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Facts and Myths about Female Urinay Incontinence

16.04.2010 | Posted in: Female Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

Learning about bladder weakness can help you manage it better. You’ll also learn that there’s a lot of misunderstandings and myths about bladder weakness. For example, you probably didn’t realise just how common it is. We listed 6 of the most common facts and myths so you have a better understanding of bladder weakness and how common it is and how it can easily be managed.

Bladder weakness only affects older people

Myth. Whether you’re young or older, a man or a woman, it makes little difference. Anyone can experience bladder weakness at any age. Often it’s a side effect of pregnancy and many young sportswomen have it too. So it is not necessarily an age thing.

Pelvic floor exercises can help women regain control

Fact. In cases of Stress Incontinence (the leaks experienced when laughing, coughing, etc.) these exercises can have a success rate of up to 70%. The good news is that it’s never too late to start and you don’t need to be athletic to benefit.

No one I know has bladder weakness

Myth. Are you sure they’d tell you? Bladder weakness is very common and you are certainly not alone. In fact, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men experience it at some point in their lives, so it would be surprising if none of your friends had ever had it. Perhaps they have just discovered how to stay fresh and confident.

It’s my fault I’ve got bladder weakness

Myth. It’s no more your fault than, say, the size of your feet! Some people are just more prone to bladder weakness than others. Often it’s to do with weaker pelvic floor muscles. Ultimately, it’s just another bodily function and the good news is that there are steps you can take to minimise its impact on your life.

I guess my days of wearing tight jeans or slinky dresses are over

Myth. Not unless you want them to be. Products for bladder weakness now range from the equivalent of a pantyliner to larger sizes – to meet your needs and physique. In fact, to get a similar level of absorbency from a sanitary towel you’d have to go two sizes bigger, and even then they are not designed to retain the urine or tackle odour. So rather than hang up your party clothes, visit our Female Incontinence Products page to see just how small you can go.

Sanitary pads are more discreet than bladder weakness protection

Myth. Because bladder weakness protection is specifically designed to absorb and retain urine, they are two sizes smaller than the equivalent absorbency level of sanitary towel and more secure. So, they are actually more discreet. And, because they have an Odour Control mechanism – specially designed to eliminate the ammonia released by the bacteria in urine – they have the added benefit of being discreet in terms of odour as well as size.

Got questions about female incontinence and bladder weakness? Leave them on our comments section below or if you prefer to ask in confidence then you can email our Nurse specialist Shona, by clicking on the link below, we will endeavour to answer your questions as quickly as possible but if the answer is complex then we may need to ask you some specific questions before a response is given.

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Please note that all advice can only be considered as an opinion based upon the information you supply and that we are unable to provide any form of diagnosis or advice specific to your condition. We highly recommend that you always consult your GP, Practice Nurse or Continence Advisor.

Tena Launches New Ultra Thin Female Incontinence Pads

12.03.2010 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Samantha Hall

Incontinence is a condition that affects a wide variety of individuals, both genders, all ages and for a wide variety of reasons. In America the adult incontinence products market generates 1.3 billion Dollars, approximatelly 850 million Pounds, no wonder the three major incontinence products manufacturers are investing big on the marketing of their new products.

Tena Incontinence Products, one of the major players in the US incontinence market are due to launch a new range of female incontinence pads named the Tena Ultra Thins.

Tena Ultra Thins Female Incontinence Pads

Till now for moderate to heavy leakages there was little option and pads were rather bulky. Tena Ultra Thins are improved and less bulky incontinence pads designed specially for the moderate to heavy segment.

Spence Deane Deane from Personal Care Products Marketing VP at SCA Pesonal Care North America, Tena’s Parent Company, has said that these new incontinence pads will provide more discretion to female users.

There are no set dates for a UK launch but stay tuned on our blog as news emerges we will sure have it first hand.

Caesareans Reduce Incidence of Incontinence

06.11.2009 | Posted in: Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

According to the NHS, the number of elective Caesareans has doubled over the past 20 years, it seems that fears of incontinence following childbirth, have contributed to the increase in Caesareans.

There are three main clichés used to explain why women are asking to have their babies delivered by Caesareans section: Too posh to push; too busy to push; too scared to push.

Normally Caesarean sections are only carried out in emergency cases such as foetal distress, a prolapsed umbilical cord or failure to progress in labour, breach birth or other good medical reasons, like the baby lying in an awkward position, multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets, etc) and an abnormally positioned placenta.

But lately a growing number of women are requesting or opting for private Caesarean section because they cause less damage to pelvic floor which will reduce the incidence of incontinence and prolepses later in life.

Elected caesareans are the less traumatic and safest way to deliver a baby and the risk of developing incontinence in later life can be reduced, but that doesn’t mean that women are immune from trouble.

A recent research suggests that pregnancy itself increases the incidence of incontinence because it is considered to be a major risk factor for weakening of the pelvic floor. Women who have had a Caesarean are still likely, by one and a half times, to develop incontinence than someone who has never had a baby.

Incontinence can Relate to Mental Health

05.11.2009 | Posted in: Female Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

The renowned Journal of Urology published this month online version on a study that correlates psychiatric disorders and sexual trauma to female incontinence.

The study analyzed the answers of 121 women who completed two questionnaires, The Urogenital Distress Inventory-6 and Incontinence Impact Questionnaire-7 and also examined the women’s mental health, history of sexual trauma, age, race and obstetric history.

Leading researcher and Director of Neurology, Female Urology and Voiding Dysfunction at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Centre, Dr. Adam P. Klausner wrote:

“This is the first study to our knowledge to characterize the association of psychiatric comorbidities and sexual trauma with the type, severity and quality-of-life impact of lower urinary tract symptoms in women using validated surveys. The prevalence of psychiatric comorbidities and sexual trauma is high in women veterans presenting for evaluation of lower urinary tract symptoms,”

Full details of the study linking psychiatric disorders and sexual trauma to female incontinence can be found at Journal of Urology.