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!
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!
Not sure what product is right for you? Here at Allanda we have increased our range of samples to enable you to find the best product for your own needs. We have added the following samples to our range:
Women – Individual (Single) pieces of TENA Female Light Pad products for light female incontinence.
Men – Individual (Single) pieces of TENA Men products for light male incontinence.
You can still choose from a wide variety of sample packs, including sample packs which have seen selected specifically to fit different types of incontinence conditions, so there is something for everyone:
We offer sample packs for heavy incontinence, which are also suitable for faecal incontinence, as well as sample packs for moderate to heavy conditions which include cases of sudden need or loss of bladder control.
If you suffer from moderate urinary incontinence, then our range of moderate sample packs is the right choice for you, whilst our light sample packs range are more suitable for female or male light incontinence.
We also offer individual pieces of Tena incontinence pants so you can test different types of Tena Pants in order to find out which one is the most suitable option for your personal needs.
If, after browsing our full range of incontinence products samples, you’re still not sure which one you should try, don’t hesitate to contact our helpful team on 0800 999 5565.
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.
As many as one in three people over the age of 60 are affected by urinary incontinence, a condition that can leave psychological scars.
Wetting yourself in public is experienced by people as extremely embarrassing, and incontinence is regarded to have potentially serious psychological consequences.
It is thought that as many as 50 percent of people with urinary incontinence do not seek medical help, as they feel embarrassed, are not sure whether they can be helped, or simply hope that the problem will go away by itself.
But physical discomfort and embarrassment are not the only possible consequences of suffering from UI. The psychological effects can be huge too.
“Patients who experience incontinence might experience a significant effect on their self-confidence and dignity,” according to Dr Ulla Botha psychiatrist and senior lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Stellenbosch. “Depending on the level of incontinence, their general functioning might also be affected, as patients often start to isolate themselves and may avoid social interaction to prevent possible embarrassment. This can even lead to depression.”
If someone withdraws socially as a result of urinary incontinence, it can have a huge impact on their quality of life and their psycho-social well-being. They could become increasingly isolated, not be interested in starting a new relationships and friendships, and develop both anxiety and depression.
Normal activities they used to enjoy could become difficult and they could start avoiding club outings, parties and other social get-togethers, as many people fear the embarrassment of having an “accident” in public. Public toilets are not always conveniently situated.
Scientists are not sure whether suffering from urinary incontinence as such is a contributing factor to depression and anxiety, or whether the depression and anxiety could play a contributory role in the development of urinary incontinence.
Many people who suffer from depression stop taking part in activities they formerly enjoyed – and the same is true of people who suffer from urinary incontinence.
A negative event, such as having an “accident” in public can lead to an alteration of mood and cause anything from sadness to dissatisfaction, lowered self-esteem and self-depreciation.
It reported on a study that found that people with urinary incontinence were twice as likely to suffer from depression as those in a control group.
In a recent Woman’s Hour article on Radio 4, the topic of urinary tract infections (UTIs) was discussed with healthcare professionals. It was highlighted that it is not a topic that is discussed openly with many women and in fact there can be a large degree of embarrassment surrounding the subject. Listen to the full article.
Here at Allanda we recognize that UTIs may not be something that you feel comfortable discussing and we stock a great product that detects UTIs: the TENA U-test. By sparing individuals the cumbersome routine of urine collection, comfort and dignity are improved whilst also significantly reducing the workload for carers.
TENA U-test is a unique product for detecting urinary tract infections. Taking 15 minutes to validate results, TENA U-test works by detecting the presence of nitrates and/or leucocytes in urine. Results are valid for up to 24 hours and facilitate no interruption to individual incontinence pad changing routines.
For full details of how to use and purchase the TENA U-test, please click here.
A recent survey from TENA Lady studied the underwear habits of women. Underwear style varied nationally however, the survey revealed that 19 per cent of women confessed that the fear of bladder weakness stops them from wearing their favourite underwear. Putting on your favourite underwear makes you feel good about yourself and here at Allanda we stock a wide range of Confitex absorbent washable underwear.
Confitex design, manufacture and market attractive and fashionable ranges of absorbent underwear that people feel good in, that fit naturally and work effectively. The underwear is natural looking, high performing and has a strong emphasis on aesthetics. Confitex offer a range of options that, just like real underwear, let you under-dress up or under-dress down depending on what you have planned.
The underwear is made from the highest quality fabrics, including bamboo, which lasts three times longer and feels better than cotton. The underwear uses a patented 3-layer technology consisting of a new hi-tech sports fabric that wicks away moisture using the body’s own heat keeping you dry and odour free. The high performance fabric is machine washable and dryer friendly. With Confitex underwear there is no need for pads or other incontinence products.
For more information or to place an order, please click here.
If you suffer with incontinence, there are a few self-help tips and lifestyle changes you can make that will help relieve the symptoms.
- Pelvic floor exercises
- Stop smoking
- Choose the right type of exercise
- Don’t lift heavy objects
- Lose weight
- Reduce constipation
- Cut back on caffeine
- Limit your alcohol
- Drink more water.
- Avoid spicy and acidic
To read the complete article, click here.
Allanda and LifeSense Group B.V. have signed a partnership for distribution of Carin wearables in the UK. Carin’s washable smart underwear and pelvic floor exercise programme helps women regain bladder control and confidence in everyday life. We are proud to introduce Carin within our diverse portfolio of wearables promoting a ‘care to cure’ approach.
For LifeSense Group this is a fantastic opportunity to broaden activities within Europe. Vale Pop (CEO, LifeSense Group) comments: “Carin is in good hands at Allanda. They have a large database of customers and knows how to keep them satisfied. We think they can bring Carin to a larger public of users and contribute to our mission to empower more women around the globe”.
Our new 24-page Living With Incontinence Guide is a free guide designed to help people, or those they care for, who are living with incontinence. Incontinence is a fact of life for millions of people and we hope the guide will bring helpful information and suggestions on how to cope with the condition while living an every day life.
The guide is packed with information including the signs and symptoms of incontinence, the types of incontinence, its causes and its treatments. It also includes information on how best to manage the condition and the support that is available.
If you would like to receive a free Living With Incontinence Guide please email us your details by clicking here.