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Incontinence is often kept a secret and it’s a topic no one wants to talk about. Let’s tackle important points to remember and pick up life-changing tips!

Types of Incontinence

If you are often experiencing loss of control of your bladder or bowel, it may mean you have incontinence. It is important to know which type of incontinence you have to know how you can manage this condition.

There are two main types of incontinence:

 

  • Incontinence of the bladder or “urinary incontinence” (UI) that results to leakage of urine
  • Incontinence of the bowel also known as “accidental bowel leakage” (ABL)

There are two main types of incontinence:

 

  • Incontinence of the bladder or “urinary incontinence” (UI) that results to leakage of urine
  • Incontinence of the bowel also known as “accidental bowel leakage” (ABL)

Urinary Incontinence is classified into two types:

 

  • Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) occurs when you laugh, sneeze or cough. These physical activities exert pressure on your pelvic floor, squeezing the bladder and causing urine to leak
  • Urge Incontinence occurs when you have a sudden and intense urge to urinate even if you have just emptied your bladder a short while ago.

Urinary Incontinence is classified into two types:

 

  • Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) occurs when you laugh, sneeze or cough. These physical activities exert pressure on your pelvic floor, squeezing the bladder and causing urine to leak
  • Urge Incontinence occurs when you have a sudden and intense urge to urinate even if you have just emptied your bladder a short while ago.

Incontinence is not a disease in itself, but a symptom of something else. A combination of many factors may be causing it and some of the things that may contribute to incontinence are (but not limited to) the following: constipation, medications, diabetes, obesity and prostate problem. For women: urinary tract infections, pelvic organ prolapse, abdominal mass (pelvic tumors), chronic or debilitating cough, and menopause. The best way to address this condition is to consult a healthcare professional.

Melville JL, Katon W, Delaney K, Newton K. Urinary incontinence in US women: a population-based study. Arch Intern Med. 2005;165(5):537-42.

Incontinence is not a disease in itself, but a symptom of something else. A combination of many factors may be causing it and some of the things that may contribute to incontinence are (but not limited to) the following: constipation, medications, diabetes, obesity and prostate problem. For women: urinary tract infections, pelvic organ prolapse, abdominal mass (pelvic tumors), chronic or debilitating cough, and menopause. The best way to address this condition is to consult a healthcare professional.

Melville JL, Katon W, Delaney K, Newton K. Urinary incontinence in US women: a population-based study. Arch Intern Med. 2005;165(5):537-42.

Living it up with Bladder Leaks: How to live well when You Have Incontinence

Incontinence is just a condition, not a disease. You can definitely learn how to manage the leaks once you master these tips:

  1. Small weights – strengthen your muscles by lifting small weights over and over. Lifting small weights require a little effort and this helps you gradually strengthen your pelvic floor.
  2. Does Kegel ring a bell? Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, in which the levator muscles are squeezed and held for five seconds, then released for five seconds, for a number of repetitions. This technique is taught among pregnant women in preparation for childbirth. It aids speedy recovery of the pelvic muscles and is known to greatly help in treating urinary incontinence.
  3. Blue Acquisition Layers absorb moisture and prevents leaks
  4. Elastic bands create a discreet, secure, and comfortable fit
  5. Breathable, cloth-like back sheet
  6. Suitable for men and women
  7. Your diet helps too! If you down plenty of fluid, cutting back a little may help. Remember that if you are to lessen fluid intake though, you will also have to cut back on hard to digest food such as meat. It is best to consult a dietician to help you prepare a healthy meal plan.
  1. Drink less when you know you are leaving the house.
  2. Know which food and drinks make you need to go. Alcohol, caffeine, spicy food, citrus fruits and drinks and carbonated drinks bring about the need to pee. Observe which ones cause you to go more often and cut back or totally quit taking them.
  3. Use high quality pads. The amount of fluid leakage depends on the severity of incontinence and it is important that you use pads that are super absorbent. Period napkins are not designed for heavy flow of urine so people had no choice but to use diapers in the past. Diapers are thick and bulky, making it so obvious that you are wearing one, affecting your confidence. You’ll be glad to know that So Sure Bladder Control Pad is breathable, discreet, and has better absorbency compared to regular pads. Find out why So Sure is the best bladder control pad.
  4. Reach out to people who can help. Do not be afraid to speak to a physician about your condition so they can help you and teach you manage incontinence. They will also be able to provide you a list of solutions and treatments. Your partner, your family, and the people close to you should also know so they can help make the situation easier for you. Don’t be afraid to seek help from a professional who can help you better understand the condition and make it more comfortable for you.
  1. Small weights – strengthen your muscles by lifting small weights over and over. Lifting small weights require a little effort and this helps you gradually strengthen your pelvic floor.
  2. Does Kegel ring a bell? Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, in which the levator muscles are squeezed and held for five seconds, then released for five seconds, for a number of repetitions. This technique is taught among pregnant women in preparation for childbirth. It aids speedy recovery of the pelvic muscles and is known to greatly help in treating urinary incontinence.
  3. Blue Acquisition Layers absorb moisture and prevents leaks
  4. Elastic strands create a discreet, secure, and comfortable fit
  5. Breathable, cloth-like back sheet
  6. Suitable for men and women
  7. Your diet helps too! If you down plenty of fluid, cutting back a little may help. Remember that if you are to lessen fluid intake though, you will also have to cut back on hard to digest food such as meat. It is best to consult a dietician to help you prepare a healthy meal plan.
  1. Drink less when you know you are leaving the house.
  2. Know which food and drinks make you need to go. Alcohol, caffeine, spicy food, citrus fruits and drinks and carbonated drinks bring about the need to pee. 3 Observe which ones cause you to go more often and cut back or totally quit taking them.
  3. Use high quality pads. The amount of fluid leakage depends on the severity of incontinence and it is important that you use pads that are super absorbent. Period napkins are not designed for heavy flow of urine so people had no choice but to use diapers in the past. Diapers are thick and bulky, making it so obvious that you are wearing one, affecting your confidence. You’ll be glad to know that So Sure Bladder Control Pad is breathable, discreet, and has better absorbency compared to regular pads. Find out why So Sure is the best bladder control pad.
  4. Reach out to people who can help. Do not be afraid to speak to a physician about your condition so they can help you and teach you manage incontinence. They will also be able to provide you a list of solutions and treatments. Your partner, your family, and the people close to you should also know so they can help make the situation easier for you. Don’t be afraid to seek help from a professional who can help you better understand the condition and make it more comfortable for you.

Cammu H, Van Nylen M, Amy J. A 10-year follow-up after Kegel pelvic floor muscle exercises for genuine stress incontinence. BJU Int. 2001;85(6):655-65.

Wyman JF, Burgio KL, Newman DK. Practical aspects of lifestyle modifications and behavioural interventions in the treatment of overactive bladder and urgency urinary incontinence. Int J Clin Pract. 2009;63(8):1177-91.

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