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Incontinence Aids and Information

Urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine and is a common problem thought to affect around 4 million people in Australia1. If you are suffering from this condition you are not alone, there are many people living healthy happy lives that suffer from bladder and bowel weakness.

Who suffers incontinence?

  • Anyone, at any age
  • More common in elderly people
  • On average affects more women than men2

What causes bladder weakness?

  • Weak pelvic floor muscles
  • The signal indicating the bladder is full is interrupted on its path to the brain

Types of Incontinence

The Stress and Urge varieties are the most common forms and are thought to make up approximately 90% of cases3.

Depend Real-Fit

Because incontinence affects both sexes, Depend developed a range of Real-Fit Underwear specifically designed to fit and feel like real underwear and protect against heavy loss of bladder control for both men and women.

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Growing older doesn’t need to equal doing less; Depend Real-fit Underwear and incontinence aids help sufferers keep a normal daily routine and live life. Request a free sample and Take the Feel Test today.

Incontinence Treatments

There are many treatments available, from do-it-yourself exercises through to surgical procedures. In fact, a recent study4 found that just losing weight helped reduce the instances of incontinence by up to 70% in women surveyed.

There are also several other ways to treat and manage incontinence:

  • Kegel muscle exercises strengthen the pelvic floor, which in turn can reduce the instances of bladder leakage5
  • Lifestyle techniques to help regain bladder control, such as avoiding caffeine, lifting heavy objects and managing your fluid intake
  • Medication is also occasionally used. There are a wide variety of medications out there, and they all do different things but achieve the same goal, that is, to reduce the incidence of incontinence. It’s advisable to try other treatment options prior to medication due to the possibility of side effects
  • Surgery may be recommended if other treatments fail. Surgery can be used to increase bladder capacity, limit nerve impulses to the controlling bladder muscles or tighten the pelvic floor muscles. Sufferers of incontinence are advised to consult with their doctors. The more accurate the information the doctor gets from patients (patient history, symptoms and current treatments), the better equipped they will be to develop a strategy for managing and curing the problem

References:

1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Canberra, Australia incontinence data analysis and development (March 2006)

2. Password F., View I. How widespread are the symptoms of an overactive bladder and how are they managed? A population-based prevalence study. BJU Int 2001; 87: 760-6.

3. Urinary Incontinence, Medical and Surgical Aspects-Author: Michael O’Shaughnessy, MD, FACOG, Assistant Chief, Director of Urogynecology, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California at San Francisco, UCSF Fresno University Medical Center

4. N Engl J Med 2009; 360:481-490, Jan 29, 2009

5. Choi H, Palmer MH, Park J (2007). “Meta-analysis of pelvic floor muscle training: randomized controlled trials in incontinent women”.