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Tena Pants Video

29.12.2011 | Posted in: Allanda, Incontinence, Incontinence Video, Tena, Tena Pants | Author: Colin

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.

Christmas Opening and Deliveries.

23.12.2011 | Posted in: Allanda | Author: Colin

To offer the best service to our customers we remain open throughout most of the Christmas Period, so other than weekends we are only closing on 26th, 27th December and 2nd January for the bank holidays. (We will close at 12pm on 23rd December as well). Our website remains live throughout the entire period.

Merry Christmas from AllandaOrders received after 12pm on 23rd December will be despatched when we re-open on 28th December.

Please also remember that if your order is under £25 (as per our usual terms and conditions) it may be sent by Royal Mail and these deliveries may take up to a week during December.

As we reach the end of 2011, we’d also like to thank everyone of our many thousands of customers for choosing Allanda.

We hope you find the many improvements we’ve made on our website and delivery beneficial and we will be making many more improvements during 2012 to make your life even easier. Click here to go to our home page at


More Choice of Incontinence products

23.12.2011 | Posted in: News | Author: Colin

When it comes to Incontinence choice, we aim to have to the broadest range in the UK. We know that having a wide selection of Incontinence pads and Incontinence pads to choose from is important to our customers as this enables you to find the best product for your needs. This can be in terms of size, fit or level of mobility, etc. but we are very aware of the impact that finding the right product can have, especially in terms of leakage security. With the full Tena range, available plus products from many other manufacturers, we aim to have more incontinence choice than any other web or catalogue supplier.

Tena Flex range available in Plus, Super and Maxi absorbencies

22.12.2011 | Posted in: Incontinence, Incontinence Products, Tena, Tena Flex | Author: Colin

With Belted All in One Incontinence Pads (otherwise known as “Flex” products) becoming increasingly widely used to manage heavier incontinence conditions we’ve broadened our range to include the full Tena Flex range.

Tena Belted All in One Incontinence Pad

Tena Flex fitting

These products are particularly easy to put on, due to the integrated Velcro belt system, to which the pad hooks on at the front, making it particularly easy to fix the pad closely to the body. At the same time, the Velcro means that the pad can be dropped away for regular toilet use without removing the product from the body entirely. These benefits make Flex pads easier to use than traditional All in One (Slip type) pads, especially for those who are mobile. The other key benefit is that Flex Incontinence Pads can be put on in the seated or standing position as well.
You can download a full fitting guide at Tena Flex Fitting Guide

The full range of Tena Flex is:

Maxi – Available in Small,Medium, Large or Extra Large.

Super- Available in Small, Medium, Large or Extra Large.

Plus – Available in Small, Medium, Large or Extra Large.

Tena Flex Range – now all products available

21.12.2011 | Posted in: Allanda, News, Tena | Author: Colin


Tena Flex

Tena Flex

Allanda now offer the full range of Tena Flex Belted Incontinence Pads.

We’ve added the Plus and Super absorbencies alongside Maxi, and all sizes are now available from Small, through Medium and Large to Extra Large.

We’ll go into more detail about these tomorrow but in the meanwhile you can see the full range on our website –


You can see more about how to use Tena Flex and it’s benefits on video on our YouTube channel.

Darren Fletcher and Lewis Moody experiencing Ulcerative Colitis

14.12.2011 | Posted in: Advice, Faecal Incontinence, faecal Incontinence, Female Incontinence, Incontinence, News, Ulcerative Colitis | Author: Colin
Ulcerative Colitis

Darren Fletcher

The announcement by Manchester United, the Scottish Midfield Dynamo is suffering from Ulcerative Colitis is sad news for both himself and also the team but it does help increase awareness of this disabilitating condition amongst the general public.

Talking to the Guardian Newspaper, Dr. Ian Arnott,  a leading specialist in ulcerative colitis and consultant gastroenterologist at the Western General hospital in Edinburgh said:

“Ulcerative colitis can be a very disabling condition and leaves people weak, tired, frustrated and lacking energy. It can change people’s lives completely. They can’t be very far from the toilet so aren’t able to go out very much. Patients tell me that when they go to a nearby town or city, they know exactly where every toilet is, because they often get very little warning about needing to go to the toilet. It can mean that people have accidents with their bowel motions. It’s an embarrassing condition – it’s a difficult subject to talk to people about.”

Ulcerative colitis is inflammation of the large intestine (both the colon and rectum) accompanied by development of ulcers in this area which can have a tendency to bleed. These are what can cause the common symptoms of the condition, diarrhoea and passing blood and mucus, often accompanied by stomach pains.

The cause is not known and the condition can affect anyone, though some believe it to be genetically linked as it is often common amongst relatives. One common belief is that some factor such as food, atmospheric pollution or stress may trigger the immune system to cause inflammation in the large intestine in people who are genetically prone to developing the disease.

People who live with the condition will have good periods of remission when they feel normal, this can last up to a month or even a few years – and bad periods when they feel dreadful and can be forced to go to the toilet six, eight or even 10 times a day, including nightime.

About 2 in 1,000 people in the UK develop Ulcearative Colitis and it can develop at any age but most commonly first develops between the ages of 10 and 40 years old. Statistically non-smokers are more likely to get Ulecerative Colitis than smokers though smoking obviously brings other dangers to health which far outweigh this benefit.

Crohn’s disease also has similar symptoms, and the two conditions are referred to together as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). One in 200 people in the UK develop IBD, so around 300,000 have that overall.

To diagnose Ulcerative Colitis the normal test is for a doctor to look inside the large intestine by passing a special telescope into the rectum and colon.  A stool sample is also commonly done during each flare-up and sent to test for bacteria and other infecting germs.

When Ulcerative Colitis is first developed it is usual to take medication until symptoms clear. After that a course of medication is then usually taken each time symptoms flare up. The drug selected depends on both the severity of the symptoms and the location of the inflammation, other drugs may be advised to take daily to prevent further flare-ups which reduce by up to 50% the likelihood of experiencing a flare-up.

About 25% of people with the condition need surgery at some stage, the most common procedure is the removal of the large intestine.

Although not related to incontinence the condition shares many similarities in that view people talk about the condition, former England Rugby Captain, Lewis Moody has also now come forward and talked about his own experiences of the condition, including how he tried to hide it. “There was no way I was going to let my secret out to a bunch of rugby players who would then mock me mercilessly. I ended up hiding it from them for three years and I slumped into a state of depression.”

However sharing your experiences can help and Moody admitted that hiding it hadn’t been helpful. “Eventually, I decided to tell my best friend at Leicester, Geordan Murphy. He had guessed something was up. He was sympathetic, of course, but he didn’t overdo it. Geordan made me realise that perhaps it had not been the best course to keep everything to myself.  Slowly, events made it inevitable that others would know. The England management were more than understanding, as were the Leicester coaching team when I finally mustered the courage to tell them. Ironically, I became less stressed about my condition when people knew about it. Being stubborn about it and keeping it a secret had simply made life harder for myself.”

The need to know the location of toilets wherever you travel is also shared, and regular toilet use is important as well, as well as the use of absorbent incontinence products when necessary to give confidence.

Self-help techniques for urinary incontinence

12.12.2011 | Posted in: Incontinence, News | Author: Colin

Issue Codes Incontinence Accessories and Hygiene

Issue Codes Incontinence Accessories and Hygiene

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.

Lifestyle changes
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.

Bladder training
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.

Incontinence supplies
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.

Mums ‘need not put up with incontinence’

07.12.2011 | Posted in: Female Incontinence, Incontinence, News, Pelvic Floor Exercises, Pelvic Floor Muscles, Pregnancy, Pregnant, Stress Incontinence | Author: Colin
Incontinence Products for Women

Issue Codes Incontinence Products for Women

Women who have given birth should not view urinary incontinence as an avoidable part of motherhood, it has been claimed.

Noreen Dockery, a chartered physiotherapist who specialises in rehabilitating the pelvic floor, told the Irish Independent that female incontinence is a “very common” problem.

She revealed that a greater number of women are choosing to seek help for incontinence nowadays, but that she still sees patients who wait until their children are teenagers before getting advice.

According to Ms Dockery, it is “far preferential” to deal with post-pregnancy incontinence a few months after a woman has given birth.

“It is hard for women, though, especially with a new baby; but, if it’s left too late, symptoms can deteriorate, especially in menopause when the muscle tone gets more relaxed and hormones are involved,” she explained.

Ms Dockery revealed that one of the goals of physiotherapy for this condition is to lengthen or relax the woman’s pelvic floor muscles so that they are no longer in spasm.

“The pelvic floor muscles are very much connected to the abdominal muscles, and releasing tension here can have a major effect on the tension found in the pelvic floor,” she told the news provider.

“Most patients feel their pelvic floor is weak but in actual fact the resting tension or already elevated tone prevents the muscle from lifting any higher.”

The physiotherapist also emphasised the fact that women with female incontinence should not feel isolated, as many other women suffer from the same issues after having children.

Studies suggest that about 13 per cent of women in the UK are affected by urinary incontinence to some extent, along with five per cent of men.

There are a number of other risk factors for incontinence alongside childbirth, including age, depression and a high intake of caffeine.

Mesh tape procedure ‘more effective in premenopausal women’

06.12.2011 | Posted in: News | Author: Colin
Incontinence Products for Women

Issue Codes Incontinence Products for Women

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.”

Pregnancy, childbirth and urinary incontinence

05.12.2011 | Posted in: Female Incontinence, Incontinence, News, Pregnancy, Pregnant | Author: Colin

Incontinence Products for Women
Issue Codes Incontinence Products for Women

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.

Incontinence supplies
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.