A Bedfordshire company has been cleared of breaching advertising regulations with a radio ad for male incontinence pads.
SCA Hygiene Products’ ad for Tena Men pads said that male bladder weakness “may be hard to talk about, but it’s easy to do something about”.
A listener complained to the Advertising Standards Authority that the ad could discourage men from seeking treatment for what could be a serious health problem.
Dunstable-based SCA agreed that male bladder weakness could be a symptom of a serious condition but said the ad was designed to raise awareness of the condition and to encourage more men to seek medical advice.
The radio industry’s ad clearance body said the commercial was not likely to discourage men from getting medical treatment for incontinence.
ASA agreed, and ruled that the ad did not imply the product could treat bladder weakness or other, potentially more serious, health problems.
There are many ways to prevent and treat urinary incontinence. But sometimes doing Kegel exercises, maintain a healthy diet and keeping a bladder diary might not be enough. That is when incontinence products come into play.
Incontinence products have evolved over the years and are now designed specifically for different types of incontinence. They range from panty liners to protective underwear.
Light bladder leakage or temporary incontinence (stress incontinence and urge incontinence) can be protected with an incontinence pad or a panty liner while more severe types of incontinence require stronger measures like the use of adult diapers.
Adult diapers are not what they used to be and can be worn discreetly. They are available in different levels of absorption and thickness. Adult diapers now come in a full range from night time to swim products; now they even offer styles that look and feel more like underwear.
There are unisex incontinence products but for a more specific type of protection and for discretion we recommend you purchase products designed specifically for your gender.
Incontinence products can be found at any high street pharmacy or grocery store. But if you feel a little embarrassed to buy incontinence products at your local shops, there is no need to worry. You can purchase your incontinence products online with discretion from the comfort of your own home.
As you can see there are many ways to protect yourself from unexpected leakages and above all Incontinence is nothing to be ashamed. If you are experiencing leakage episodes during your daily activities, you should never keep it to your self. Go and consult your doctor about it.
Childbirth is the most wonderful experience a woman can have in her entire life but for a small minority this experience can leave lasting injuries that will degrade their lifestyle.
One of these injuries is called obstetric fistula – a fissure, or hole, between her rectal and vaginal passages that can damage nerves cutting brain communication with the bladder leading to a severe case or urinary incontinence.
Such problem is not very common here in the UK but a recent article on The Guardian caught our attention and we decided to share it with our readers.
The article “Torn Apart by Childbirth” tells the story of Mel who had a problematic delivery that caused her change ever since. Sex is difficult and painful; she rarely goes out socially, and she has only been able to return to work in the last two months.
Despite Mel’s case being a rare one, birth injuries that lead to long term or permanent damage are more common that many people think. One study found that between 25 and 40% of patients will have a birth injury of some kind if you actually look for it. It’s much more widespread than anyone believes.
Many women suffer in silence and here is where the problem needs to be tackled. We’ve heard from women in their 50′s that gave birth in their 30′s and have lived with faecal incontinence all this time and done nothing because they thought they were freaks.
Maureen Treadwell at the Birth Trauma Association agrees: each week, she says, her organisation hears from women who haven’t known where to turn for advice before. “It’s a totally hidden problem, and it affects women’s lives in devastating ways,” she says. “Many of the women who contact us have rectal as well as urinary incontinence, and they can’t have sex . . . for some, their relationship totally breaks down as a result of it all. Women tell us it makes them feel dirty; it wrecks their work, their home and their social life. And it’s a total taboo.”
Every day we hear from people that are ashamed of their condition and don’t seek help because they simply don’t have the confidence to do so. For years now here at All About Incontinence we have been stressing out the fact that Incontinence is nothing to be ashamed off and it is TREATABLE.
Our aim here is to help you feel more confident through giving you the best incontinence products for reliable protection and the right information to help you understand and manage your condition.
Shopping for incontinence products online has never been so easy, safe and discreet. But there are still some concerns surrounding this matter which I aim to debunk them with my list of tips, for those willing to shop for their incontinence products from the privacy and safety of their homes.
One of the biggest myths that surround internet shopping is the fear that the website owner will leak your credit card details with the World Wide Web. Gone were the days that internet shopping was insecure; nowadays you can rest assured that your credit card details will be kept safely by the shopping site’s owner. To cut a long story short there are strict rules and punishments for those who share or make inappropriate use of third parties credit card details.
Now that we know that online shopping is safer than ever it is time to go online and start shopping online for those incontinence products that you need. I’ll use Google as a reference for this article but feel free to use the search engine of your choice.
Unless you already know a website that sells incontinence products my suggestion is to head over to Google and search for the products you normally use. For first timers a simple search for “incontinence products” will return a handful of trustworthy websites where you can do your online shopping.
Now that you have a list of websites where you can buy your products from it is time to analyse each one thoroughly. Start by reading the About Us and shopping policy pages then take a look at the testimonials page assuming they have one. To get a real feedback go to Google Local Search and do a search with the sites name this will return a list of “real” reviews about the given site.
It is also very important to look for seals (logos) that indicate that the site is verified of certain institutions that guarantee the safety of your online shopping. The most commons are SafeBuy which provides an online certificate and Internet Shopping Is Safe or ISIS Accreditation.
Does the website offer a costumer helpline where buyers can phone and talk to real people to clarify any doubts they might have? If the answer is yes that is another point in favour for the given site.
Before you start buying your incontinence products from the website of your choice there are a couple more things to keep in mind. Check the payment options, their return policy and don’t be overwhelmed by the fact that it offers free delivery to any UK mainland address.
When it comes do the delivery of your incontinence products what counts the most is the discretion, although incontinence is nothing to ashamed of.
With that you are ready to start shopping for your incontinence products from the tranquillity of your own home. Have you got any questions you would like to ask about incontinence products? Feel free to ask your question in the comments below.
One of the most popular myths surrounding incontinence is that it is a health condition experienced only by women. That is so not true, men can suffer from incontinence too and this is what I’m going to talk about in this article. Another common myth that surrounds incontinence is the fact that many people think it is a health condition that only appears when we get old, but that is subject for another article.
Be it for men or women, incontinence is an uncomfortable health condition that lowers individual quality of life. If the person experiencing it is not properly instructed he or she can fall into deep depression because in most cases, the person suffering from incontinence might feel ashamed and start to de-socialise.
If you are experiencing leakages or bladder control problems or happen to know someone that does the first thing to do is to talk to a doctor about it, more specifically an urologist. He or she will be able to diagnose the type of incontinence and the best treatment to it.
Male incontinence is slightly different form women’s due to obvious reasons, but one thing that suits both is the fact that it is common in both genres and it is nothing to be ashamed of.
There are two major types of male incontinence, urinary and faecal. The first one can be divided in sub-categories just like for women and the latter is probably the worst type of them all as it lowers the individual quality of life to really low levels.
As afore mentioned urinary incontinence is divided into sub-categories such as: Urge, Stress, Overflow or Dip, Reflex and Mixed. To discuss each one of them would make this article too long so I’ll keep succinct and detail each one of in another article.
Now that we talked about types and management it is time to take a look at male incontinence products. The industry has evolved and pants, pads and other protective products are less bulky than ever and can be used without worrying that people will notice.
Shopping for incontinence products has also become easier and more discreet with hundreds of websites offering complete range of products from shaped pads to disposable bed protection sheets. The wide majority of these websites offer a discreet shopping and delivery method and others even walk the extra mile by offering a free advice service.
To sum things up it is important to notice that all advice offered by these websites can only be considered as an opinion. For a proper diagnose always consult you GP, Practice Nurse or Continence Advisor.
Allanda’s commitment towards a sustainable society begins by choosing incontinence products manufacturers that strive to maximise the performance of incontinence care for customers and consumers, simultaneously, minimising the impact on our environment.
Tena the UK’s leading incontinence products manufacturer for men and women is one of these manufacturers which we are proud to work with. Tena is part of SCA, a worldwide leading manufacturer of personal care products, tissue, packaging and Forest Products.
SCA has been consistently nominated for awards in recognition of their environmental responsibility. For SCA sustainability is not just a fancy word.
SCA commitment to a sustainable society starts with the responsible sourcing of raw materials. Since 1997, SCA have continuously audited suppliers to ensure that all had an environmental policy and made no use of hazardous chemicals. In 2004 SCA introduced a Code of Conduct to be followed by all of its suppliers.
With a Wood Sourcing Policy, they apply sustainable forest management principles to promote the preservation of forest health and diversity. In addition, the SCA only use timber from known resources. Finally, the SCA encourages their suppliers to reduce their carbon footprint by becoming more energy efficient.
Fewer materials and fewer products lead to less waste!
Minimising product weight and the consequences of incontinence also minimises waste and landfill. Tena range of incontinence products suit all waste treatment systems and are ideal for energy recovery.
Tena also believes that reducing consequences of incontinence leads to less waste. At Tena there is an important distinction between incontinence protection products and incontinence care as whole, reason why they have a whole section of their website dedicated to assist people with incontinence and for those helping incontinent people. By taking on this broader perspective, we can do more towards a sustainable society.
An Australian company named Simavita has created the world’s first pair of electronic underwear, meant to alert carers about patient’s incontinent episodes.
This brilliant innovation was designed to make assessment easier, simpler and more accurate for carers as well as more effective and less embarrassing for users.
Significantly, apart from improving the quality of life for aged care residents and those who care for them, the SIMsystem™ can save more than 50% of the cost of labour associated with manual continence assessments. Thereby providing that all important additional time for greater focus on other activities in the care of the aging person.
How it works
Simavita CEO Philippa Lewis said:
“We developed SIMsystem to provide greater comfort and dignity to the elderly while aiming to significantly lower costs for aged care facilities.”
Simavita is a company established to develop solutions that improve quality of life across the Global Healthcare Spectrum.
Here at All About Incontinence we only work with the best incontinence products manufacturers. As many of you already know TENA is UK’s number 1 bladder weakness and incontinence expert and we are proud to be an authorised dealer for TENA’s incontinence products range.
What makes TENA special? In this article we will bring you the answer for this question and more about the UK’s leading incontinence products manufacturer.
The reason for such a great success lies on continuous and comprehensive understanding of incontinence patients needs. TENA is always hearing what women and healthcare patients have to say on how to evolve and improve their incontinence products to meet the changing needs in terms of security, comfort and discretion.
Odour Control™ means guaranteed freshness Close
The distinctive smell from urine comes from the bacteria which produce ammonia to create an acrid odour that cannot simply be masked by perfume. TENA’s Odour Control™ is designed to reduce the growth of bacteria eliminating odours for freshness and confidence.
The Range to fit your body and your lifestyle
Different people have different needs, TENA developed a range of products of various shapes, sizes and absorbency levels to suit all kinds of activities and body shapes for comfort and confidence in any situation.
Micro technology allows for ultra discretion
For years scientists have been making just about everything smaller. It’s amazing what you can pack into a small package, just think of your mobile phone.
The same is true of TENA: thousands of micro absorbents give a far greater absorption and retention capacity relative to the size of the product. TENA’s smaller incontinence products are just 3mm thick and yet have the capacity to absorb as much as an espresso cup full of liquid whilst staying invisible even under tight fitting clothes.
TENA products are designed to manage the specific properties of urine – so they are generally two sizes smaller than the equivalent absorbency level of sanitary towel, making them the more discreet and effective choice every time.
Faster absorption means nothing escapes
Urine is thin and fast flowing and can leak on to clothes in an instant without the right kind of protection. TENA products are engineered with high-speed surface inlets for rapid absorption to avoid the risk of leakage.
Got questions about TENA’s incontinence products range or any other question about incontinence? Don’t hesitate to ask them on our comments section and one of our incontinence experts will answer them as soon as possible.
Comedian and movie star Whoopi Goldberg has played many roles in her acting life but her latest perhaps is the most daring and touching of them all.
The star of Sister Act 1 and 2 will be the new face and voice of an American incontinence product manufacturer. Whoopi Goldberg will star in a series of webisodes that will talk about incontinence products and incontinence itself.
In the video below Whoopi talks to Missy Lavender, founder of the Women’s Health Foundation, about light bladder leakage or as Whoopi calls it the “sprits”. You can also see a preview of the webisodes that will be online soon.
Incontinence can come as an especially cruel blow to those in later life. It’s important to everyone that we grow old gracefully and enjoy our golden years by staying active and independent.
Unfortunately the reality is that the odds of developing various forms of incontinence – either naturally or as a consequence of surgery or illness – get higher with age.
However, forty years ago sufferers of this condition would have had very few available options to manage their incontinence compared with the vast array of incontinence-focused products available that are available today.
Incontinence products were once a case of one-size-fits-all and designed for heavy cases and were therefore too conspicuous for wearers to reasonably feel comfortable in – in both a physical and psychological sense.
Today’s products often carry the same misconception. However, the reality is modern incontinence products come in a range of shapes, styles, sizes and levels of absorption.
The other significant difference between now and then is the level of discretion online retailers can maintain for its customers.
People in need of such purchases no longer have to face any embarrassment of stocking up in front of strangers.
In all, the mentality surrounding incontinence has significantly moved on and rightly so, because so have the products themselves. There is a growing market built around different that offer the best solution that can give the confidence to go about living an active and rewarding life.