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Have you visited our newly updated Help & Advice section yet?

15.02.2017 | Posted in: Advice, Allanda, Bladder Incontinence, Bowel Incontinence, Dementia, Incontinence Facts, News, Statistics | Author: Colin

We have updated our Help & Advice page on our website. We have included lots of information and advice on living with and managing incontinence

A large part of living in confidence is understanding about your condition and taking positive steps to manage it and we aim to provide all the information you need to do this.

It is now even easier to find useful information about the different types of incontinence, its causes and support for carers of people with incontinence. There are also quick links to choosing the correct product for you complete with fitting guides and videos.

Why not click here and take a look!

Newly updated Help & Advice webpage!

11.01.2017 | Posted in: Advice, Allanda, Incontinence Facts | Author: Colin

We have now updated our Help & Advice page on our website. We have included lots of information and advice on living with and managing incontinence

A large part of living in confidence is understanding about your condition and taking positive steps to manage it and we aim to provide all the information you need to do this.

It is now even easier to find useful information about the different types of incontinence, its causes and support for carers of people with incontinence. There are also quick links to choosing the correct product for you complete with fitting guides and videos.

Why not click here and take a look!

Mobile app reduces stress incontinence episodes in small trial

14.12.2016 | Posted in: Advice, Stress Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence | Author: Colin

Pelvic floor training by physical therapists can help women reduce stress incontinence—leakage of urine when they exercise, laughs, cough, or sneeze. Swedish researchers wanted to determine whether such training works when it’s delivered through Tät, a smartphone app developed for that purpose.

The researchers studied 123 women who had at least one episode of stress incontinence per week. They randomly assigned 62 to use the app and 61 to continue to use whatever method they were employing to deal with stress incontinence. The women evaluated their symptoms using standardized questionnaires at the beginning and end of the three-month study.

Among the app group, 98% were regularly performing pelvic exercises by the end of the study. About 90% of that group reported improvements in symptoms, compared with 20% of the control group. The group using the app also reported a reduction in the average number of incontinence episodes, from three to one per week. The results were published online Sept. 9, 2016, by Neurourology and Urodynamics.

6 tips for managing urinary incontinence

07.12.2016 | Posted in: Advice, Urinary Incontinence | Author: Colin

Urinary incontinence is a prevalent issue, with anywhere from 25 to 50 per cent of women reporting an episode in the past year.

“Managing urinary conditions can be frustrating and time-consuming, but there are helpful tips and lifestyle changes that can reduce the burden this condition causes,” says Jenna Hoppenworth, a Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner.

Hoppenworth shares these tips:

• Establish a fluid schedule.

Attempt to keep your fluid intake on a schedule to help retrain your bladder when to fill and when to empty. Also, limit fluid intake after 6 p.m. to reduce nighttime voiding and incontinence.

• Stick to a toileting schedule.

Plan toileting attempts at least every two to three hours during the day. This helps prevent your bladder from becoming too full and causing overflow incontinence.

• Perform pelvic floor exercises.

Strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor can reduce urinary incontinence by as much as 90 per cent. Kegel exercises can help.

• Manage constipation.

Obstruction of stool is a common cause of incontinence and retention. Maintaining a healthy elimination pattern prevents stool from obstructing the stream of urine.

• Keep a bladder diary.

Try to keep a bladder diary for a few days to a few weeks to identify triggers of incontinence and retention. Important components to the diary include time of day, amount of fluid intake, how many times you went to the bathroom, how many times you leaked urine throughout the day, if you felt an urge to urinate before leaking and what type of activity you were engaged in at the time. Remember to bring this with you to appointments with your health care provider.

• Create a calming environment.

Managing urinary incontinence can be stressful and emotional at times. Creating a calm environment takes the stress off the situation so that you can focus on emptying your bladder.

“It’s important to have a conversation with your provider regarding prevention of urinary retention and incontinence,” says Hoppenworth. “There are medications that can cause urinary retention as well as many medications that can alleviate the symptoms and causes of urinary retention.”

Newly updated useful links section!

01.12.2016 | Posted in: Advice, Allanda, Carers, Incontinence Facts | Author: Colin

We have now updated the useful links section of our website. It is now even easier to find useful information and support for people living with incontinence. You will also find a section dedicated to carers of people with incontinence and also a section dedicated to support groups for the older generation.

Why not click here and take a look!

 

How to cope with stressful bladder leaks

16.11.2016 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence Facts, Incontinence Products for Women, Incontinence Statistics | Author: Colin

Urinary incontinence is a subject former Changing Rooms TV presenter Carol Smillie openly speaks about, in fact the star has admitted to wetting herself in the past. She’s now on a mission to end the taboo around the bladder control issue.

One in three women, according to former Changing Rooms TV presenter Carol Smillie, have experienced some form of incontinence in their lifetime. In her own experience, both jumping on trampolines and blowing her nose too hard has seen the 54-year-old experience unwanted urinary incontinence.

Incontinence is an extremely common but lack of conversation surrounding the subject is resulting in people being left with an incorrect perception of the issue, and women delaying the move to incontinence underwear. Carol said: “Incontinence is a common problem after giving birth, and is usually associated with older women, but the truth is, the problem can be something women of all ages have to deal with. Incontinence is a problem people need to feel more confident to speak about, and regularly doing pelvic floor exercises are also important.”

Joining Carol Smillie in the fight against suffering in silence, TV personality Nadia Sawalha has also publicly shared her experience with incontinence.

The 51-year-old Loose Women panellist said: “Like a lot of other women, the very last person I wanted to talk to about incontinence was my husband. Even though I talk to him about everything else – this is the on the ‘no go’ zone between us. He¹s seven years younger than me, but I never feel any age gap between us – except when it comes to this. The more that women can talk to each other about this, the more our confidence will grow and enable us to talk to those closest to us.

TV doctor Dr Sara Kayat shed light on why this area of women’s health is not being given enough attention. She said: “There are many ’embarrassing’ conditions that in medicine we are constantly trying to normalise to ensure patients engage with us, for example – blood in stool, bleeding after sex and erectile dysfunction. The same needs to be done in the case of incontinence. This research highlights the lack of discussion of this topic between both friends and family and with healthcare professional – it also shows the psychological and social impact it has on people. British women are willing to put up with something that could be helped with the appropriate incontinence products. I truly believe that if women support each other, there will be more conversation giving women the knowledge and access to appropriate products to help manage their symptoms.”

Is it bad to delay visiting the toilet?

02.11.2016 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence, Uncategorized | Author: Colin

Adults should urinate at least four to six times a day, but occasionally, the pressures of modern life force us to clench and hold it in. How bad is this habit, and how long can our bodies withstand it? This fun You Tube video explains all.

PromoCon becomes Bladder and Bowel UK in rebrand investment

02.11.2016 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence | Author: Colin

Charitable service, PromoCon, has changed its name to Bladder and Bowel UK as part of a major brand overhaul and investment in its corporate identity.

The service, established over 20 years ago, is the only UK national helpline service providing information and support for adults and children with bladder and bowel dysfunction, their carers and the professionals who support them. The name change comes in a bid to make the service easier to find for anyone seeking support for bladder and bowel issues.

With an expert team of nurse specialists and product advisors, Bladder and Bowel UK provides clinical and product advice, signposting to additional support services, training, consultancy and much more.

Karen Irwin, Nurse Specialist and manager of the newly named Bladder and Bowel UK service, says: “I am delighted at the change of name; it is a landmark moment for the charity and will ensure the service is much more accessible for people living with bladder and bowel conditions as well as medical professionals and the wider healthcare community.

“With PromoCon being so well established among the medical and healthcare community and so familiar to people living with bladder and bowel conditions, we felt it was time for a brand refresh to bring our image up to date, improve our communications and raise the profile of the service nationally. In addition to the name change to Bladder and Bowel UK, we are also enhancing our online and telephone support systems to improve the quality of the service provided.

“Since the Bladder and Bowel Foundation ceased operation earlier this year we have experienced a surge in visitors seeking advice from us and we wanted to make our offering as user-friendly and understandable as possible to support both the medical community and individuals and groups looking for assistance and information.”

Bladder and Bowel UK is part of the wider charitable organisation, Disabled Living, and provides information about services, practical solutions and equipment advice for those who need it.

A helpline is available for patients, health care professionals and anyone who requires further information or support. Call Bladder and Bowel UK on 0161 607 8219 or visit the website on www.bladderandboweluk.co.uk.

 

Talking about incontinence: a case study

12.10.2016 | Posted in: Advice, Bladder Incontinence, Incontinence | Author: Colin

When embarrassing bladder troubles stopped rugby-playing mum-of-two Claire Cartwright from taking part in the sport she loved she decided it was time to tackle the problem head on.

Forty-three-year-old Claire had suffered with bladder weakness since being a teenager but the problem worsened with the birth of her two sons and, despite months of pelvic floor exercises, began having more and more impact on her life.

She explained: “It got increasingly worse to the point where I would leak if I coughed, sneezed or made any sudden movement.  I would never play with my children outside if it meant running or jumping and would never run for a bus or train. The thought of having to suffer any longer wasn’t an option for me, I wanted it sorted ASAP and surgery was my best option. For many years I accepted the problem as something that happened to some women after having children. I felt ashamed and felt it was my fault as I probably hadn’t done enough pelvic floor exercises when I was pregnant. I didn’t talk about it with anyone else but now I am sure there are many women out there having exactly the same feelings and I want to tell them there is no need to suffer in silence.

Yes it is embarrassing but I am sharing my story in the hope that other women will find the courage to talk about it and get help – I only wish I had done it years ago.”

Read the full article here.

Women speak out about the embarrassing issue of incontinence

05.10.2016 | Posted in: Advice, Allanda, Bladder Training, Incontinence Facts | Author: Colin

Women across the country have appeared in a documentary aiming to raise awareness for adult incontinence – which affects one in three women in the UK. 45 per cent of women admitted that a sensitive bladder affects their happiness and can leave them feeling embarrassed in a body they feel is older than their years.

Inspired by the stories of real women, UK film director Flora Berkeley has produced a documentary called Our Story, Life with Adult Incontinence which talks about the condition.

Urinary incontinence may be the last taboo, but it is incredibly common, especially among women who’ve gone through childbirth or menopause. However, lots of women are still uncomfortable sharing their experiences, even with trusted confidantes.

As well as talking about the condition, there are simple lifestyle changes women can try too including frequent pelvic floor exercises, drinking less caffeinated drinks and finding the right specialist products.

Research by the NCT has also revealed many women who experience incontinence issues after having a child are suffering in silence. The research revealed that a third of those who developed urinary incontinence after childbirth were embarrassed to discuss it with their partner and almost a half were uncomfortable talking about it with friends.

If the taboo can be broken, changes can be brought about that will dramatically improve the lives of thousands of women. It is hoped that speaking out about the subject will reassure women that they are not alone and that treatment is available.