Tests for Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is diagnosed through a series of tests that are usually done at the doctor’s office. Read below to learn about these different tests and how they are conducted:

  • Pad test – You will be given pre-weighed incontinence pads to wear for 24 hours. You’ll go about your day, doing the activities you usually do, while wearing the pads. You’ll store the used pads in a sealed bag and give them back to the doctor. The pads will then be weighed to determine how much urine was leaked.
  • Cough stress test: This test requires you to have a full bladder. You will be asked to stand and cough vigorously, in which the doctor will observe for any urine loss.
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Controlling Incontinence on Long Flights

Man looking outside plane window

If you’re new to urinary incontinence, you might think it’s impossible to go out and have fun, let alone fly out of the country on a long 20-hour non-stop flight, without constantly having to run to the bathroom. Fortunately, with a little bit of planning and a lot of patience, you can take long trips while staying dry.

  • Wear an extra absorbent diaper with wicking capabilities and odor control. Popular options include Abena Abri-Form Briefs and Tranquility ATN.
  • Use a booster pad to increase the absorbency of the brief.
  • Bring extras of everything in your carry-on. “Everything” includes briefs, pads, wet wipes, underwear, pants, plastic bags, and diaper rash cream – anything you’ll need to ensure that you stay dry throughout your long flight.
  • When booking your flight, get an aisle seat so that you don’t have to worry about disturbing your neighbors to use the lavatory. If you are unable to choose a good seat in time, ask your neighbor if you could switch seats.
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Top 5 Elderly Fall Prevention Tips

Today marks the 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day. This year’s theme is Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three adults over the age of 65 will suffer a serious fall this year. Twenty to thirty percent of older adults who fall will suffer injuries such as hip fractures and head traumas, which can hinder their independence. Many of these falls occur at home, particularly in the bathroom or while the individual is trying to get to the bathroom. By following these safety tips below, you can help your elderly loved one stay balanced and free of fall risks:

  • Tidy up. Make sure the pathway to the toilet is open and free of clutter. You don’t want your loved one to trip over a box or stumble over an electrical cord, especially when they’re in a rush.
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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