ACP Releases Nonsurgical Guidelines for Treating Incontinence in Women

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released new guidelines for treating urinary stress incontinence and urge incontinence without surgery.

For women with stress urinary incontinence, kegel exercises are recommended. Kegels help strengthen the muscles and tissues that control urine flow.

For women with urge incontinence, the group suggested bladder training. This treatment involves going to the bathroom on a schedule. As bladder control is gradually regained, the interval between bathroom breaks is increased. Continue reading

Students Create Diaper Pad to Detect Infection in Babies

“The Diaper Detective” is not a new TV show about a diaper-donning detective, nor is it a job description for someone who closely examines stool. It’s actually a small pad that’s inserted into diapers to determine if babies are dehydrated or have a bacterial infection.

Developed by a group of University of California, Riverside students from the Bourns College of Engineering, the patent-pending Diaper Detective uses chemical indicators that change colors – similar to a home pregnancy test – to show if the infant is in distress and in need of medical attention. The lateral flow channels that guide the urine are made with paraffin wax and a laser printer.

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How to Choose Disposable Incontinence Underwear

Disposable incontinence underwear (also called adult pull ups or protective underwear) offer a great way for people with bladder problems to manage their leaks while also leading an active life. There are many different styles of adult pull ups to choose from and it’s important that you choose the right type to prevent embarrassing accidents. When choosing disposable incontinence underwear, ask yourself the following questions:

How to Manage Urinary Incontinence: Back to School Edition

School is back in session! For college students with urinary incontinence, going back to school can be daunting. There’s the constant worrying over preventing leaks while in class and keeping classmates from finding out about any bladder problems. If you experience incontinence, use these tips to help you bring on the new school year free of leaks and with confidence:

Stay discreet with the right products.

Wearing an adult brief can be challenging in school (or anywhere in public for that matter). That’s why it’s imperative to choose the right style brief for your body type – one that is discreet, yet comfortable and absorbent. Disposable pull ups look like regular underwear so your classmates won’t notice. Continue reading

Three Incontinence Treatments to Try Before Considering Surgery

Surgery for urinary incontinence is an option, but it shouldn’t be your first option. There are various other treatment plans available for incontinence. It all depends on the type of incontinence you have and what is causing it. Before you resort to surgery, try out these behavioral treatments to help you regain bladder control:

Pelvic floor exercises

The muscles that are used to help control urine flow can get weak or stretched out, causing urinary leakage. Many people who experience incontinence are encouraged to do pelvic floor exercises, or kegel exercises, to strengthen these muscles. Exercises involve repeatedly squeezing and holding the pelvic floor muscles. Continue reading