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New product in TENA Men range now in stock!

17.12.2015 | Posted in: Bladder Incontinence, Disposable Incontinence Pads, TENA Men | Author: Colin

TENA have introduced a new product in their TENA Men range – the TENA Men Protective Shield (Level 0).

The discreet shaped Incontinence Pad for men is for very light incontinence/bladder weakness (occasional drops). It is extra thin, with a unique black design and is the most discreet product in the TENA Men range. The extra light absorbency control is ideal for security against small leaks. TENA Men Protective Shield Level 0 is specially engineered for the male anatomy, with an extra thin discreet fit. The product features a secure absorbent core that locks in drips and dribbles, keeping the user dry, fresh and confident.

Remember, we also offer more absorbent pads in the TENA Men range: Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.

To find out more or to purchase products in the TENA Men range, please click here.

What Your Aging Parents Aren’t Telling You: incontinence

14.12.2015 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence | Author: Colin

“I am incontinent.”

When people discuss the things that scare them about aging, the idea of not having control over one’s bladder is typically among the pack. We imagine that when we get to that point, our life may not be worth living.

Of course, that’s not the case. But if your parent is struggling with bladder control they might be embarrassed to talk about it. Here’s a few ways to help them if you suspect incontinence is an issue.

1. Bring it up – If you notice it might be an issue, pick a time when you can sit down privately to discuss the matter. Opening the door to discussing the problem can be a great way to let them know it is a normal problem for many people.

2. Offer solutions – Once you’ve discussed it with your parent, try to figure out how you can help them manage their incontinence. This might require you to do a little research on your own. What products are available that could help your parent? What is the cost of incontinence aids? There can be a lot of variables. It is important not to make any assumptions.

3. Suggest a doctor visit – It can be very difficult to convince a parent to go to the doctor, especially over something that can be seen as embarrassing, such as incontinence. But it is wise to suggest it because incontinence can be a sign of a more serious health problem. It also can be treatable in some cases.

Incontinence can affect people at all ages for many different reasons. And people live very normal, active lives despite the condition. If you suspect your parent is incontinent, it can be a tough topic to bring up. But it is important to do so so that your parent can enjoy a full and active life.

Please click here to read the complete article published by The Huffington Post, 16 November 2015


More awareness on overactive bladder is needed

07.12.2015 | Posted in: Advice, Bladder Training, Bladder Weakness, Incontinence Facts, OAB, Urinary Incontinence | Author: Colin

Recent research indicates that the majority of people do not know what overactive bladder (OAB) is, let alone how is can be treated.

In a recent survey carried out in in Munster, Ireland over half the people surveyed did not know what overactive bladder was and 81% avoid visiting their doctor for help with the condition when it first occurs. The research further reveals that over 15% of Irish people experience bladder weakness issues overall – making it a more common condition than diabetes, affecting more than 350,000 people in Ireland.

The new research also revealed that there is confusion over what causes the condition, with 15% of Irish people overall believing it is simply a part of getting older, 34% believing it is a normal part of ageing for women, and 54% incorrectly thinking it is the result of an enlarged prostate for men.

Commenting on the research findings, Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan, President of the Continence Foundation of Ireland and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Cork University Maternity Hospital, said “OAB is a common problem, and whilst the incidence increases with age, it can affect young and old and men and women alike. It tends to creep up on people, and is distressing and embarrassing, having a very negative impact on a sufferer’s quality of life. It leads to low self-esteem and social isolation. Sufferers tend to seek help very late, as most are not aware how common and treatable the condition is.

“OAB occurs when the bladder muscle contracts suddenly and unexpectedly leading to severe urgency and even incontinence.

“Whilst OAB problems become more common with age, it is more common amongst young people than one would imagine. Often it is accepted as a normal part of ageing, but this should not be the case. It is important to understand this is not something that simply has to be tolerated. Once help is sought, and with the proper support, control of the bladder can be regained and the problem sorted.”

Furthermore, 65% of people in Munster do not know there are effective treatments available for OAB. “A worrying number of people are not seeking help for their OAB symptoms due to embarrassment or uncertainty. In today’s world, people prefer to turn to online sources to learn about health issues, especially bladder problems, as they feel awkward discussing this with others,” continued Dr O’Sullivan.

“Anyone with symptoms such as a sudden urge to urinate; urinating 8 or more times in 24 hours; or waking up at night more than once to urinate should speak to their GP to seek treatment. People experiencing this need to know that it’s OK to admit it, and they don’t need to feel embarrassed to talk to their GP,” she concluded.

Aside from the treatment available from GPs, people with OAB can also benefit from physiotherapy to help strengthen their pelvic floor muscles.

According to Maeve Whelan, a chartered physiotherapist in Co Dublin who specialises in pelvic floor treatment: “Most OAB treatment plans include simple lifestyle changes and bladder training techniques, as well as pelvic floor exercises to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that support your bladder.”

Yoga may help reduce side effects of prostate cancer treatment

02.12.2015 | Posted in: Bladder Incontinence, Incontinence Exercises, Pelvic Floor Exercises, Pelvic Floor Muscles, Prostrate, Uncategorized | Author: Colin

Male patients who undergo radiation therapy for their prostate cancer can turn to practicing yoga to help reduce the adverse effects typically associated with the treatment, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania.

Scientists from UPenn’s Perelman School of Medicine examined the impact of Eischens yoga on prostate cancer by having 68 individuals diagnosed with the condition to participate in 75-minute yoga classes twice a week.

The researchers monitored the impact of the exercise on the prostate cancer patients through a set of questions that determined their fatigue levels, urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and their overall quality of life.

The team chose to measure these factors as they are some of the side effects most often seen in men with prostate cancer.

They also made use of Eischens yoga because of its sustainability for people of different body types, fitness levels and experience.

By the end of the program, the researchers found that prostate cancer patients who were able to complete the Eischens yoga classes while receiving radiation therapy had better results in terms of their urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

The UPenn believe the positive findings could be a result of yoga’s focus on strengthening an individual’s pelvic floor muscles and improving the flow of blood. This is viewed as a way to help reduce the impact of erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.