Making regular trips to the toilet to try to avoid incontinence episodes can be extremely tiring, not to mention frustrating.
One of the problems with incontinence and/or frequent urination is that it sometimes has the effect of discouraging people from drinking sufficient fluids, which can then lead on to dehydration.
Of course maintaining proper hydration is important, but so is staying dry, and on occasion, the need for frequent urination can end up resulting in light incontinence, especially in the elderly.
To help prevent frequent urination evolving into incontinence, there are some simple things that can be done to reduce the frequency of urination or the feeling of the need to urinate. Caffeine and alcohol are among the many foods that irritate the bladder, leading to incontinence. Both of these drinks are also diuretics, which encourage the body to lose liquids. Medications for high blood pressure are normally diuretics also, which can exacerbate the frequent urination symptoms, again leading to incontinence.
There are also a number of diseases that can manifest themselves as frequent urination (in turn leading to incontinence), so this is another reason that it is important to discuss any incontinence problem with your health professional. Two common causes are Diabetes and kidney disease, even more common is a urinary tract infection. In men frequent urination is frequently the result of an enlarged prostate gland, which again often leads way to light adult incontinence.
If there is any discomfort connected with frequent trips to the toilet, then you should seek medical advice immediately.
However, for the elderly, especially as mobility becomes an issue, frequent urination can be just the start a pattern of incontinence. If there is no infection or disease, then there are several things that can be done to address the problem of incontinence. Limiting liquid intake, but still ensuring that enough fluids are being consumed to remain healthy in line with guidelines, can be a start. Next, increasing the holding capacity of the bladder by gradually extending the time in between trips to the bathroom. This can be done by stretching the time by about fifteen minutes and increase the duration every week.
If medication that works as a diuretic is being taken then discuss with the doctor the option of taking this earlier in the day. This will help prevent waking throughout the night needing to go to the bathroom, or risk an incontinence episode like bedwetting.
Urinary incontinence products should effectively deal with the leakage of urine no matter whether the incontinence experienced is mild, moderate or severe.
Incontinence pad choice can be difficult because it depends on many factors. Obviously , the quantity of urine loss is the largest factor, but with so many products on the market today other factors can also taken into consideration.
Also important is ease of use, and also your lifestyle and mobility level. The best female incontinence pad might not be a good solution for someone experiencing male incontinence.
Odour control is also essential, and virtually all disposable products have this feature nowadays. Due to their re-usable nature, Washable products do not feature odour contol, and are really only suitable for lighter urinary incontinence. The cost, comfort and durability of incontinence products, all to come into the equation.
The exploration of these factors is crucial for you to find the best incontinence products for your needs.
A few days ago we brought you the news that Whoopi Goldberg would be starring in a series of webisodes to inform and help women experiencing light-bladder-leakage (stress urinary incontinence).
Today we bring you the first of these webisodes with Whoopi dressed as Mona Lisa. The former Golden Globe winner deals with this serious matter that affects 1 in 3 women in a fun way that hopefully will incite women experiencing LBL (light bladder leakage) to go and see a doctor or at least talk to someone about it.
A new Cochrane review found that disposable insert pads are most effective in the management of light urinary incontinence in women.
The review’s findings, reveal that for leakage prevention, overall acceptability and preference, disposable inserts were best for light urinary incontinence.
Of the 85 women taking part in the study the majority preferred the disposable insert pads, but some preferred the other cheaper designs.
The review’s authors concluded that allowing women to choose their preferred design of absorbent product would be more cost-effective and would provide better patient satisfaction than the provision of disposable insert pads alone.
The authors said that light urinary incontinence can be difficult to define because urine volumes, flow and frequency rates may vary while still being considered ‘light’. A practical definition is urine loss that can be contained within a small absorbent pad.
A while back, Ulrika Jonsson revealed she experienced LAI or light adult incontinence after three of her four pregnancies, now another actress revealed she suffered from incontinence shortly after giving birth to her second child.
Helena Bonham Carter, better known as Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter movies, admitted that she struggled during filming. The 43 year old star said that in every scene she had to scream, she had to put on incontinence pants to prevent leakage.
These were her exact words:
“I was ill-equipped as I’d just had a baby. I wasn’t very fit. You have pelvic floor problems after having a baby and bladder control is minimal. Every time I screamed I wore nappies.”
Helena admits she should have taken more time off after giving birth, but only three months after having the baby she was hauled off to the set to film the latest screen instalment of the JK Rowlings’ novels.
Both cases are perfect examples of incontinence being quite usual and not just an age issue, the most important thing is anyone experiencing any kind of incontinence episodes should seek help and where better to come – Allanda, the site offering incontinence help and advice, F A Q’s and information on incontinence products.
There are several reasons why women can experience LAI or light adult incontinence, such as a leaky valve at the bottom of the bladder or a weak or damaged pelvic floor muscles, which can be a result from childbirth. In simple words, LAI occurs when the bladder stops working properly or a women loose control over it.
A research conducted in Ireland indicates that women tend to feel less confident when experiencing LAI, with 11% suffering from depression and one in ten experiencing problem with their sex lives.
However, the biggest concern from doctors and researchers is still the fact that many women are too embarrassed to talk about LAI. One in five women never sought or thought that medical help was available for their condition, while 60% of those women were worried that others will see them as old.
Dr David Lewis, a UK stress specialist and psychologist explained:
“Stress, anxiety and depression are clearly the unwelcome traveling companions for so many women with LAI. As a result their LAI is likely to be exacerbated and their self-image harmed by a health problem many associate with the stigma of aging. The only way to break out of this vicious circle is first by becoming more open and then by actively exploring the many treatments now available.”
With many treatments available and a success rate higher than 70%, women experiencing light adult incontinence should approach their GP or practice nurse to talk about it.
According to the research, half of the women who asked for help had built up the courage to talk about it reducing their feelings of stress and embarrassment.
During Ulrika Jonsson’s research in to Light Adult Incontinence (LAI), she discovered that she wasn’t the only woman that had experienced the condition.
The star talked to one woman, Louise Mills who shared also experienced LAI after childbirth but didn’t tell anyone about it at the time, because she was so embarassed.
Ulrika explains: ‘She didn’t seek help for many reasons. First, she thought this was to be expected after childbirth. As women we are trained to expect pain and suffering on a lifelong scale, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Second, she lacked the confidence to draw attention to the problem, either with friends or with her GP, out of sheer embarrassment.’
‘Louise’s symptoms became so bad that she began to plan her days around her condition – not going anywhere too far from a toilet; being careful not to do too much running, lifting or even walking and being scrupulous about personal hygiene.’
Ulrika has also kept quiet about her incontinence until now, it is a shame so many women feel embarassed by the condition because it is so common.
In a revealing article written for the Daily Mail, TV star Ulrika Jonsson reveals a very intimate health secret that embarrassed her for many years, LAI or light adult incontinence.
Mother of four Ulrika admits it that had never heard of such condition until recently, let alone talk about it; she always thought it was something you had to put up with after childbirth.
Ulrika reveals that she suffered light adult incontinence after three of four of her pregnancies and how she overcame the problem after talking to her GP and husband about it.
In Ulrika’s case simple pelvic floor exercises were enough to improve her condition, but each case is different, so she incites women to talk to their GP about LAI or light adult incontinence in order to get the appropriate treatment.
She also takes the opportunity to talk about the Always Envive Sense and Sensitivity Campaign, a campaign aimed to break the taboo around light adult incontinence and to get women talking.
For more info on this campaign visit www.alwaysenvive.co.uk.