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.

For extra protection from incontinence, we at Wearever have the all the supplies you need. Our incontinence underwear for men and incontinence panties are discrete, durable, fashionable, economically priced, and can go right in the wash after each use. For overnight protection, Wearever has a selection of washable bed pads to choose from that are long-lasting and will keep your bed dry. Wearever has you covered from those unexpected leaks.  

4 DIY Fourth of July Crafts to Make with Your Grandkids

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Independence Day is rapidly approaching, but there’s still time to get into the patriotic spirit. Invite your grandkids over for these kid-friendly activities they’re sure to love and start July off with a bang!

  1. Fourth of July Crowns

What’s the perfect finishing touch to your grandchildren’s red, white and blue outfits? These adorable paper crowns! Combine a couple of craft items for a fun accessory for firework watching.

  1. Uncle Sam Paper Bag Puppets

Learn about history while making these Uncle Sam paper bag puppets. As a bonus, after creating them, have the youngsters put on a show for the whole family to enjoy!

  1. Popsicle Stick Flags

Do your grandchildren love painting? Then, they’ll love making these flags! Jumbo popsicle sticks are transformed with red, white and blue colors, and can be used as table décor or as gifts for family and friends.

  1. Red, White and Blue Banner

Leftover scrapbook paper, burlap and string can be combined to make entry ways and backyard decks even more festive! A full shopping list and instructions can be found here.

Your grandchildren will love spending time with you crafting these themed projects. Want even more fun? Invite the grandkids into the kitchen to make these easy bacon-wrapped potatoes as a side dish to a backyard cookout.

Customer Review of Our Cotton Comfort Incontinence Panties

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Incontinence shouldn’t prevent you or your loved ones from living life to the fullest. Our panties allow people to go about their days without worrying about accidents.

Tracy Renko from Tracy’s Simple Finds recently had her grandmother try out our Women’s Cotton Comfort Incontinence Panties and shared what she thought on her blog:

“I really think these underwear are great. I have noticed a huge improvement in my grandmother, too. Now she is not scared to leave home. These are much better than adult briefs or pull-ups. They work great and don’t have a tight fit. There is no bulk whatsoever.”

Thank you for sharing your opinion, Tracy! We always enjoy hearing how our products can help people live their lives with confidence. To read her full blog post, click here.

The Best Fresh Produce

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month!

It’s proven that a healthy diet can help control incontinence, so try incorporating these ten seasonal fruits and vegetables into your meals all month long. Not sure how to select the freshest items? No worries! We’ve also included some tips to keep in mind on your next trip to the grocery store or farmers market.

Apricots

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Seeing apricots in your grocery store is one of the first signs that summer has arrived.

When ripe, apricots are an orange-gold color with an occasional hint of redness. You should select apricots that are about the size of golf balls. Avoid any apricots with shriveled skin, as this can be a sign they are overripe.

Try adding apricots to your favorite salad or substituting them for foods containing artificial sugar, which can make incontinence worse.

Avocados

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Avocados become ripe after they have been harvested—not on the tree.

Avocados that cave in slightly when pressed should be consumed within two days of purchasing. Firmer avocados should be ready to eat about five days after you buy them.

Try putting avocado on toast for a healthy breakfast, or use one to make fresh guacamole.

Blackberries

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Blackberries that are ripe will be dark in color.

Avoid buying blackberries that still have hulls attached, as this can be a sign they were picked too soon. Make sure to inspect the container for any mold or stickiness, which can be a sign that the fruit is overripe.

Blackberries are great in a fruit salad or with Greek yogurt for a nutritious snack.

Blueberries

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The best blueberries to buy are deep purple-blue to blue-black in color.

Ripe blueberries are firm and plump with smooth skin. Avoid blueberries that are red in color or shriveled. Also avoid containers with juice stains, as this can be a sign of bruised fruit.

Use your blueberries to make a beautiful pie, or add them to pancakes.

Cherries

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Ripe cherries are dark in color. If the stems are still attached to the cherries they should be a bright green shade. You should make sure the cherries are firm and that there is no wrinkling near the stem. Wrinkles in this area may indicate the cherries have been sitting out at room temperature for too long.

For a tart but sweet snack, try adding cherries to your homemade chocolate chip cookies for a delicious combination.

Asparagus

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Fresh asparagus is bright green in color and often has violet-hued stems. The asparagus you select should be firm and should squeak when squeezed.

Baked asparagus goes great with salmon for a nourishing and tasty dinner.

Beets

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Select beets that are small to medium in size and have smooth skin. The best beets will still have their stems and leaves attached.

You can pair beets with goat cheese and spinach for a colorful summertime salad.

Broccoli

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Fresh broccoli should be a bright green hue with compact floret clusters. You should pick broccoli that has firm stems and stalks. Add broccoli to chicken dishes for a wholesome meal.

Cauliflower

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Like broccoli, fresh cauliflower heads have compact floret clusters. They are a pale white in color and are firm to the touch. Avoid buying cauliflower with any dark or soft spots, as this is a sign it is going bad. Roast cauliflower with your favorite vegetables for an appetizing side dish.

Cucumbers

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Look for cucumbers that are a bright, even green. Pick cucumbers that are firm and unblemished.

Slice up cucumbers and dip them in hummus for a refreshing snack.

 

This June, fuel your body with fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables. Not only will you feel better by eating healthier, but doing so will also relieve some of the stress on your bladder. For incontinence-friendly recipe ideas, click here.

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.

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Fecal Incontinence Is More Common Than You Think

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When we think of incontinence, we often associate it with unwanted and unintentional urine leakage.

However, fecal incontinence is almost as prevalent as urinary incontinence yet is rarely discussed. Incontinence can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender and could be due to hereditary factors or other health-induced reasons.

The Prevalence of Fecal Incontinence

Did you know that 24 percent of men and 17 percent of women experience fecal incontinence?

That means that almost one in five adults have, at one point or another, experienced fecal incontinence (Source).

Fecal incontinence could be accompanied by other bowel issues such as: constipation, gas and bloating, and diarrhea.

Factors That Cause Fecal Incontinence

Damage to the anal sphincter muscles

Sphincter muscles work to hold stool within the body. When these muscles are damaged, they become weak and fail to hold stool in resulting in fecal incontinence. A common cause of this is an injury sustained during childbirth. With the intense pressure that this area endures, damage to the anal sphincter muscles is common.

Pelvic nerve damage

When pelvic muscles are damaged, it can severely affect your ability to sense when you have to use the bathroom.

Reduction in rectum elasticity

There are various things that can lessen the resilience of the flexibility of the bowel. This could be hereditary or as a result of surgery or childbirth.

Dementia

Fecal incontinence tends to be prevalent in those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s due to the inability to control bowl movements.

Fecal incontinence is also referred to as Accidental Bowl Loss (ABL) and is too infrequently discussed with doctors and physicians.

If you suffer from fecal incontinence, it is absolutely nothing to be ashamed about. Treatments are available that will supply you with relief of your symptoms so that you can lead a normal everyday life. Speak to your doctor or physician today and start a journey toward a better quality of life that is free from the worries of incontinence.

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Menopausal Hormone Therapy Has Been Linked to Fecal Incontinence

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Around the age of 55, women go through menopause and it is a natural part of aging. Since this can be a trying time in a female’s life, many of them have a difficult time adjusting to the emotional side effects of ever-changing moods and sentiment.

As a result, women tend to seek relief which may come in different forms such as from various vitamins, medications, supplements, and even menopausal hormone therapy. These methods can relieve them of the hot flashes and sweating that are a side effect of menopause. But little do these women know, menopausal hormone therapy may actually have negative adverse effects such as fecal incontinence.

Recent Studies on Menopausal Hormone Therapy

New data has emerged regarding the association of fecal incontinence and menopausal hormone therapy.

A group of 55,828 postmenopausal women with an average age of 73 were analyzed. The study discovered that “women who were past users of menopausal hormone therapy were about 26% more likely to develop incontinence (HR, 1.26) when compared to those who never used hormone therapy” (Source). In turn, more and more research is going into whether or not this treatment option is safe enough to suggest to patients.  

The Risks Involved

Although hormone therapy (HT) is government-approved and designed to alleviate menopausal symptoms, it does come with some risks as well.

One of the biggest risks associated with HT is prolonged usage coupled with a high doses. The healthiest alternative would be to take the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time. Prolonged use of HT has been linked to fecal incontinence which may cause more downfalls than benefits for some.

Aside from the possibility of developing fecal incontinence as result of Menopausal Hormone Therapy, there are other significant risks such as: strokes, blood clots, heart attacks, and breast cancer.

“The longer you’re on hormone therapy, the higher your risk for fecal incontinence and the longer you’re off, the more that risk attenuates. I think this says to clinicians that they need to evaluate each time they see that patient whether she still needs to be on hormone therapy at that time”, states Dt. Staller,  a neurogastroenterologist and motility specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (Source).

If you are considering choosing menopausal hormone therapy as a way of regulating your symptoms, it may be worth reconsidering. Weighing the pros and cons of this alternative will help you to better understand whether or not menopausal hormone therapy is right for you.

Exercise And a New App To Help With Incontinence

Incontinence is an issue that over 25 million adult Americans deal with. Although the condition does not have any adverse affects on health, it is an inconvenience and can interfere with daily life as well as hinder social life. People that suffer from incontinence often withdraw themselves from social activity as a result of feeling embarrassed or ashamed of their condition. Luckily, there are various incontinence products on the market that are designed to help those affected lead normal everyday lives without having the worry of leakage being visibly apparent.

Improve Incontinence Within 8 Weeks

There is a revolutionary way in which incontinence is being managed and improved and it is in the form of the PeriCoach mobile app. This app acts as a coach and instructor, including an exercise challenge for those with incontinence which lasts eight weeks long. The PeriCoach system helps to improve incontinence along with a better quality of life.The developer of the app states that approximately 70 percent of females discovered that a structured and tailored program was beneficial in improving incontinence symptoms.

The eight-week challenge incorporates a virtual pelvic floor coach. PeriCoach works in conjunction with your workout equipment in order to strengthen your abdomen muscles, reducing the symptoms that are associated with incontinence. By partaking in the program for just a few minutes every day, incontinence patients can manage stress incontinence. Many individuals are unaware that by simply working out your pelvic and abdomen muscles, the strength of those muscles which are responsible for incontinence get stronger and stronger. This in turn reduces leakage over time.

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The Incontinence-Friendly Recipe For May : Fruit and Nut Energy Bars

Spring and summer are full of fun activities and trips, and these bars are a perfect option to make ahead of time and take with you! They take just 20 minutes and can be a fun way to spend time with your spouse, kids or grandkids while also making a yummy treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped nuts (one kind or a combination of almonds, walnuts, or pecans)
  • 3/4 cup dried fruit (one kind or a combination of raisins, currants, dried cranberries, or chopped dates, plums, apricots, or peaches)
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup almond or peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey, real maple syrup, or agave syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:                                                 

  1. Line the pan with waxed or parchment paper or aluminum foil and leave enough hanging over the edges so you can cover the bars later. (You will need a little more than twice as much as the bottom of the pan.)
  2. Put the nuts, dried fruit, oats, rice cereal and coconut in the large bowl and mix well.
  3. Put the almond butter and honey in the small bowl and microwave until the almond butter is softened, about 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and stir again until smooth.
  5. Pour the almond mixture into the large bowl and mix until well combined.
  6. Put the mixture into the prepared pan and pat down as hard as you can. You want to make the bars dense.
  7. Using the overhanging waxed paper, cover the bars completely.
  8. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  9. Using the knife, cut into 16 bars.

Recipe adapted from Grandparents.com. You can see the full recipe here.

Best Skin Care Tips for Aging Skin

Trends come and go in clothing, jewelry, furniture and more, but one thing that never goes out of style is clear and healthy skin. Check out these tips for a radiant face that’s always fashionable.

  1. Eat a Balanced Diet

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Natural nutrients and vitamins most often come from the foods we consume. Eating a diet with many fruits, vegetables and proteins helps to provide the needed care from the inside out.

  1. Drink More Water

Stay Hydrated to Stop Incontinence Odors

Lotions and serums can help hydrate the surface of the skin, but real hydration comes from the inside. Therefore, drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is critical to healthy-looking skin. Experts even suggest increasing that number based on caffeine and sugar consumption.

  1. Wear Sunscreen

Age spots and blemishes are a very clear indicator of age. To help prevent these, try using a daily moisturizer with a SPF and wear hats to block harmful UV rays, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Even short periods of time outdoors can add up to quite a bit of sun exposure, so be sure to keep sunblock on hand and apply regularly.

  1. Sleep Well

We’ve all heard we should get at least eight hours of sleep a night, but some experts say we should be sleeping more than that. In addition to the amount of sleep, the quality is important too. Products such as noise machines to create white noise or silk pillow cases are common solutions to sleep problems, along with countless other suggestions to get a great night’s sleep.

  1. Don’t Smoke

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Want healthy skin? Ditch the cigarettes! In addition to causing other health concerns, smoking creates wrinkles around the mouth. The habit can also cause age spots to occur from the smoke lingering around your face.

  1. Wash Your Face

 

Washing your face removes the oil, bacteria and dirt that accumulate throughout the day. Also, experts say that not removing makeup is one of the biggest mistakes women make.

  1. Do Your Research

Everyone’s skin is slightly different in its natural composition and therefore needs different products to work best. Check out this handy quiz to figure out your skin type and then use products accordingly.

  1. Don’t Touch Your Face

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Your hands touch so many surfaces throughout the day and touching anywhere on your face is further exposing your body to that bacteria. In addition to keeping your face clear, this habit will also prevent you from getting sick as often!

  1. Clean Your Brushes and Applicators

It’s second nature to wash your face to remove dirt and oil buildup, but many people forget to clean their brushes and applicators too. Not sure where to start with cleaning them? Read makeup artists’ advice here.

  1. Up Your Collagen Intake

Collagen is a firming protein found naturally in our bodies. However, as we age, the protein breaks down and starts to cause wrinkles. Two simple ways to boost your collagen are choosing a topical cream or lotion with collagen as an ingredient or taking oral supplements.

One of the benefits of aging is feeling more comfortable in your own skin and enjoying the life and folks around you. With all the wisdom you’ve gained through the years and these tips and products to help you feel more confident, you can make your golden years truly golden!