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Which Maternity Pad is Best?

28.04.2016 | Posted in: Cottons, Maternity, Maternity Pads | Author: Colin

Post child birth it’s important to buy maternity pads, rather than ordinary sanitary towels. Maternity pads are longer, softer, and much more absorbent. The reason you need so many pads is that bleeding from your uterus (womb) will start soon after your baby is born. This is the case whether you had a vaginal or a caesarean birth. You may bleed for as little as two weeks to three weeks, or for as long as six weeks after having your baby. The flow will gradually become less. Red lochia usually tapers off within the first couple of weeks, though if you try to do too much too soon, it may start flowing again.

When shopping for maternity pads do not be under any illusions about what post-labour conditions are like, you will definitely need more than a traditional sanitary towel. Essentially ordinary sanitary towels are not designed for maternity use and you need will need to use purpose built maternity pads which can really support you.

When considering which Maternity Pad is best for you, there are only two things real options you need to consider – comfort and thickness.

Cottons Maternity Pads with wings have a 100% natural cotton coversheet for extra comfort, so they’re perfect for sensitive skin after childbirth.

Tested extensively by new mums and a leading Australian maternity hospital, Cottons Maternity Pads are designed to be highly absorbent and really comfortable.

They are designed to fit into your own underwear securely and are hypo-allergenic so suitable for even the most sensitive skin. When necessary they can be easily removed and should be hygienically disposed of.

Find out more about the Cottons Maternity Pads here –

TENA Slip Active now available!

27.04.2016 | Posted in: Disposable Incontinence Pads, Incontinence Pads, Products, Tena, TENA Slip | Author: Colin

We are delighted to announce that we have now introduced the TENA Slip Active Fit to our wide range of incontinence products in both the Plus and Maxi absorbencies.

The TENA Slip Active Fit and an all in one bodyworn incontinence pad similar to TENA Slip, but with Plastic Backing. They have been specifically designed for individuals with an active lifestyle.

The pads are suitable for heavy or continuous urinary incontinence or faecal incontinence, and is best suited for day time use. TENA Slip Active Fit are designed to fit completely around the body before fastening securely with bottom tapes then top tapes. Tapes can be re-fastened to improve fit if necessary. Curved double leg elastics and additional security barriers for increased comfort and leakage protection.

TENA Slip Active Fit Plus available in Small, Medium and Large sizes.

TENA Slip Active Fit Maxi available in Small, Medium and Large sizes.

A fitting guide can be downloaded here – TENA Active Fit Fitting Guide.

Incontinence and travelling

21.04.2016 | Posted in: Advice | Author: Colin

For those who experience continence issues, travelling can be a daunting experience. There’re many things to consider: products to bring, clothes to wear and proximity to bathrooms. However, it doesn’t have to ruin your holiday, here’s how to have a carefree, amazing trip without the worry.

If you have urgency incontinence, you can definitely still travel. If you’re worried you’ll have an accident on a long-haul flight, there’s no need to worry. You can organise an aisle seat close to the toilet, as well as cut down on diuretic drinks such as coffee and alcohol.

Make sure you have enough continence products with you and have some wipes, spare

Squat toilets aren’t always easy to use, especially if you have mobility issues or sore joints. If this is an issue, you can purchase a female urinal, which is a funnel shaped device that directs the stream of urine into the toilet, allowing you to urinate standing up. Most countries that use predominantly squat toilets will have Western toilets, so ask the hotel before you go.

Many people experience constipation when they travel, especially if they have other incontinence issues. Take every measure to avoid constipation before the flight by increasing your fluid intake and eating a balanced diet.

Travelling with incontinence checklist

  • 6-8 weeks in advance of your trip discuss your travel plans with your GP.
  • Talk to your doctor about medicines to take away with you. Do you need prescription medicines or products? Be sure to keep your medicines in their original packaging when travelling overseas.
  • Plan each stage of your trip accordingly. If you wear absorbent pads for bladder leakage, allow an extra supply for unexpected delays.
  • Check about possible extra luggage allowance when booking if you’re taking a large supply of incontinence products.
  • Inform airline staff of your needs so you can board the plane first.
  • Choose clothes in dark colours that are easy to remove and comfortable to wear.
  • Take along a small toilet bag in your carry-on bag, plus a change of clothing. Disposable wipes are handy generally and especially good for faecal incontinence.
  • Stretch and walk as much as you can, to help with circulation and digestion. Seated exercises are also helpful.

Physiotherapy can treat urinary incontinence

13.04.2016 | Posted in: Advice | Author: Colin

One in every four women and one in every nine men experience incontinence. There is a strong association between lower back pain and pelvic symptoms particularly urge or stress incontinence, which is the most common.

Seventy-four percent of people with incontinence do not seek help or are too embarrassed to speak out and are unaware of the many treatment options available. They wrongly assume it is something they must live with. Physiotherapy treatment can be a ray of hope for this unspeakable problem.

What is stress urinary incontinence?

Any activity that results in an increase in pressure in the abdominal cavity may contribute to stress urinary incontinence. This happens when pelvic floor muscles have been weakened and the bladder has slipped lower. Common causes of stress incontinence include pregnancy and vaginal delivery, repeated lifting of heavy objects, prolonged coughing, obesity, repeated straining during urination or bowel movement and menopause.

Physiotherapy for stress urinary incontinence

  • Pelvic Floor Exercises are prescribed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and may involve the use of vaginal cones and biofeedback. Here, Kegel exercise is the most effective.
  • Electrical Stimulation Therapy makes use of electrical currents to strengthen pelvic floor muscles. It may be recommended if pelvic floor exercises have a reduced effect.
  • Bowel Movement Retraining teaches a passing motion without straining the pelvic floor muscles.

A qualified physiotherapist, who must have special training and education on women’s health physiotherapy, will assess your condition through an assessment and a physical examination to measure the strength of your pelvic floor muscles.

Based on the findings, your physiotherapist will tailor therapy that best suits your needs and, in most cases, the condition will improve in 1-2 months.