summer! Remember, you can stay dry all summer long while curled up with your favorite books thanks to our discrete incontinence panties, incontinence briefs, and reusable bed pads. Happy reading!

Three Tips for Picking the Right Doctor for You

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The transition to a new primary care physician can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean it should be. Your doctor is the person you trust to listen to your health questions and concerns, give the right medical advice and correctly diagnose your illnesses. When you’re selecting a doctor, you definitely want to cover all of your bases. Luckily, there are steps you can take to make sure you’re picking the right doctor for your specific health needs.

  1. Talk to Your Insurance Provider

Call your health insurance provider or visit their website to find out what offices, physicians and services are covered by your plan. When you visit a doctor that is in your health insurance’s network, you can expect your insurance to cover part or all of the visit’s cost. You’ll pay less out of pocket and avoid having to start your search all over again if you confirm with your provider that the doctor you’d like to see is “in-network.”

  1. Get Recommendations

Make sure to ask people in your social network about their experiences with recent general practitioners. While any online review can be helpful, a recommendation from someone you trust is always more reassuring. Some of the best doctor-patient relationships result from referrals. When consulting friends, you should always keep in mind that your specific health needs may differ from those of a friend or family member.

  1. Make Sure Your Needs Match Up with Their Expertise

Everyone’s health needs are different, so there are several different types of primary care physicians. Picking a doctor that specializes in your age group, gender and specific health concerns will ensure that you’re getting the best possible advice and treatments. Many primary care physicians have special areas of expertise that may not be inferred by their title, so make sure to ask which doctor is most skilled in your needs when booking your appointment.

Choosing the right doctor for you is imperative because a trusted primary care physician can become one of your most important professional relationships. Following these simple steps will ensure that you receive the specific care you need when selecting your new doctor. You can also visit our website for more information about our Wearever incontinence products and how they can protect you from light to heavy leakage.

A Stroke May Increase The Risk of Urgency Urinary Incontinence

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Both doctors and scientists alike have discovered many different causes of urinary incontinence. However, recently, research results from a Medical Research Council National Survey for Health and Development birth cohort, discovered the risk of developing urinary incontinence after experiencing a stroke. The researchers behind this study believe that strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIA) could be a significant risk factor for urgency urinary incontinence (source).

The Study

The 1,762 participants for this study needed to be over the age of 68 with a previous history of stroke or TIA–a temporary block of blood flow to the brain, also known as mini strokes–at the age of 60 to 64 years. Researchers discovered that these participants were actually twice as susceptible to developing urgency urinary incontinence in comparison to those who didn’t have a history of strokes or transient ischemic attacks.

Additionally, their research also lined up with previous studies that looked at BMI (body mass index) as a contributing factor to forms of urinary incontinence. Their results showed that with each standard deviation increment in a participant’s body mass index, their odds of contracting urgency urinary incontinence was 19% higher. However, in female participants who showed signs of stress urinary incontinence, they were 1.8 times likely to develop forms of urgency urinary incontinence. In total, their study determined that the prevalence of developing urgency urinary incontinence at the age of 68 in their male participants was 12%, while their female participants of 68 years of age was 19%.

Researchers also noted that in cases of severely debilitating forms urgency urinary incontinence, the above-defined risk factors were actually much stronger. Even before experiencing a stroke or transient ischemic attacks, participants were still at 3.6 times greater risk of developing symptoms of severe urgency urinary incontinence. However, researchers never found the same association with mild forms of UUI. Although, they did discover that forms of hypertension (high blood pressure) in men 60 to 64 years of age contributed to a 1.6 greater risk in developing urgency urinary incontinence; this statistic was not found in women.

Taking a closer look at their women participants, researchers concluded that there was little to no association between urgency urinary incontinence and menopause of hormone replacement therapy. They also determined that there was no connection between smoking, physical activity, and UUI.

As you can see, there are very many contributing factors to signs and symptoms of urinary incontinence, especially in urgency urinary incontinence. Although previous history of stroke or transient ischemic attacks plays a significant role in one’s susceptibility to urgency urinary incontinence, factors such as hypertension and BMI can also determine one’s vulnerability to UUI.  

Incontinence Recipe of The Month: Veggie Burger

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If you’re a fan of burgers, you probably know they contain large amounts of fats and calories, making it hard to fit them into a healthy diet. Veggie burgers are an easy and delicious alternative, as they have about three times less total fat than beef burgers. The best part of this recipe? You can grill this veggie burger, so you’ll get that same char-grilled taste that makes a hamburger so irresistible!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup raw walnuts (or substitute breadcrumbs)
  • 1/2 tablespoon grape seed or avocado oil, plus more for cooking
  • 1/2 white onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon each: chili powder, cumin powder and smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: sea salt and black pepper, plus more for coating burgers
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or substitute organic brown sugar or muscovado sugar)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, well rinsed, drained and patted dry
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs (if gluten-free, use gluten-free breadcrumbs)
  • 3-4 tablespoons vegan barbeque sauce

Instructions:

  1. If your brown rice isn’t cooked yet, start by following this method for the best results. Otherwise, move onto the next step.
  2. Heat skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add raw walnuts and toast for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until fragrant and golden brown. Let cool and move onto the next step.
  3. In the meantime, heat the same skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1/2 tablespoon oil and onion. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until onion is fragrant, soft and translucent. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Once walnuts are cooled, add to blender or food processor with chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and coconut sugar. Blend until a fine meal is achieved. Set aside.
  5. To a large mixing bowl, add drained, dried black beans and mash well using a fork, leaving only a few whole beans.
  6. Next, add cooked rice, spice-walnut mixture, sautéed onion, panko breadcrumbs and barbeque sauce. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon for 1-2 minutes or until a moldable dough forms. If dry, add an extra 1-2 tablespoons of barbeque sauce. If too wet, add more panko breadcrumbs. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  7. For larger burgers, divide into 5 patties (1/2 cup in size), or form 10 smaller burgers (1/4 cup in size). To help form the patties, line the 1/2 or 1/4 measuring cup with plastic wrap and pack with burger mixture. Press down to pack firmly, then lift out by the edges of the plastic wrap and slightly flatten with hands to form a 3/4-inch thick patty. Set on a baking sheet or plate for grilling.
  8. If grilling, heat the grill at this time and brush the grill surface with oil to ease cooking. Otherwise, heat the same skillet you used earlier to medium heat.
  9. Once skillet is hot, add just enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of your skillet, then add your burgers. Add only as many patties as will comfortably fit in the pan. Otherwise, add burgers to the grill and close lid.
  10. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until well browned on the underside, then flip gently. Although the veggie patties are not as firm as meat patties, they will definitely hold their shape. Reduce heat if patties are cooking or browning too quickly. Cook for 3-4 minutes on other side.
  11. Remove patties from heat to let cool slightly. Prepare any other toppings or side dishes at this time.
  12. Serve patties as is, or place them on toasted buns with desired toppings. Leftovers keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Grilling season is just around the corner, and this recipe will help you enjoy it with a healthier alternative to traditional beef burgers. For additional suggestions and nutrition information, see the full recipe from Minimalist Baker.

Oscars 2018: Predictions to Watch

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Awards show season is just beginning, and with an average of 40 million viewers each year, the Oscars is easily one of the most anticipated. We’re all excited to see the eye-catching red carpet outfits and watch some of our favorite performers take the stage, but we’re even more excited to find out which films were deemed the best of 2017 by the voting members of the Academy. Nominees for all 24 Oscar categories were announced on January 23, and movie fanatics everywhere have been talking about which movies they think will take home Academy Awards ever since. We won’t know anything for sure until the show takes place on Sunday, March 4th at 5:00 p.m. PST, but that doesn’t stop experts from making their best predictions. Here are the official nominees in the Big Five Academy Award categories, along with the most common predictions of who will win:

Best Picture

  • “Call Me by Your Name”
  • “Darkest Hour”
  • “Dunkirk”
  • “Get Out”
  • “Lady Bird”
  • “Phantom Thread”
  • “The Post”
  • “The Shape of Water”
  • “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Prediction: “The Shape of Water”

Best Lead Actor

  • Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
  • Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
  • Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
  • Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Prediction: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Best Lead Actress

  • Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
  • Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
  • Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
  • Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
  • Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Prediction: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Director

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”

Prediction: Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

Best Original Screenplay

Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani, “The Big Sick”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Prediction: “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

While we found that most experts and film critics predicted these nominees to win, we can see any one of the nominations taking home an Academy Award. If there’s one thing we do know for sure, it’s that the 90th Academy Awards ceremony will be another one for the books!

The vSculpt May Help Women With Stress Incontinence

female-incontinenceAs we enter into the new year, doctors and medical researchers are discovering more and more ways to treat and relieve stress incontinence in both men and women. In their research, they noticed that stress incontinence and forms of sexual dysfunction are quite common in many women and even–on occasion–go hand in hand with one another. However, in the past few years, doctors have discovered a plethora of ways to treat both of these common afflictions, allowing women to find the reprieve they so desperately need and, ultimately, improving their overall quality of life.

A Common Occurrence In Women

Currently, 40% of women will experience some form of urinary incontinence at one point in their life, with the most common form being stress incontinence. Leaks from stress incontinence typically occur from coughing, sneezing, or from different forms of exercise or for many women, after childbirth.

As women age, urinary leakage tends to get worse, especially after menopause. To correct this troublesome issue, many doctors tend to recommend two different forms of treatment; conservative treatment such as lifestyle changes, weight loss, or medication, pelvic floor exercises or a more intense treatment course such as surgery.

Although pelvic floor exercises yield the highest results, it requires the training and monitoring of a physician or physical therapist to ensure that the patient is executing them properly. However, in light of the high demands of the NHS, many physiotherapists are overworked and boast long waiting lists and follow-up lists, which proves to be a problem for patients who desperately need help in controlling their urinary incontinence problems.

The vSculpt May Help

Due to the sheer number of women that deal with the issue, there have been recent  developments of medical devices that assist women with incontinence, with the latest device being the vSculpt.

The vSculpt is a device that’s inserted vaginally and uses multi-modal technology to improve the strength of a woman’s pelvic floor muscles. To do this, the vSculpt uses a combination of light therapy, heat, and therapeutic vibration. This combination works to restore both the tissue and the muscle of the pelvic floor and promotes better control over leaks and natural lubrication; both of which can help to improve not only urinary incontinence, but minor forms of sexual dysfunction as well.

To support this claim, the International Urogynecology Journal published a study that was conducted by doctors of Seattle, Washington. This study evaluated the patients who used the vSculpt for 45 days, 55 women total. At the end of the study, researchers examined the results by using a 1-hour pad weight test, pelvic floor muscle strength test, and a series of questionnaires that looked into the patient’s quality of life–with a concentration in stress incontinence and sexual function issues. Their studies yield significantly high results and showed that with this new device, women actually saw a vast improvement in both their urinary incontinence and sexual function problems, significantly improving their overall quality of life.

With these results, more and more doctors around the country are recommending the vSculpt as a minimally invasive treatment for urinary incontinence.

vSculpt is not available yet in the U.S, but you can learn more information about it here.

Five Date Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and planning a romantic evening for you and your significant other can seem harder as the years go by. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to plan an elaborate, expensive Valentine’s Day date to show someone you truly care about them. Here are five thoughtful ways to make a big impression this Valentine’s Day (and for a small cost)!

  1. Dinner and a Movie

This one may sound cliché, but there’s a reason that dinner and a movie is the go-to Valentine’s Day date. Make a reservation at your partner’s favorite restaurant and buy tickets to that movie you’ve heard everyone talking about. You can chat and catch up over dinner, and you’ll always share romantic memories from the movie you saw together.

  1. Movie Marathon

An at-home movie marathon is one of the best ways to have a great Valentine’s Day with very few expenses. Whether you spend the evening watching romantic chick flicks or nerve-racking action films, a movie marathon is really about putting aside the time to have a relaxing, stress-free day with your partner. Try going off the grid by turning off cell phones and computers; you’ll appreciate the uninterrupted time together!

  1. Cook Together

Whether you love cooking or hate it, you’ll find that making and enjoying a delicious meal with your partner can be one of the most satisfying and romantic things to do. Find a unique recipe you’ve never tried before, and head to the grocery store to get everything you need. Don’t forget: Shopping together for ingredients is a part of the experience, too! Cooking doesn’t feel like a chore when you’re doing it with someone you love, and you might just surprise yourselves by how good dinner turns out!

  1. Take a Day Trip

Every couple has a list of destinations they’ve always talked about visiting together. Show your significant other your spontaneous side and plan a day trip to one of these destinations. If you’re within a couple hours from the beach or the mountains, both destinations make great day trips! Wherever you choose to visit, set aside an entire day for your trip. Perhaps the biggest perk of a day trip? It’ll feel like you’re on vacation, but you still get to sleep in your own bed at the end of the day!

  1. Go to a Show

Treat yourself to some live entertainment! Pick a comedy act, concert or whatever captures your interest. Wherever you’re located, there are always couple’s events going on around Valentine’s Day. Going to a show is a unique experience and a great alternative for a couple who is bored by the typical movie date night. Surprising your partner with tickets to an event they’d love is a great way to show how well you know their interests.

Regardless of which Valentine’s Day activities you decide to plan, we hope you have a great holiday with your special someone! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Wearever Announces ‘Caregivers’ 2017 Scholarship Winner

Incontinence Underwear and Products Supplier Awards $1,000 to University of Arizona Student

DURHAM, North Carolina – Feb. 5, 2018 – Wearever, an incontinence undergarment and health and wellness apparel company, congratulates Christopher Mercado on winning the Wearever ‘Caregivers’ 2017 Scholarship. Mercado is currently attending the University of Arizona, and received the $1,000 scholarship from Wearever to help with future studies.

Wearever is committed to providing ambitious students the opportunity to focus on his or her studies and reduce worry about the cost of books and tuition. The Wearever ‘Caregivers’ Scholarship was open to graduating high school seniors and any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited U.S. college, university or institute.

Each applicant was required to submit an essay describing his or her experience with caring for a relative or friend with limitations, disabilities or hospitalization. Applicants were also encouraged to give advice for caregivers going through similar situations.

“At Wearever, we believe in the power of education, and we’re thrilled to support students through this scholarship,” said Bob Deerin, founder and CEO of Wearever. “We believe scholarships have the ability to motivate ambitious students to pursue their dreams while worrying less about tuition and other school-related expenses.”

For more information about the Wearever ‘Caregivers’ Scholarship, please visit www.weareverincontinence.com/scholarship. More information on Wearever and its incontinence products can be found on the website and on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to stay up to date on the latest Wearever news and offerings.

About Wearever
The Wearever® brand offers comfortable, quality, affordable and stylish apparel solutions for everyday health and wellness concerns. The men’s and women’s underwear line of washable, reusable urinary incontinence panties and briefs is especially beneficial for active individuals who want to continue their normal lifestyles without worry or emotional stress resulting from urinary incontinence. Additionally, Wearever offers incontinence bedding products as well as Buster Brown® socks. Wearever is produced and distributed by Prime Life Fibers®, a Durham, North Carolina-based apparel company founded in 2002 by Bob Deerin. To learn more, visit www.WeareverIncontinence.com.

New Incontinence Drug May Improve Sleep Quality

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In recent news, researchers at the University of California-San Francisco discovered a new drug that could inhibit the occurrence of urinary incontinence in women while greatly improving their quality of sleep. Those who suffer from urinary incontinence understand that this is an affliction that ceases to subside, no matter the time of day. Even in the deepest of sleep, episodes of incontinence can occur. Due to this, maintaining a regimented sleep cycle proves to be very difficult. Now, with the discovery of the new drug, fesoterodine, women who have incontinence will be able to rest easy at night knowing that their incontinence is being treated.

Putting Incontinence to Rest

Incontinence is a very common issue for women; especially those who have suffered frequent bladder infections, have given birth, are menopausal, or have a weakened bladder due to old age.

Due to its uncontrollable nature, many women’s sleep patterns are disrupted and their quality of life is greatly reduced. Leslee Subak, MD, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology states, “Two of the biggest quality-of-life factors for older women are poor sleep quality and incontinence, and the older you get, the more prevalent both conditions are, and they do seem to be correlated. And so, if we can find a drug to treat one and effectively decrease the other, too, that could be big for improving quality of life.” Luckily, with the determination from scientists and doctors from UCSF, that treatment has been made possible.

Back in 2012, researchers at the University of California-San Francisco conducted a study that looked into the effects a certain drug had on reducing the episodes of incontinence. Since incontinence is 5-10 times more common in women than men, researchers decided to revolve the study around women with incontinence. In their research, they discovered that the drug, fesoterodine, decreased the number of incontinence accidents while reducing the number of time participants woke up in the middle of the night to urinate. Fesoterodine is an antimuscarinic which helps to control accidental urination by blocking the receptors in the bladder.

Killing Two Birds With One Stone

Since fesoterodine proved to be efficient in preventing incidences of incontinence, researchers wanted to take it a step further and determine if it had beneficial effects for sleeping. To produce accurate results, researchers had their participants take part in a sleep evaluation, first–the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index is a self-reported evaluation that measures sleep duration, daytime sleepiness, the amount of time it takes for an individual to fall asleep at night, as well as 4 other sleep factors. Each category is scaled from 0 to 3 and totaled together at the end. Typically, the higher the score, the poorer the sleep quality–ranging from a score of 5 or more. In their study, they found that 57% of their participants recorded poor sleeping habits with an average score of 6.4. However, the women who were taking fesoterodine each night reported that slept much more soundly; only waking up to urinate once per night, if at all.

Since incontinence affects 25% of women who are in their 20’s and 30’s, 50% of women who are menopausal, and 80% of women who are 80 and up, the newly discovered medicinal effects fesoterodine has on sleep patterns and incontinence is truly groundbreaking. Not only will this new course of treatment help to soothe incontinence in women while bettering their sleep patterns, it will greatly increase their overall quality of life.