Category Archives: Incontinence

5 Tips for Traveling with Incontinence

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The holidays rank among the most common days for traveling, whether by car or plane. Don’t let incontinence keep you at home or interfere with your travel plans this year.

Here are five tips to help you travel comfortably with incontinence:

  1. Plan bathroom breaks

If you’re driving to your destination, look at the route and find bathroom stops along the way. If you’re flying, find the nearest bathroom by your seats ahead of time online or once you board.

  1. Eat and drink accordingly.

Avoid drinking caffeinated or sugary drinks, since those can irritate incontinence symptoms. Drink water in moderation and try to maintain your normal diet as much as possible.

  1. Pack accordingly.

Bring along incontinence supplies, such as bed pads or incontinence underwear. Be sure to pack a few extra pair of clothes too, just in case of accidents.

  1. Ask for help.

If you are traveling with family or friends and you feel comfortable, tell them about your incontinence. They can help you navigate public restrooms and when to stop. And, if you feel nervous about security checks during travel due to incontinence or your supplies, you can request a private security screening.

  1. Enjoy!

Remember this is a holiday trip to see family or friends, so try to enjoy yourself and your company as much as you can!

Checkout our incontinence panties, incontinence briefs, and reusable bed pads that can help you travel and live life without worries.

Sleep Soundly With Wearever Bed Pads

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Besides feeling more alert and refreshed, sleeping soundly through the night has numerous other health benefits, such as improved memory, increased creativity and a strong immune system. Sarah from Sarah’s Honest Opinion shares how our bed pad helps her son sleep well and keeps her furniture clean.

“Night time [bed] wetting can be a real pain. Whether it’s a child, or an adult, accidents can and will happen. The best thing you can do, is be prepared.

I’m a mom…working on night time potty training with my youngest.

Our saving grace has been our Wearever bed pad. We have other pads, but they just don’t seem to hold liquid…Even small accidents leak right through! Wearever bed pads are heavy duty, and extremely absorbent. Plus, they have an amazing waterproof liner, that keeps furniture and fabrics completely dry!

They’re super durable, and reusable. Yes…reusable! Just wash and dry them with your bedding for long lasting lifetime use. You can sleep easy knowing that your furniture is protected by these amazing, cost-effective, absorbent bed pads.

Wearever bed pads are an absolute must have for night time toilet training and incontinence!”

Thanks to Sarah from Sarah’s Honest Opinion for sharing her great review! You can read her full review here.

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!

10 Apps for Caregivers and Incontinence Support

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In 2015, Pew Research Center released survey results showing that 68 percent of U.S. adults now own a smartphone and about 45 percent now own some form of tablet. With the growing number of smartphone users, there are now apps available for those with incontinence and caregivers as well. Check out the top 10 apps we found below:

  1. GreatCall Link: The app provides caregivers with peace of mind during their day to day lives. A caregiver can monitor a loved ones leaving and arriving home, as well as viewing a list of their daily activities to ensure they are doing well. In the case of an emergency, the caregiver is notified of the date, time and type of help provided.
  1. Bladder Diary: Users can track their fluid intake and urine output, which can assist in conversation with medical professions to better understand their level of incontinence and track treatment success.
  1. Sit or Squat: Users can find the nearest public restroom anywhere in the U.S.
  1. Kegel Kat: Reminds users to practice kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
  1. Kegel Trainer: Provides easy to follow Kegel exercises and daily reminders for men and women to strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
  1. Waterin: This app provides reminders to drink more water throughout the day. Users can set personal water consumption goals and track their intake.
  1. Water Your Body: Users can program their personal information and determine how much water they need to drink on a daily basis, then they can track their intake.
  1. SparkRecipes: This app provides 500,000 recipes with the ability to search recipes to help meet specific dietary restrictions or preferences.
  1. HealthyOut: Eating out with dietary restrictions can be challenging, but this app helps you find and order at healthy restaurants anywhere in the U.S.
  1. CareZone: A free app for users that features a profile to log information about your loved one. You can invite other friends and family members to join as “helpers” to keep everyone on the same page. It also assists with medication management by tracking type, dosage, pharmacy and more.

Have you used your smartphone or tablet to help with your incontinence symptoms or to care for a loved one? We’d love to hear from you!

Incontinence Supplies That Help You Get Your Life Back

How Incontinence Can Affect Daily Life

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Urinary incontinence, commonly referred to as UI,  is something that is a daily inconvenience and a constant struggle for those who have it. With the appropriate incontinence supplies, involuntary leakage of urine can be managed and dealt with. The unwanted annoyance of urine leakage can severely affect the social lives of those who suffer from it which in turn can lead to self-confidence issues along with a feeling of hopelessness.

Urinary Incontinence Causes Disturbances in Lifestyle

Urinary incontinence (UI) is a bladder control issue that:

  •  Happens to nearly one in four women world-wide
  • Affects a figured 15 million adult females in the United States
  • Affects nearly 25 million Americans and over 200 million individuals globally
  •  Is the result of an overactive bladder and is most prevalent in women who have had children, are pregnant, or are menopausal which explains why there are more female sufferers than male ones

Although urinary incontinence is non-life threatening and is by no means an indication that you are unhealthy, it is still an inconvenience that has emotional side effects resulting in a lack of quality of life. For those who once enjoyed exercise and daily work-outs may find themselves no longer able to enjoy these activities due to urine leakage when pressure and stress is applied to the abdominal area. As a result, sufferers tend to me less active and less social for the simple fact that they fear leakage may occur

Urinary Incontinence and Self Esteem Issues

Self-image along with confidence and happiness is compromised when you can no longer enjoy activities that you once previously enjoyed partaking in such as exercises that put added pressure on your abs. Those who are affected may be embarrassed when an accident happens due to urine stains and a fear that people around them may smell an odor. This can result in social isolation, being afraid that those around you may notice or make commentary.

Incontinence can also severely affect:

– Sleeping cycles which can make you feel exhausted come morning time, leaving you with limited energy to enjoy your day

–  Has the power to limit your ability to do activities leaving you feeling stray and alone

– Your wardrobe: you may feel confined to certain outfits thus limiting clothing options

The Wearever Line of Incontinence Supplies

At Wearever, we are happy to bring our customers quality products that will help with incontinence in a simple non surgical fashion.

Our line of incontinence products include:

Incontinence Briefs

  • Our line of incontinence briefs for men boast superior permeable and protective layers that aid in absorbing leaks. They come in various fits and styles along with sewn-in Unique-Dri pads and odor-eliminating so that you can feel fresh, clean and dry all day long. They are also an investment into your quality of life in that leakage as a result of exercise, coughing, laughing or sneezing will no longer be a worry in the back of your mind.

Incontinence Panties

  • Wearever incontinence panties for women are designed to give you your freedom, confidence, and quality of life back. They are completely discreet, having the thinness and fit of a standard panty but having the absorption of a pad. These undergarments feature sewn-in Unique-Dri pads which trap in liquid leaks where they are absorbed and instantly treated with odor eliminating antimicrobial fibers. Best of all, these panties are durable, lasting for up to 250 washes before having to be discarded making them a lucrative and economical investment both money-wise and well-being wise.

Incontinence Bed Pads

  • Incontinence bed pads are another beneficial product designed for sufferers. These bed pads are manufactured with absorbent materials in conjunction with a waterproof liner, allowing your mattress and/or furniture to stay dry when a leak occurs. Our bed pads are entirely washable and reusable making them a very economical option for those with incontinence problems. Each model is designed to bear leaks and prevent wetness from seeping through.

 

Wearever Adult Incontinence Products Can Improve Quality Of Life

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Shame. Shame. Shame. Well… not anymore.

The thing you need to realize about urinary incontinence is that it’s a hidden condition. This is both good and bad. It’s good in that you are not the only person in this world suffering from bladder issues; other people have it too. But it’s bad because no one talks about it.  And so you feel like you are the only person in the world with an incontinence condition.

Since most people with this condition would want as little people as possible to know that they have it, they keep it secret. Technology has allowed adult incontinence products to become so thin, so discrete, that you won’t even notice when your friends are wearing them. So what ends up happening is two people, both belonging to the same social group, ashamed to admit their hidden condition, do not know that the other is suffering from incontinence!

Quality Male & Female Incontinence Products

Today, male and female incontinence products have empowered people to live better lives. One need no longer feel embarrassment when going outside because the absorbent material can keep you dry all day. If you do have a leakage accident it will not be noticed by the people around you. When exerting yourself by exercising, dancing or laughing you no longer need to fear that your “secret” will be discovered. That’s how good these products have become. You’re able to wear them all day, in full confidence that your condition will not give you away.

Decades ago, individuals wearing adult incontinence products stuck out like a sore thumb. Disposable diapers and other products would bunch up and cluster around the waist. Even the most untrained eye could pick up on the fact that you had a noticeable bulk around your pants or knickers. Moreover, the female and male incontinence products of yesteryear did not have odor absorption materials…so if you had an accident on a crowded bus, the smell would make it known, and people would turn to you.

But perhaps it being a simpler time, this allowed for more interaction. If a group of seniors, for example, saw that one of their friends looked to be wearing incontinence wear, they might have been more motivated to open up about their own incontinence issues. So the fact that one could easily be spotted wearing incontinence products might one not feel so alone. But this is a farfetched idea.

Incontinence Awareness

What we need as a society is more dialogue and awareness around the issues surrounding bladder incontinence. The emotional burden of dealing with incontinence does not have to be carried alone. Nor do we need to go backwards in technology in order to feel closer to our peers. Urinary incontinence affects millions of people in the United States. A 2007 study done in the U.S. reported a cost-of-illness of $66 billion dollars (Source).

There’s no need to feel shame. Because chances are your neighbor, or best friend, or family member could be worried by incontinence issues too. Wearever attempts to bring such discussion to the forefront of society by providing resources on our blog and encouraging an open dialogue.

Wearever incontinence briefs, incontinence panties, and incontinence bed pads provide sturdy protection that you can rely on.

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.

Incontinence-Friendly Recipe: Chicken and Strawberry Salad

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Spring temperatures mean new fresh produce is hitting the stands! We’re excited to dig into this refreshing salad from MyRecipes.com. It’s perfect for lunch and hearty enough to serve as weekday dinner.

It also has the added benefit of avoiding common ingredients that can aggravate urinary incontinence. We hope you enjoy this crisp salad and the beautiful spring weather!

Ingredients:

Dressing:

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon water

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salad:

4 cups torn romaine lettuce

4 cups arugula

2 cups quartered strawberries

1/3 cup vertically sliced red onion

12 ounces skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast, sliced

2 tablespoons unsalted cashews, halved

Directions:

  1. To prepare dressing, combine sugar, red wine vinegar, water, salt and black pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Gradually drizzle in oil, stirring constantly with a whisk.
  3. Set dressing aside.
  4. To prepare salad, combine romaine with arugula, quartered strawberries, red onion and chicken in a bowl; toss gently.
  5. Place about 2 cups chicken and salad mixture on each of 4 plates.
  6. Top each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cashews.
  7. Drizzle about 4 teaspoons dressing over each serving.
  8. Enjoy!

Not sure what diet has to do with incontinence? Check out how small nutrition modifications can reduce urinary leaks. Also check out our incontinence briefs and incontinence panties that provide the protection you can count on.

5 Myths About Incontinence: Busted

incontinence factsThere are a lot of misconceptions about incontinence. It can be hard to tell where the truth lies. So, whether you’re living with incontinence or caring for someone who is, check out a few debunked myths to help you keep the facts straight:

1. Myth: To avoid urinary leaks, don’t drink much water.

  • Reality: It is still very important to consume enough fluids to stay hydrated. Instead, consider drinking water at times when you know you will have easy access to a nearby restroom. It’s also recommended people living with incontinence limit food and drinks that can acerbate incontinence symptoms such as alcoholic beverages, caffeine and acidic foods.

2. Myth: Surgery is the only option for treating urinary incontinence.

  • Reality: In addition to surgery, there are also other treatment options for incontinence, including medication, exercise, and diet modification and lifestyle changes. The Mayo Clinic shared this extensive list of treatment options to evaluate what may work best for you with your own physician

3. Myth: Urinary incontinence or leakage isn’t something I need to bring up with my doctor.

4. Adult diapers or sanitary napkins are the only option for adults with urinary incontinence.

  • Reality: You are not bound to the crinkly, bulky and uncomfortable disposable products. Wearever offers an alternative – real underwear featuring a sewn-in super absorbent Unique-dri™ pad, which traps liquid for built-in, all-day protection. These incontinence panties and men’s incontinence briefs are comfortable, look and feel just like traditional underwear while providing protection for leaks.

5. Myth: Incontinence only occurs in seniors.

  • Reality: While urinary incontinence is common in older adults, it can affect men and women of any age. Incontinence in women can occur during and immediately after pregnancy. Additionally, a number of other health concerns are associated with urinary incontinence, including ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. There are an estimated 30 million Americans living with some level of urinary incontinence.

Have more questions about incontinence? Check out our FAQ page for additional information!

Incontinence-Friendly Recipe: Pork Chops with Apples, Onions and Sweet Potatoes

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As the winter temperatures plummet, it’s a great time of year to cook cozy comfort foods! We like this delicious pork chop recipe seasoned with apples, onions and sweet potatoes. It’s not only delicious, but it avoids known dietary irritants that can impact incontinence. With a few changes, many people living with urinary leaks can help increase bladder control. And all without sacrificing savory flavors! Trust us, this dish’s aromas are sure to make the neighbors jealous!

The recipe, adapted from AllRecipes, requires little prep time and is ready in just over an hour, so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner or to make for an unexpected guest. We hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

4 pork chops

salt and pepper to taste

2 onions, sliced into rings

2 sweet potatoes, sliced

2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced into rings

3 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour and 15 min

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Season pork chops with salt and pepper to taste, and arrange in a medium oven-safe skillet. Top pork chops with onions, sweet potatoes and apples. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Season with 2 teaspoons pepper and 1 teaspoon salt.
  3. Cover, and bake 1 hour until sweet potatoes are tender and pork chops have reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.

Want to know more about how a recipe can help with incontinence? Read more about diet modification and incontinence.