Urinary incontinence occurs when you cannot control your bladder and unexpectedly leak urine. Although common, incontinence should not be considered as normal. How do you know if you have incontinence? Use the checklist below to find out:
- Do you wear pads to help prevent leakage?
If so, are you wearing the right kind? There are absorbent pads designed specifically for incontinence. These pads are similar to menstrual pads.
- Do you leak urine when you sneeze, cough, laugh or simply stand up from a sitting position? Or how about when you engage in any physical activity, like a sport or lifting heavy objects? Continue reading
Did you catch the Emmys last night? If so, you might have noticed Depend’s newest commercial for its “Underwareness” campaign.
The commercial features ‘The Talk’ co-host Sheryl Underwood who gives a testimony on how Depend underwear has given back her confidence after experiencing bladder leakage.
“I am one of the hosts of a top-rated talk show and I wear Depend because I had bladder leakage after having a hysterectomy and I’m going to have to live like this for the rest of my life,” Underwood says in the commercial. “When you’re in the entertainment business, there’s a lot of pressure in being glamorous…but nobody ever says, “What are you going to do if you got bladder leakage?’”
Urinary incontinence is a condition in which you are unable to control your own bladder. As you can imagine, this can be embarrassing, especially if you have an accident out in public. Many people who suffer from incontinence also have low self-esteem and feelings of depression.
One way to help manage bladder leaks is by wearing incontinence undergarments, specifically protective underwear. Unlike adult diapers, protective underwear are not taped on the sides and thus, don’t resemble baby diapers. Instead, protective underwear are pulled up and down like regular underwear. This makes people feel less inferior and more confident while out in public.
Incontinence products come in a wide range of sizes from extra small to XL+. Heavier individuals may find it difficult to find larger sized briefs in brick and mortar stores. Fortunately, National Incontinence carries a variety of XL+ products for bariatric patients.
Our newest addition is the McKesson Ultra Plus Bariatric Brief. Offered in a size XXXL (waist size up to 95”), these bariatric briefs feature a soft, breathable material with stretch panels for a snug fit. The non-woven acquisition layer quickly absorbs liquids and keeps the skin dry and free of odors.
“I am several months post-partum and I’m still having troubling with leakage problems. I’ve heard about exercise weights that I can use to tone my vaginal muscles. Can you tell me more about these weights?”
What you’re referring to are vaginal weights, or vaginal cones. These weights are small plastic cones that are graduated in size with a string at the end. They’re inserted and removed from your vagina, like a tampon.