Convenient and hygienic, the bags are impregnated with a delicate floral fragrance that effectively masks any unpleasant odours and have a subtle lilac colouring to disguise the contents. Tie close handles ensure Pop-Ins™ are securely closed after use and the attractive dispensing pack, containing 50 bags, is suitable for use in the bathroom, bedroom or when travelling.
• Convenient and hygienic disposal of incontinence pads and pants
• Delicate fragrance to mask any unpleasant odours
• Easy-tie handles to retain contents securely
• Discreet, compact and attractive, value for money pack
• Bag size – 16 x 17cm approx, excluding handles
After the earlier article regarding which Incontinence Pants to use, we have had a number of enquiries regarding the fitting of these products.
Unlike All in One Incontinence pads they are simple to fit and pull up just like normal underwear.
After yesterday’s post, someone enquired as to what Incontinence Pants we offered. For the terms of this article we are talking about disposable incontinence pants or “pull up underwear” as they are often referred to, rather than washable incontinence pants.
Tena Pants come in a wide variety of absorptions, from Tena Pants Discreet for light stress incontinence, through Tena Pants Normal and Tena Pants Plus to Tena Pants Super for heavier conditions, especially urge incontinence. Tena Pants Super is also good for helping to contain faecal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) though as with all incontinence products they won’t absorb faecal matter and will need to be changed once any incident occurs. Lil Incontinence Pants come in Extra, Super and Maxi absorbencies. Again the Maxi absorbency is also suitable for managing faecal conditions.
One advantage of the Lille Incontinence Pants is that all three absorptions are available in an Extra Large Size. However the downside is that only the Maxi absorbancy is available in a Small size in the Lil range.
On the other hand both the Tena Pants Plus and Super ranges offer a small size. The Tena Pants Plus range offers not just Small, Medium and Large sizes but also an Extra Large and an Extra Small size. The Extra Small size is ideal for teenagers and small children who benefit from using pull-up’s rather than more traditional all in one style products.
All our incontinence pant products are unisex and are designed to be worn by both Men and Women.
One question we often receive from customers suprised by our large range of incontinence products is “How do I find the right product?”
Unfortunately it’s very difficult to find the right product first time and often there is a level of trial and error, (which is why we offer our range of sample packs which enable customers to try a wide variety of products), and the general rule is to start with the least absorbent product, and increase absorbency used if you experience leaks.
However for Incontinence pants we have a slightly different recommendation. As the lightest Incontinence Pants (TENA Pants Discreet) are designed for lighter conditions, then they may not be suitable for many customers. Therefore with Incontinence Pants we recommend starting in the middle of the range (e.g. TENA Pants Plus or Lille Pants Extra). If the wearer finds they are still experiencing leaks then they should try the next absorbency level, Super or even Maxi.
As these items can be quite bulky, then if the starting product is more than adequate then the wearer may well want to try the lighter products such as TENA Pants Discreet, as these offer large benefits in terms of discretion, albeit at the expense of absorption, but this trade off is felt to be worth it for many wearers.
Following last week’s post re our You Tube channel for Incontinence Videos, we’ ve received a large number of emails asking if this also covers Tena Pants.
The good news is that it does and there is a video specifically for Tena Pants which can be viewed here. This covers the features and benefits of Tena Pants Discreet, Tena Pants Plus and Tena Pants Super.
Urinary incontinence is a very common problem that affects both men and women. Estimates suggest that more than 50 million people in the developed world are affected by urinary incontinence, although the true figure is difficult to determine as many people are reluctant to discuss their condition, even with their GP.
Severe cases of incontinence are sometimes treated with medication or surgery, but many people find that their condition improves with conservative treatment, including lifestyle changes, pelvic floor muscle exercises and bladder training. Here, we take a look at these conservative approaches, which can often greatly reduce or even remove the need for incontinence supplies.
There are several lifestyle changes that people can try to reduce the symptoms of incontinence, regardless of whether they suffer from urge incontinence – when leakage occurs when the person feels an intense urge to urinate – or stress incontinence, in which the pelvic floor muscles are too weak to prevent urination when the person coughs, laughs or sneezes.
One of the most common pieces of advice given to people with urinary incontinence is to reduce their intake of caffeine. The chemical increases the amount of urine produced by the body, thereby upping the frequency of visits to the toilet, and may also irritate the bladder. Alcohol consumption should also be reduced, as it stimulates the kidneys to produce more urine.
People with incontinence often assume that they should reduce their intake of water, but this can actually have a negative effect. Drinking too little fluid can affect the lower urinary tract and between six and eight glasses per day are recommended for sufferers.
Weight management may also be a useful approach. This can usually be achieved by eating a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, and avoiding sugary, high-fat foods. In addition, regular exercise can help people to lose excess weight and low-impact activities, such as swimming and yoga, may be particularly beneficial for those with stress urinary incontinence.
Pelvic floor muscle exercises
One of the most effective ways to reduce urinary incontinence is to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, as weak or damaged muscles can cause leakage. The pelvic floor muscles surround the bladder and urethra and are used to control the flow of urine. Exercises can be useful for both stress and urge incontinence and can easily be performed at home.
In order to do the exercises, you should sit, stand or lie down with your legs slightly apart. The muscles can be located by imagining you are attempting to stop the flow of urine. Once you have identified the correct muscles, slowly tighten them as hard as possible and hold this squeeze for up to ten seconds before relaxing. This should be repeated approximately ten times, and the set of exercises should be performed three times a day. Results will not be seen immediately as it takes time to strengthen the muscles, but benefits should be noticeable within a few weeks.
People with incontinence are also usually advised to try bladder training, which aims to increase the amount of time between the initial urge to urinate and the actual passing of urine. A bladder training programme can also help to increase the amount of urine that can be held by the bladder and improve control over the need to urinate.
Bladder training is often combined with pelvic floor muscle exercises. In addition, patients are usually taught to delay urination when they feel the urge, starting with a five-minute wait and increasing the length of time by concentrating on breathing and relaxation techniques until the urge passes. Another method of bladder training is to set a schedule of visits to the bathroom, so that the patient uses the toilet at set times, regardless of whether or not they actually feel the urge to urinate.
Self-help techniques can be effective at easing urinary incontinence, but it can often be several weeks before the benefits become apparent. In the meantime, people can choose from a range of incontinence products to help manage their condition and reduce the risk of embarrassing leaks. Both disposable and washable incontinence pads and pants are available, while people with night-time incontinence may want to consider bed protection products, such as washable bed pads or a mattress cover.
A procedure that uses mesh tape to relieve stress urinary incontinence is more likely to be effective in premenopausal women than those who have been through the menopause, a study has found.
Stress incontinence is one of the most common types of urinary incontinence, which affects about 13 per cent of women to some extent.
It occurs when the pelvic floor muscles become too weak to prevent the leakage of urine, particularly when the bladder comes under pressure during coughing, sneezing, laughing or heavy lifting, and is common in women who have previously given birth.
Midurethral synthetic slings, such as the transobturator tape, have become the most commonly performed procedure for women with stress incontinence, according to background material in the article, which is published in the Korean Journal of Urology.
However, little is known about the relative effectiveness of the minimally invasive procedure in premenopausal women compared with postmenopausal patients.
To shed light on the issue, scientists at the Baskent University School of Medicine in Ankara, Turkey, studied 45 premenopausal women (average age 44) and a further 49 volunteers (average age 60) who had already been through the menopause.
All of the participants received treatment for stress incontinence between 2004 and 2010.
The researchers found that average operation times and hospital stays varied little between the two groups of patients.
Similarly, there was no significant difference in the rate of complications between pre- and postmenopausal women.
However, when asked about the extent to which they were satisfied with their operation’s outcome, premenopausal women tended to report higher levels of satisfaction than their older counterparts.
The study authors concluded: “The transobturator tape operation appeared to be more effective in premenopausal women with stress urinary incontinence.
“However, further studies with larger sample sizes are needed to confirm our results.”
Urinary incontinence is a common condition, with research suggesting that around 13 per cent of UK women are affected to some extent. One of the most important known risk factors for female incontinence is childbirth, with a significant proportion of women relying on incontinence supplies during pregnancy, immediately after giving birth and, in some cases, for months or even years to come. Here, we take a closer look at the problem, possible reasons for the links between pregnancy, childbirth and incontinence, and ways in which women can manage their condition. 90
Incontinence during pregnancy
The extra weight that is placed on the bladder during pregnancy typically causes women to urinate more often than usual. However, some also experience urinary incontinence and depend on products such as Tena Pants Super. The reasons for this are not yet fully understood; it may be that the weight of pregnancy causes incontinence, or that hormonal fluctuations contribute to the problem. In most cases, the incontinence resolves itself soon after giving birth, although some women continue to experience problems.
Risk factors for persistent incontinence
A number of factors relating to pregnancy and childbirth can increase the risk of ongoing female incontinence. Pregnancy itself is a known risk factor for urinary incontinence, with research indicating that women who develop stress incontinence during pregnancy or in the first six weeks after their baby’s birth are more likely to still be experiencing problems five years later.
There is evidence to suggest that a vaginal birth – as opposed to having a caesarean section – may be associated with an increased risk of stress incontinence, although studies have produced conflicting results. For instance, a recent investigation published in the obstetrics journal BJOG by British scientists found that women who delivered exclusively by caesarean section were only slightly less likely to have urinary incontinence than those who only had vaginal births. In fact, 40 per cent of caesarean-only patients who took part in the ProLong Study still reported urinary incontinence.
Other pregnancy-related factors that may increase the risk of incontinence include giving birth to a high number of children and having babies with a higher-than-average birth weight.
Treatment and management
Women are usually advised to do pelvic floor exercises to strengthen the muscles that control urination and reduce the risk of stress incontinence. In order to exercise the muscles, women should pretend they are trying to stop the flow of urine, holding this squeeze for about ten seconds. This should be repeated for three or four sets of ten contractions each day in order to strengthen the pelvic floor musculature. Results will not be seen immediately, but women should start to notice the benefits within a few weeks.
Women who are still experiencing bladder problems several weeks after giving birth should speak to their doctor, as they may require treatment. This may include medication, such as the anti-depressant duloxetine, which is thought to interfere with chemicals involved in the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscles around the urethra so that they contract more strongly.
In certain cases, doctors may recommend surgery to tighten or support the muscles around the urethra. Surgery usually has a high rate of success, but it usually not considered until other treatment options, including pelvic floor exercises, lifestyle changes and medication, have failed to provide relief.
Women with pregnancy-related incontinence have a range of products to choose from to help manage their condition on a day-to-day basis. Products include disposable incontinence pads, such as Cottons Comforts Pantyliners and Cottons Comforts Light, and washable products such as Ladies Cotton Briefs with extra absorbent built-in pads. Selecting the right incontinence supplies can greatly improve women’s quality of life and enable them to get out and about without fear of embarrassment.
Scientists in the US are conducting a study to see whether a new approach may benefit men undergoing prostate cancer surgery.
Around 37,000 men are affected by prostate cancer each year in the UK and many require surgery to remove the gland.
Figures suggest that as many as one in five men who undergo radical prostatectomy to remove their prostate gland subsequently experience minor long-term urinary incontinence,
while a further five per cent have more serious problems.
Surgeons at the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine believe that a biodegradable ‘sling’ may help to prevent this outcome and reduce the chances of male incontinence after prostate cancer surgery.
They are conducting the first study to test the approach, which provides support to the bladder neck and urethra after the prostate gland has been removed.
Around 80 patients are taking part in the study at the IU Health University Hospital and the IU Health North Hospital.
Half of patients had a ‘sling’ inserted during their robotic prostate surgery, while the remaining 50 per cent received standard care and no sling.
Participants are now being followed for a period of time to see whether or not they develop lasting urinary problems.
If found to be effective, the technique’s use could become widespread to help reduce the risk of incontinence in men with prostate cancer.
Dr Chandru Sundaram, professor of urology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, explained: “The most important concerns for patients coming in for a prostate removal are twofold: incontinence and erectile function.”
The expert added that the sling concept itself is not new, but that this is the first time it has been used to reduce the risk of male incontinence following prostate cancer surgery.
Women who are overweight when they give birth appear to be at greater risk of developing ongoing stress urinary incontinence than those with a lower body mass index (BMI), a study has found.
A significant proportion of women develop incontinence either during their pregnancy, immediately after giving birth, or several years later.
There are several reasons for this, including damage to the nerves that control the bladder during pregnancy and childbirth, and the movement of the urethra and bladder to accommodate the growing baby.
These problems can lead to stress incontinence, in which the pelvic floor muscles become too weak to prevent urination, causing leakage when the woman’s bladder comes under pressure, such as when they cough, sneeze or laugh.
Scientists at Donostia Hospital in Guipuzcoa, Spain, set out to investigate factors that may increase the risk of persistent stress urinary incontinence during the first two years after giving birth.
They recruited 272 women, all of whom were pregnant for the first time, between April and October 2007.
Of these, 26 women (9.5 per cent) were still affected by stress urinary incontinence two years after giving birth.
In the majority of cases, the stress incontinence was slight or moderate and women reported that the impact on their quality of life was small.
When the scientists looked for possible risk factors, they found that the only one associated with an increased risk of persistent stress urinary incontinence was BMI.
Publishing their findings in the International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, the study authors concluded: “Higher BMI in pregnant women at term was an independent risk factor for the persistence of stress urinary incontinence from pregnancy to two years post-partum.”