|Incontinence isn't just an elderly issue.|
Sarah was shocked when she began having some light urine leakage shortly after her 50th birthday. Previously she hadn’t noticed any sort of incontinence happening but now she found she was having to change her undergarments 2-3 times a day, sometimes more in order to stay dry. While her leakage was annoying it was only minor so Sarah didn’t feel she needed to go to using a full incontinence undergarment. After doing some research she found out about urinary incontinence products included incontinence pads which she could use to stay dry. These incontinence pads fit securely and quickly wicked away moisture so both Sarah and her clothes stayed dry and comfortable.
When people think about incontinence they assume those who must deal with this issue are elderly, ill and even bedridden. The reality is individuals like Sarah find they must deal with light incontinence while still maintaining a job, social life and other activities. Many women like Sarah find years after pregnancy and childbirth, coupled with the hormonal changes that menopause can bring mean they can have incontinence issues which need to be managed. Using an incontinence pad can be an effective way to do just that. Here is what you need to know about adult incontinence pads and boosters.
- Incontinence pads can be an effective way to deal with stress urinary incontinence. Incontinence pads are most often used for stress urinary incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence is when the pelvic floor muscles have been weakened or damaged. For many women this happens with the trauma of pregnancy or childbirth. Some women also find the hormonal changes which happen at menopause can bring this on. In addition, being overweight and even smoking have been shown to weaken the pelvic floor muscles. When this happens then coughing, laughing, sneezing or any sort of physical exertion can bring on urinary leakage. This most often happens unexpectedly so using an incontinence pad can provide the protection you need when you may not expect to need it.
- Incontinence pads come in a variety of sizes and absorbencies. Most makers of incontinence supplies offer urinary incontinence pads. Some of the most popular brands include: TENA, Prevail, and Poise among others. Best of all, they offer incontinence pads which come in various sizes from super thin liners to incontinence pads which are long, thick and wide for additional coverage and added absorbency. Most incontinence pads also have easy to use tabs that hold it securely in place and simply have to be pulled off for easy removal and disposal. Many users of this type of incontinence product worry about odor. Today, many incontinence pads have odor control so they can be worn discreetly and comfortably.
- Incontinence booster pads can help to make an incontinence undergarment more effective in the protection it provides. Sometimes using an incontinence pad alone is just not enough protection. Many people with moderate to heavy stress urinary incontinence find they need to use an incontinence undergarment. For added protection and absorbency, you can use a booster pad. An incontinence booster pad will help to provide additional protection and keep you from having to change your other incontinence product as often saving you both time and money.
Consumers are very confused about which incontinence products will work best for them or a loved one. In a recent study, Kimberly-Clark, makers of Depend and Poise brands, discovered those buying incontinence products for the first time, waste $130 on average in trial and error mode. That’s about 10 bags of products which can’t be returned, once opened.
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The CareGiver Partnership also offers an incontinence sample service to help you avoid the costly mistake of ordering a case of product which does not meet your needs – risk free. They offer over 100 different samples-- styles, sizes, and absorbencies to choose from. The cost is only $3.49 for shipping. This video about the Try Before You Buy Sample Service can show you how to avoid the costly mistake of ordering a case of product which does not meet your needs.
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About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visit http://www.caregiverpartnership.com to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.