The Kegelmaster is a exercise device used to help women strengthen their pelvic floor muscles. In addition to treating poor bladder control, this kegel exerciser also helps improve sexual pleasure. Before using the Kegelmaster, make sure that you empty your bladder and hand wash the device with soap and water.
Australian company Simavita has created an “electronic diaper” that would show when and how often an elderly patient empties their bladder. A sensor is placed into the person’s incontinence pad or diaper, and creates a profile of the user’s incontinence needs.
“The live bladder chart completely changes the way we manage that person (resident) and their care,” Simavita chief executive Philippa Lewis was quoted in The Australian. Continue reading
People who suffer from spinal cord injury are often left with an inability to control their bladder. This leads to bladder spasms and spontaneous voiding accidents that are often managed with catheters and incontinence briefs, or corrected through surgery.
However, University of Cambridge neurologist James Fawcett has created a new device that senses when the bladder is full and needs to empty, and when it isn’t and keep it from emptying itself. This new technology has worked in rats, but it’s a step towards helping spinal cord injury patients regain control of their bladder in the future. Results from the study were published online on Nov. 6 in the Science Translational Medicine. Continue reading
The holidays are finally here! This means traveling to see family members you haven’t seen since last Christmas or having a relaxing vacation at a resort far away from home. The last thing you need to worry about during the holidays is an embarrassing wet accident. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips on how to travel with incontinence:
- Pack more and pack right. Wherever you go, whether it is to a beach or to a city, always bring an emergency bag filled with your incontinence necessities. This includes:
People with diabetes often have problems controlling their bladder and bowel. They may experience accidental leakage, frequent urination, and sudden urges to urinate. How does diabetes cause incontinence?
Diabetics who experience incontinence may also be obese or overweight. The extra weight puts pressure onto the bladder, which can weaken the muscles of the pelvic floor that control bladder function. Whenever the individual does something physical, like lift weights or sneeze, urinary leakage may occur due to the increased pressure. This is called stress incontinence. Continue reading