Have you heard the one about the woman who peed her pants?
Probably not, because it’s not often joked about.
But physiotherapist Elaine Miller is tackling the taboo of female incontinence in a stand-up comedy show.
The 45-year-old mum of three describes herself as a “recovered incontinent” and she is hoping her approach to discussing incontinence will help women who are suffering in silence.
One in three women suffer from incontinence and, on average, they wait seven years to get help.
Elaine said, “There is a perception that it’s an inevitable consequence of ageing or parenthood but that’s not true. There is no need to put up with it.”
We have updated our Help & Advice page on our website. We have included lots of information and advice on living with and managing incontinence
A large part of living in confidence is understanding about your condition and taking positive steps to manage it and we aim to provide all the information you need to do this.
It is now even easier to find useful information about the different types of incontinence, its causes and support for carers of people with incontinence. There are also quick links to choosing the correct product for you complete with fitting guides and videos.
Why not click here and take a look!
Allanda and LifeSense Group B.V. have signed a partnership for distribution of Carin wearables in the UK. Carin’s washable smart underwear and pelvic floor exercise programme helps women regain bladder control and confidence in everyday life. We are proud to introduce Carin within our diverse portfolio of wearables promoting a ‘care to cure’ approach.
For LifeSense Group this is a fantastic opportunity to broaden activities within Europe. Vale Pop (CEO, LifeSense Group) comments: “Carin is in good hands at Allanda. They have a large database of customers and knows how to keep them satisfied. We think they can bring Carin to a larger public of users and contribute to our mission to empower more women around the globe”.
Revised Delivery Charges
Recent large cost increases from our couriers mean that we have had to revise our delivery charge, however we have worked hard to ensure that customers can continue to pay the same as before if needed, and also enjoy a wider range of delivery options to suit their circumstances.
We are very aware of the importance of keeping costs down for many customers so we have now introduced 3 different delivery options so that you can choose the service that best suits your needs.
Despite the recent increases we presently continue to offer our FREE Delivery service for orders over £75.00 (Exc. VAT) for Mainland UK orders. Prices for Highlands, Islands and Northern Ireland remain unchanged.
Our new delivery options for Mainland UK are:
1. Economy Delivery – £4.95
These orders are sent by Royal Mail or Courier depending on weight and are sent on a 1-2 day service. 97% of orders are delivered next working day. There is no tracking available on this service.
2. Standard Next Working Day, Tracked – £5.95 (FREE on orders over £75)
These orders are sent by Fedex on a next working day delivery. These orders are tracked however there is no defined delivery time for these orders.
3. Premium Next Working Day, Tracked with time slot notification – £6.45 (£1.99 on orders over £75)
These order are sent by DPD on a Premium next working day delivery, these orders are tracked and you will receive a text/email with details of the one hour time slot for delivery if you have given us your email address/mobile telephone number.
4. Before Noon Delivery – £7.95
These orders are sent by Fedex on a next working day before 12pm delivery slot so are delivered the following morning. These orders are also tracked although at present no defined time slot is given for the exact time of delivery.
In addition, for orders despatched on a Friday (orders placed between 3pm on Thursday and 3pm on Friday), there will be a Saturday delivery option too.
You can read more details on the Delivery information page on our website – http://www.allaboutincontinence.co.uk/delivery
We have created a comprehensive product comparison chart for an easy overview of what incontinence products are available on the market. What a great way to discover new products!
If you are looking to try a new incontinence product or would like to view comparable products to those you are currently using then this chart provides you with useful information to be able to compare different options. All the top incontinence products and brands are listed in an easy to view format.
Please click on the link to view and print our Product Comparison Chart.
We have recognised that many customers who qualify for VAT Exemption aren’t always claiming this saving and therefore we’ve changed our checkout so that you are offered VAT Exemption if you have purchased qualifying products (Please note that businesses and institutions still need to pay VAT).
We’ve also made the process easier to follow and have added a number of other benefits:
- Easier to amend/add addresses for billing and delivery
- Clearer identification of VAT Exempt qualifying and non-qualifying products at checkout
- Simpler registration for VAT Exemption on your order (if applicable)
To see our new checkout simply login to our website – www.allaboutincontinence.co.uk
Millions of people in England experience problems with continence but many are not getting the support they need, health officials are warning.
In guidance published by NHS England, experts have suggested people “suffer in silence” because they are too embarrassed to talk about the issue.
It has called for better training for all staff.
Patients also need to be told more about what treatments and support are available, it said.
More than 14 million adults in the UK have problems controlling their bladder and 6.5 million have bowel issues, while around 900,000 children and young people have difficulties.
But past research has shown the quality of continence care varies across the country and is poorer for the elderly overall.
NHS England said many continence problems can be cured or managed better.
Lifestyle changes or exercises can help, while medication and surgery are options for some patients.
Its wide-ranging guidance called for continence care to be joined-up across health, care and education services so people do not have to repeat their stories at each setting.
In terms of training, the report said physios, nurses, doctors and care assistants could all benefit.
Sara Elliott, of NHS England, said: “Millions of people are affected by continence problems, but it is an issue that they are still too embarrassed to talk about.
“This means that too many people are suffering in silence and not receiving the care and support they need.”
She added she hoped the new guidance would reassure people they can and should ask for help.
A specialist incontinence service has been recommended as a blue print for others to follow nationally. The clinic has helped 1,000 women in Cornwall since it began two years ago. Farah Lone, a Consultant Gynaecologist who set it up has won a National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) award for its impact.
More than 5 million women in the UK are affected by the problem, England’s Chief Medical Officer said.
A spokesman for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust said: “Large numbers of women are affected by differing degrees of urinary incontinence and it is those with the most complex cases that are referred to the team.”
Sharon Cooper, 53, said she had surgery after her incontinence stopped her from doing her job properly at a school. “I thought it would be better to have an operation and more quality of life,” she said. “I couldn’t walk my dog before because of it and I couldn’t go out dancing with my friends.”
Dr Lone said: “There are many causes of urinary incontinence and we work closely with uro-gynaecology and colorectal experts at both Bristol and Plymouth hospitals. “Most women who need specialist surgery can now have that here in Cornwall rather than having to travel out of county.”
An ‘Easy Step Guide’ has been developed for referral to simplify the pathway for patients and regular teaching sessions with GPs have also been set up.
The work Miss Lone has developed in Cornwall through her specialism is one of a handful of similar services around the UK. She will work on the future national development of models of care and research in the field, having been appointed to the Royal College of Gynaecologists’ Scientific Advisory Committee.
Allanda’s regular order service saves you time and removes worry.
We understand you lead busy lives, and ordering your regular incontinence products can be inconvenient or easy to forget. That’s why we created our regular order service to ensure that you never run out.
- The service is fully flexible and customised to suit you. You decide which products you would like to order, which day you would like them to arrive and how often you would like to receive them.
- You can even set different products to arrive at different intervals.
- We will email you each time your order is despatched to let you know that it’s on its way.
- There are no direct debits or standing orders required. With a simple one time set up using your credit or debit card you can forget about ordering safe in the knowledge that your next order will arrive just as you need it.
- There is no minimum contract term and you can amend or cancel your order whenever you need to. So if you find you need to place your order on hold, increase it, or change the frequency you can do this at any time.
If you would like to take advantage of our regular order service then please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive 10% off your first delivery.
In a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, actress Kate Winslet revealed that she suffers from stress incontinence so can’t jump on trampolines anymore.
“When you’ve had a few children, you know, it’s just what happens.”
‘It’s bloody awful’
Kate says that she experiences bladder leakages when sneezing or if she jumps on a trampoline:
“It’s amazing, two sneezes I’m fine, three… it’s game over. It’s bloody awful, especially if you’re wearing a skirt!”
“I can’t jump on trampolines any more, I wet myself.”
Most women aren’t as open as Kate about their incontinence, but the truth is that up to one in every three women suffer from the condition at some point in their lives, according to a study published in Reviews in Urology.
Women who have had children, especially those who have had multiple natural births, are at a greater risk of developing stress incontinence as are women who overweight or over the age of 60.
Like Kate, these women experience urine leakages when the bladder is under additional pressure. Common triggers include coughing, sneezing and jumping.
Watch Kate open up about her incontinence on the Graham Norton show: