Incontinence Blog

Suffering from bladder weakness as an adult can be a distressing experience, particularly when it is something you have not encountered before. Many adults feel too ashamed to talk about incontinence and as a result stress levels, fear and anxiety can escalate. You may become afraid of doing your favorite things, undertaking new activities, or even carrying out simple daily tasks. The good news is there are ways to manage this condition and help you regain your confidence and peace of mind. Here you can find hints and tips to help manage your incontinence and a range of products that can potentially be life-changing for you.

The NHS defines urinary incontinence as the ‘unintentional passing of urine’. This issue is a common problem, so the first tip is to not be embarrassed. Thousands of women, men, and even children suffer from incontinence, and trying to get your head around incontinence can be challenging in itself. There are different types of incontinence including Stress, urge, overflow, and total continence. It can be easy to be overwhelmed by negative thoughts and a rush of emotions, so we are here to help and reassure you.

Bladder Weakness issues for Women

Bladder weakness is often regarded as something that women just put up with, from common problems occurring after childbirth. We all have those ‘oops’ moments when sneezing, coughing, or laughing, but it is no laughing matter.
Whether you’re an ultra-fit sportswoman, have or haven’t gone through vaginal delivery, or are suffering from depleted hormones following menopause, women can all be prone to leakage and other incontinence issues. The problem is, few of us ever talk about it. So, tip number two is to remember that this is a very common condition, and you are not alone.

Why should you care about the pelvic floor?

It is so important to look after yourselves to give yourself the best opportunities in life to live to the fullest. That is why you should care about your pelvic floor. It is important as women and men that we do our pelvic floor exercises and strengthen our pelvic floor muscles. This then helps improve your bladder and bowel control and reduces the likelihood of accidental leaks, giving you peace of mind when you are enjoying yourself.

Most women have heard of the pelvic floor, but we are sure you will be surprised with how much work it does daily. Tip three, be attentive. Your pelvic floor muscle is like any other muscle, and you should be regularly exercising it.

Here at Pioneer Medical, we want you to be able to regain your freedom and understand its importance. We can help get rid of those SUI bladder weakness problems, getting you back to the gym, running and so much more. We want to help you get back in shape after pregnancy and more thanks to our specialized products.

Leaking is common but not normal, and you’re not alone

1 in three women will suffer with some sort of continence problem, and you should understand and realise that you are not alone. You may find yourself unable to enjoy normal activities and hesitating to participate in physical activities you used to enjoy all due to experiencing bladder leakage. But why? Why should you miss out? You don’t need to ‘put up with it’, seek advice from a women’s health physio.

Thousands of women have described incontinence as embarrassing, discouraging, and even life-disrupting. Things like rushing to the bathroom after an unexpected sneeze or cough, always having to wear a pantyliner, keeping an extra pair of underwear in your bag, does this sound all too familiar? You are not alone, these experiences can get better.

You don’t have to live with urinary incontinence. If your life is inconvenienced by any type of incontinence, we have options to help you! Please don’t let embarrassment get in the way of you living life to the fullest, go do you!

Burst the Taboo

Women should not be made to feel embarrassed, anxious, or upset about incontinence issues. The simplest way for us to unite and burst this taboo is to talk to each other. Whether it be via social media or in person. Talking can help us challenge the beliefs that many women have about incontinence issues, especially that leaking is part of parenthood and aging. This is not the case. Simple changes to lifestyles and other tips and tricks can have a huge impact on women’s experiences.

Social media can be extremely helpful as it comes with the ability to be anonymous. The fact is, women are simply too embarrassed to discuss their incontinence, and using social media can be an effective tool to share advice and reassurance that they are not alone.

Incontinence issues for men

Incontinence is often portrayed as a woman’s problem, however, this is not the case. Although women are more likely to suffer from incontinence, it is still a very common issue for men.

Most men are embarrassed to say they have an incontinence issue and studies have found that urinary incontinence can cause problems such as decreased quality of life, reduced self-confidence, isolation, and avoidance of many activities. Male incontinence can have a major impact on how men perceive themselves and can have a massive impact on their mental health.

Common causes of incontinence in men can include damage to the bladder muscles, prostate conditions, and neurological problems and this can leave men feeling anxious and can make even a confident individual feel exposed or humiliated. Many men feel like they have no one to talk to, and when having to shop for products they may not know where to start, as male incontinence is not widely advertised to the same extent as women.

It is important for us to help encourage talking about male incontinence as this gives us the opportunity to open a conversation for more individuals to share their experiences. Many people find bladder health a difficult topic to discuss and find it embarrassing to raise the subject. However, breaking the taboo can help bring a change to this.

Here at Pioneer Medical we provide a unique urine collection system for men. Ensuring an easy solution to help male incontinence with no bulky leg bags or pads. We want to help men regain their freedom and live their life to the fullest. With Hi-N-dry, our specially designed briefs eliminate the need for those unsightly pads and uncomfortable bags.

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Incontinence issues for children

You may be surprised to hear that children also suffer from incontinence – but this is just as common. Incontinence in children mainly consists of urinary incontinence, which may be present during the day, at night, or both.

Daytime wetting

Incontinence during the day can be distressing for children as they may find it embarrassing and uncomfortable, so it is important to always remain calm if they have an accident. Daytime wetting is a common issue and affects approximately 1 in 10 children.

There are different reasons as to why children may suffer from this issue such as having an overactive bladder, constipation, UTI or they may ignore the urge to urinate. However, we must ensure that we do not blame the child, as they can be mistakenly told off for being lazy, attention-seeking, and more when they experience these episodes. It is important to get to the root of the issue, so not to stigmatise the child or make them feel overly anxious.

Night time wetting

Bedwetting during the night is also a common problem for children. Bedwetting is the accidental or involuntary release of urine during sleep and is a common problem among children, even once they have been toilet-trained.

Although bedwetting is not a serious condition, it can cause stress for the child and also to the family. Children who wet the bed may feel ashamed and you may notice they start to avoid taking part in activities, such as sleepovers or camping as they are worried they will have an accident.

Bedwetting can be caused by a number of factors. There is a small percentage of children who do have a medical condition, but more commonly the factors can include; family history, hormones, small functional bladder capacity, failure to awaken during the night, or psychological/emotional problems. It is important to remember that the child will need reassurance, and guidance to help them overcome this issue, so ensure to remain calm and be supportive throughout the journey.

We understand that you and your little one want to eradicate bed-wetting as soon as possible. Sleepless nights because a child needs his or her bed changed are no fun! Here at Pioneer Medical, we can help. Take a look at our Rodger Bedwetting alarm system that will meet the needs of your child.