UPDATED November 18, 2013
Urinary Incontinence is the term used when an individual is unable to control one’s bladder. However, urinary incontinence can occur in several forms. There are three primary types of urinary incontinence: stress incontinence, urge incontinence, and overflow incontinence. Below we discuss each type of incontinence in detail.
Stress Incontinence: Stress incontinence is the most common type of incontinence experienced by women. It is caused by weakened pelvic muscles, which are unable to properly hold in urine. Pelvic weakness can be caused by a variety of different occurrences including: childbirth, pelvic surgery, injury to the urethra, and certain medications. Stress incontinence is also a common side effect experienced by women during menopause. Certain actions such as sneezing, exercising, laughing, or coughing can put pressure on the walls of the bladder, ultimately causing it to leak. As many women get older, pelvic muscles naturally weaken, enhancing the probability of stress incontinence. Incontinence panties are a stylish and comfortable solution for women coping with stress incontinence. Continue reading
At Prime Life Fibers take pride in being one of the few companies providing eco-friendly, reusable, incontinence underwear. With Earth Day around the corner (April 22nd) we wanted to take the opportunity to pass along a few facts about the damage disposable incontinence products are doing to our planet:
- The average wearer of disposable diapers goes through 3-4 diapers per day. That’s approximately 1100-1500 diapers per person a year! While this may seem like an insignificant number, there are over 25 million Americans living with incontinence. Thus, the number of diapers being added to landfills every year is in the BILLIONS.
- A disposable diaper takes between 250-500 years to decompose
- Don’t be deceived by the words “bio-degradable”! According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board, not even biodegradable diapers break down in a landfill. Landfills are not composting facilities and biodegradable diapers do not degrade well in landfills. Continue reading
Assisting with a loved one’s incontinence has many considerations. First, address any medical issues that might be contributing to the incontinence. Then, be prepared to help the loved one through daily activities while maintaining their dignity and offering them cleanliness. Incontinence affects about one in every 13 adults, and there are more treatments and products available to deal with the issues than ever before.
Talk to Their Doctor
Many different medical conditions can lead to urinary incontinence. When the symptoms appear, see a doctor to determine the cause and possible treatments. Some doctors offer prescriptions that are helpful to many patients. Studies show that pelvic floor exercises can relieve symptoms of others. In rare cases, the doctor may recommend surgery. Usually, the only treatment needed is a change in dietary habits. Continue reading