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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.

Many Young Female Athletes Experience Incontinence

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Many believe that incontinence is something that only elderly men and women deal with but in fact, incontinence affects people of all ages. In many cases, there are women who have given birth before who have incontinence, and even athletes–who don’t have children–suffer from it, too. It’s quite remarkable how diverse of a population incontinence affects.

Incontinence Among Female Athletes

In a recent study published in PubMed.gov, doctors found that more than one-quarter of collegiate female athletes–who do not have children–experience a form of incontinence while taking part in physical activity. Specifically, basketball players and gymnasts have shown to suffer the most from this ailment with 67% and 66%. Least affected were women who played softball, golf, volleyball, and swim.

In a different study, researchers found that 35% of female Olympic track and field athletes experienced leakage episodes during their competitions. Additionally, another study confirmed that out of 372 female Portuguese athletes, 30% showed signs of urinary incontinence.

Treating Athletes With Incontinence Is Different

The treatment for incontinence within athletes is not the same, and that’s where many are having issues. Many physicians will assign a treatment plan that is tailored towards  women who suffer from incontinence postpartum and this is a huge mistake.

The main cause of incontinence in new mothers is due to a weakened pelvic floor and the best way to build up that strength in through the continued practice of kegels. However, kegels are NOT recommended to be performed by athletes. Isa Herrera, a physical therapist and strength conditioning coach states, “For them, kegels can be the worst thing to do since it puts more pressure on an already disproportionately strained system” (Source).

The real problem comes down to their workout routine; in many athletes, the focus of their workout is to build a strong core (rock solid abs), but when this happens, many tend to neglect the internal muscle groups that surround it. Herrera claims that she sees this type of problem in athletes who tend to participate in a substantial amount of core and glute workouts, cycling, and P90X. Luckily, there are other forms of treatment that can be issued to female athletes who suffer from incontinence that does not involve the performance of kegels.

Tips For Female Athletes With Incontinence

If you are a female athlete that suffers from episodes of incontinence but are unsure of your next steps, here are a few tips to follow:

    1. Talk to someone: If you suffer from incontinence, there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed about; you are not alone. The most important thing at this point is to not brush it off as something insignificant. The longer you put it off, the worse it can potentially get. Speak up to a coach or a doctor and they can lead you to your next step.
  • You won’t have to cease exercise: A major concern in women with incontinence is that if they admit to this problem, they may have to discontinue their daily workouts until they are healed. That is a very common misconception and a mistake that many women make. You will not have to stop working out, but you may have to tweak your routine a bit. Doctors and physician recommend exercises that will help to stabilize the pelvic region. For example, using a vaginal weight while running or taking part in yoga.
  • Find the right doctor for you: For athletes, it’s paramount to find a doctor that specializes in the pelvic floor region as well as sports medicine for the best treatment results. You’ll find that many physicians will recommend that you practice a form of exercise called ‘lean and breath’. Basically, practicing leaning forward while running; this will improve the range of motion in your legs while relaxing the abdomen. At the same time, practice inhaling and expanding with your stomach instead of sucking it in. This will reduce any downward pressure that is being placed on your pelvic region

By using these tips to your advantage and talking to the right doctor, you will be able to manage and treat your incontinence while participating in your athletic activities.  

At Wearever Incontinence, we provide incontinence briefs, incontinence panties, and reusable bed pads that you can depend on for protection.

Low Testosterone in Women has its Consequences

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Incontinence in Women May Be Linked To Low Testosterone Levels

Incontinence affects millions of American women and can be a difficult thing to grasp for many.

Did you know that incontinence in women may actually be linked to low testosterone levels? When we hear the phrase ‘low testosterone’, our minds tend to lean toward males but women have testosterone as well that is vital to the regular functioning of the body. Low testosterone levels in women can have adverse effects on the body, aside from incontinence such as low energy, increased urine leakage, and fluctuating hormone levels.

In a study that was conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey that consisted of 2123 females, it was discovered that women in the lowest quartile of testosterone level had 48% increased odds of stress incontinence and 65% increased odds of mixed incontinence compared with women not in the lowest quartile (Source).

Testosterone In Women Is Normal

Women require a small amount of testosterone in order for their bodily functions to work smoothly and at a normal rate. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, normal testosterone measurements range from 15 to 70 ng/dL (Source). When this number is lower, the side effects of incontinence and other medical issues become more apparent.

The Effects of Low Testosterone in Women

Beginning in the mid 40’s, women’s testosterone levels naturally begin to decline and is usually nothing to worry about. Levels of testosterone that are too low, though, can result in more serious medical conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), heart complications, and breast cancer. Urinary incontinence during menopause and thereafter is a concern of many in this age group.

Women with lower levels of testosterone also tend to suffer from health issues such as:

• Varied hormone levels
• Reduced energy levels
• Lowered sex drive
• Compromised bone health
• Lowered pain tolerance

Normal testosterone levels in women aid in:

• Relief of menopausal symptoms
• A Higher libido
• Prevention of breast cancer
• Prevention of heart disease

The best way to address and establish low estrogen and/or testosterone levels is to visit your doctor who will give you a proper diagnosis. Through blood tests and various examinations, estrogen and testosterone levels can be better managed and remedied.

Wearever’s Quality Incontinence Products

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Customer Review Of Our Smooth and Silky Seamless Incontinence Panties

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Urinary incontinence is extremely common in women after they give birth. However, worrying about an accident is the last thing that a new mom needs on her plate. Our panties provide comfort to mothers, so they can ditch the fear and get back to caring for their little ones!

Tiffany Frelo from RealTalkforRealWomen recently tried out our Smooth & Silky Seamless Full-Cut Incontinence Panties for the first time and shared her thoughts about the product on her blog:

“I really like these underwear. After having my daughter any cough, sneeze or laugh, and I pee my pants a little bit. These help to keep that moisture and don’t leave an odor. It’s like having a built-in panty liner. And they are smooth, silky and seamless. [They are] definitely something ever mommy needs in her underwear drawer.”

Thank you for sharing your opinion, Tiffany! We always appreciate hearing how our products can help people feel more comfortable and confident in all they do! To read her full blog post, click here.

Staying Fit May Help Reduce the Risk of Incontinence in Women

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What if you could take precautionary measures that would reduce your risk of incontinence and better manage it? Women generally have weaker pelvic muscles than males which means they are more susceptible to dealing with incontinence. Through working out and staying fit, women can discover that as their muscles strengthen, so does the reduction of incontinence issues.

The Study

In a recent study conducted, almost 1,500 elderly females who suffered from stress or urge incontinence were surveyed. The results of the three-year long study concluded that women who kept their weight down and partook in muscle-strengthening exercises experienced lower amounts of incontinence incidents (Source). Whether it is yoga, pilates, light jogging, or swimming, staying fit and working your pelvic muscles lessens the chance of incontinence issues. As women work these muscles out, they are strengthening the muscles around the urethra and bladder, making it less likely for unexpected urine to pass through.

Managing Your Weight Helps

Having an overactive bladder is a common issue that many women face. Through taking your weight and active lifestyle into your own hands, you can better manage the side effects of incontinence.

Studies have proven that managing BMI (Body Mass Index) and keeping those numbers in check, is inherently beneficial to managing incontinence. The unnecessary weight that is put on the pelvic muscles adds additional pressure to the area. In turn, the chance of incontinence is heightened, and leakage is more likely to incur. “By reducing weight and abdominal fat there is less pressure on the bladder resulting in less stress urinary incontinence,” said Dr. Cindy Amundsen of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. “Better muscle strength may be associated with higher pelvic floor muscle strength and function, decreasing the susceptibility to urine leakage” (Source).

Daily urinary incontinence affects nearly 12 percent of women ages 60-64 in America: that is significant. By making some lifestyle alterations, women can better manage their incontinence. Walking more, eating less, and breathing in the fresh air are all easy, simple, and enjoyable ways to control leakage. Urinary incontinence is a widespread grievance among many women and through keeping your BMI and health in check, you can better manage this issue. Beneficial alterations in one’s body composition will keep you living a long and prosperous life.

Wearever Incontinence Products Help With the Unexpected

Even when you are trying your best in preventing urine accidents, leakage may still occur unexpectedly. Wearever incontinence panties provide protection that you can always rely on in. Wearever incontinence bed pads also work effectively in preventing any accidents while you sleep from ruining your bed.

Customer Review Of Our Smooth & Silky Seamless Incontinence Panties

incontinence pantiesA huge thank you to Shalida Quinn for her wonderful review of our Smooth & Silky Seamless Incontinence Panties.

Shalida Quinn suffers sacral agenesis ( a birth defect that makes her unable to walk). Shalida always had bladder issues since she was a child and tried various solutions with little to no help. As a grown woman, Shalida

It is safe to say that Shalida is a fan of our incontinence panties she said that “They feel like normal panties and it’s great for women to have something that makes them feel confident and comfortable. ”

You can read her full blog post at the following link: https://sathewriter.com/2016/08/04/wearever-incontinence-pantiesreview/.

Botox Is Helping Women With Incontinence

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Female incontinence occurs when muscles around the bladder are weak, which is why doctors recommend that kegel exercises be done to strengthen the base of one’s core in order to have better control of one’s muscles. Another method that has achieved success is neural stimulation – a process by which one’s neural network is stimulated in order to increase the activity around the bladder and kidneys, giving those who suffer from the condition better control of the area.

But a new treatment, botox, may actually be better than neural stimulation. The results found in a study by Dr. Cindy Amundsen of Duke University, published on October 4th, may provide an alternative course of treatment to women suffering from incontinence. The treatment is not without its side effects, however, but its beneficent promises – as well as the findings of the study – are explored in greater detail here.

The Population Studied

The study took place between February 2012 to January 2015. It involved 381 women at 9 medical centers in the United States. These women were recorded to have at least six urgency incontinence episodes over three consecutive days; they were in this study because other lesser treatments (like reducing water and coffee intake, doing kegel exercises, etc.) had not helped. Participants were randomly assigned to receive either sacral neuromodulation or a 200 unit injection of onabotulinumtoxinA (botox). 189 received the former while 192 received the latter. The average age of each participant was 63 years.

The Results

This landmark study served as the first randomized trial comparing the effectiveness of two FDA approved methods for female incontinence; the first being nerve stimulation – which must be done with surgery, and the second being botox – which is less invasive and can be done with injections.

“What we have learned from the study is the treatments are both good and it will just help inform physicians and patients who are trying to make a decision between these two therapies,” Amundsen said in an interview with NBC. Both treatments proved to be statistically significant and both helped women overcome the symptoms associated with urinary incontinence.

Female incontinence, which affects between 25 to 45 percent of all women is one of the most common conditions worldwide. However, the embarrassment caused by this issue leads many women to under report their symptoms and conditions to their doctor. Interestingly, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, which is part of the National Institute of Health, remarked that women experience urinary incontinence twice as often as men (Source). The reasons are many, including pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, as well as the anatomical layout of a woman’s female urinary tract.

A DIfferent Kind Of Botox Treatment

So what does this mean for women that may want to get botox? How does the treatment work exactly – does one go in for a face, chin and neck touch-up and come out of the doctor’s office with lessened urinary incontinence urges? Not exactly.

Side Effects

Dr. Amundsen explains that the botox treatment is not superior to the nerve stimulator, otherwise known as InterStim, rather the two methods both provide beneficent effects and come with their own side effects. It will be up to the individual and their doctor to choose which treatment is right for them.
Although botox appeared to work slightly better than the InterStim, women given botox had a greater risk of urinary tract infections. Botox did increase the risk of UTIs and need for self catheterizations. Botox patients had a risk of UTI of 35 percent, compared to 11 percent when compared to the InterStim.

Cost

Readers may be wondering as to the cost of these two procedures, however, the study didn’t compare the cost of the treatments. Luckily they are both covered by insurance, including Medicare.

For a low cost solution that is less invasive, women should consider incontinence panties. Incontinence panties, unlike disposables last up to 200 washes. Alternating between two pairs can keep you dry for a year – without having to look bulky in adult underwear or diapers.

Conclusion

For women that desire less intrusive incontinence solutions, we recommend opting for our incontinence panties and incontinence bed pads. The researchers of the Duke University study will need to follow their 381 participants for two more years in order to obtain exact data on which solution is most cost effective, however, we here at Wearever already have the data in! If you’re looking for ways to manage your urinary incontinence, you can’t find a lower-prices product than Wearever brand incontinence underwear.

 

Stress Incontinence Affects A Large Number of Women

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Stress incontinence is something that many women all over the globe, both young and old suffer from or are susceptible to. Did you know that more than half of women in America who are over the age of 50 suffer from accidental urine leakage? These women tend to be embarrassed and ashamed of their disorder, being afraid to leave their house in case an accident happens while they are out. Luckily, there is a non-surgical cure for stress incontinence sufferers through the use of female incontinence products.

What is Stress Incontinence?

Stress incontinence is a manageable condition where urine leakage occurs when the sufferer coughs, sneezes, or laughs due to added abdominal pressure coupled with weak bladder muscles. Although it is rarely discussed, female incontinence is much more prominent than people assume it to be. It can severely affect a women’s quality of life as she feels she is restricted in activities that were once enjoyed such as exercise, sex, and partaking in social get-togethers,

Although men suffer from incontinence issues as well, women are twice as likely to have this bladder condition due to weakened muscles as a result of:

  • Having gone through childbirth
  • Going through or have gone through menopause
  • Are overweight
  • Low estrogen levels
  • Have had pelvic surgery in the past
  • Are enduring pregnancy

Stress incontinence goes widely unmanaged for the simple fact that women are embarrassed by it. Through various medical examinations, stress incontinence can be easily diagnosed and then managed. Your health care provider will perform various exams on you in order to properly diagnose you, such as:

  • Cystoscopy to look inside the bladder
  • Pad weight test
  • Pelvic and/or abdominal ultrasound
  • X-rays to look at kidneys and bladder

Quality Female Incontinence Products To The Rescue

Thankfully for women, there are incontinence panties available on the market which help to relieve the embarrassment associated with accidental and unwanted urine leakage. Our incontinence panties are uniquely engineered to collect and absorb urine leakage through a thin absorbent pad built into the panties themselves. These undergarments are no thicker than average cotton panties and boast all sorts of beneficial features for incontinence sufferers such as:

  1. Absorbent: Are suitable for light to heavy incontinence
  2. Easy to care for: are reusable and machine washable
  3. They look like regular panties and comine the same sizes
  4. Are economical, being able to be worn up to 300 times

Wearever incontinence panties provide daytime protection against urinary leakage, providing women with peace of mind that their leak won’t seep through or show on their clothes. The panties boast a permeable top layer which is designed to pull moisture under the top layer into the lower absorbent layer thus away from your skin keeping you dry. 

Exercises Help With Stress Incontinence

Along with using  incontinence panties, women can better the symptoms of stress incontinence through partaking in a variety of daily exercises and training in order to strengthen the muscles around the bladder. Some pelvic floor muscle training that can be done in the comfort of your own home are:

  • Kegel exercises: keeps the muscle around the urethra strong
  • Pelvic floor therapy
  • Yoga and Pilates to strengthen abdominal muscles
  • Women who are pregnant and prone to stress incontinence should partake in kegel exercises during pregnancy

Through strengthening and targeting these muscles, you can reduce and even prevent leakage issues associated with incontinence. Remember that bettering incontinence takes time and patience and with the proper absorbent undergarments in conjunction with daily muscle exercises, symptoms will lessen dramatically

Feel More Confident with Wearever Incontinence Underwear

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Big thanks to Melissa from Missy’s Product Reviews for her review of our Wearever Women’s Floral Fancy Incontinence Panties. We love the statistics about incontinence she provides and how Wearever products provide comfort and peace while she enjoys life.

“Over 25 million adults in the USA suffer from urinary incontinence and 80% are women which are why I wanted to introduce you to Wearever Incontinence. I also suffer from it but mostly when I sneeze or a cough but it is annoying to have to change my underwear multiple times a day as I just could not hold it and had an accident. There are times it is not easy to be able to change your underwear as you are at work or out shopping. Wearever makes men briefs and women’s panties that are washable over 200 times and not like wearing a diaper they are real underwear. I got the Floral Nylon Panties which offer an enhanced style and fashion with the same comfort and reliability you’ve grown to love over the years.

I found these fit me no problem and I had more confidence wearing these as I went to work or shopping as I was not afraid, embarrassed or paranoid I might leak. The layer of absorbance worked out just fine for me. They washed in my washer just fine and air dried them so they will not shrink as well.”

Visit the following link to read Melissa’s full review: http://www.missysproductreviews.com/2016/03/wearever-floral-fancy-incontinence.html.

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.