Keeping Incontinence in Check

Making frequent trips to the lavatory to avoid an episode of incontinence can be quite frustrating, and it can get to be pretty tiring as well, especially if the trips are during the night. One of the problems with frequent urination is that it may discourage a person from drinking enough fluid, which can lead to dehydration. Of course staying properly hydrated is important, but so is staying dry, and especially in an elderly person whose mobility is limited, the need for frequent urination can end up resulting in light incontinence.

To help frequent urination from ending devolving into incontinence, there are some things that you can do to reduce the frequency of symptoms. Caffeine and alcohol are among the many foods that irritate the bladder, leading to incontinence. Both of these drinks are also diuretics, which cause the body to slough off liquids. If you are taking any medications for high blood pressure, they are normally diuretics also, which can exacerbate the frequent urination symptoms, again leading to incontinence.

There are also a number of diseases that can manifest themselves as frequent urination leading to incontinence, so this is another reason that it is important to discuss any incontinence problem with your doctor. Diabetes and kidney disease are two common causes, and even more common is a urinary tract infection. In men frequent urination is frequently the harbinger of an enlarged prostate gland, which generally leads way to light adult incontinence.

If there is any pain or discomfort connected with your frequent trips to the bathroom, then you should seek medical advice immediately. However, for the elderly, especially as mobility becomes an issue, frequent urination can be just the start a pattern of incontinence. If you are not suffering from an infection or disease, then there are several things that you can do to address the problem of incontinence. First of all you can limit your liquid intake, while ensuring that you are still consuming enough fluids to stay healthy. Next, you can try increasing the holding capacity of your bladder by gradually extending the time in between trips to the bathroom. Try stretching the time by about fifteen minutes and increase the duration every week.

If you do have to take a medication that works as a diuretic, discuss with your doctor the option of taking it during the early portion of the day. That way you will not be awakened every hour throughout the night needing to go to the bathroom, or risk an incontinence episode like bed wetting. By taking your medication early in the day, you may be able to sleep peacefully throughout the night without any worries of incontinence.

For more information on incontinence and our range of incontinence products do visit www.dryforlife.co.uk or call our discreet customer services helpline on 0800 051 7729.

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The Right Incontinence Product Can Make a Huge Difference

incontinence_ladyDealing with adult incontinence can be quite a challenge, and while millions of adults suffer from some sort of urinary incontinence, much of that suffering is done in relative silence. There is a natural tendency to feel a little bit ashamed over any sort of incontinence, and even when people know that the problem is medical, it can still leave them with low self-esteem and embarrassment. Many people who suffer from some sort of adult urinary incontinence begin to withdraw from social activities that they once loved, because they are afraid of humiliating, accidental urinary leakage in public. Unfortunately, by withdrawing from friends and social gatherings, they leave behind the very support system that can help them deal with the hand that they have been dealt.

If you are suffering from any type of incontinence one of the easiest ways to deal with this embarrassing problem is to have quality products that you can count on. Finding a good incontinence pad or pant is invaluable in the management of your urinary or faecal leakage problem. When you are looking for a good incontinence pant, make sure that you consider your lifestyle along with the level of protection that you need. Incontinence pants exist for every combination of activity and protection level that you could ever need. You may find that you need different levels of protection depending on the activity that you are engaging in, so you will be able to find a variety of options to help you manage your incontinence problem, whether you have complete loss of bladder control or simply have occasional, light leakage.

Because of the reluctance of most people to discuss their incontinence problems, many of them start managing their leakage problems with sanitary pads. Unfortunately, this type of pad is not designed to absorb a large amount of liquid, so you may just end up with soggy pants and chaffed skin. Undergarments and pads that are designed especially for urinary leakage can hold a volume of liquid, and they also help to keep your skin dry and healthy.

Drytex-Female-Absorbent-Pants (150 x 150)When you are evaluating different incontinence pants there are some characteristics that you should look for, so that you will have the best chance of managing your incontinence problem successfully. First of all your incontinence pant should be comfortable to wear and have a low profile, so that it is not visible under clothing. Then it is very important for the pad or pant to be absorbent enough for your level of incontinence, and it should fit your budget. Finally, when you are wearing your protective undergarment, you should feel confident and comfortable.

TypeALilleThere are many different styles from which to choose, and you may even prefer different types of incontinence products for different types of activities. Incontinence pants come in washable and disposable styles, and you can find pants with pads build in or pants with a pocket in which to insert a pad. So you can tailor your incontinence pant to your needs for any specific place and time.

While no one would choose to be incontinent, if you are in the midst of managing this problem, then you will want to get familiar with all of the products that are available to make your life just a little easier, and DryForLife has been helping people successfully live with their incontinence for many years. You will find a wide selection of styles and levels of absorbency from which to choose, and they can all be purchased from the comfort of your home and delivered right to your front door.

For more information on our range of incontinence products do visit www.dryforlife.co.uk or call our discreet customer service helpline on 0800 051 7729.

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Common Causes of Bowel Incontinence

bowelincontinenceBowel incontinence, also known as faecal incontinence, can be caused by numerous conditions, such as diarrhea, constipation, nerve damage to the anal sphincter, muscle or nerve damage to the rectum and anus and surgical procedures. Identifying the cause of bowel incontinence is important when determining the correct treatment for the condition.

Diarrhea: It is much easier to “hold” your bowels when stool is solid. When an individual experiences frequent diarrhea, the ability to control bowels may be partially or completely absent. Diarrhea itself can be caused by many conditions, such as chronic laxative use or abuse and gastrointestinal disorders, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Getting to the bottom of what is causing the diarrhea may aid in regaining bowel control.

Constipation: It may seem incongruous that constipation can lead to bowel incontinence, but constipation can actually be a common cause of bowel incontinence. When constipation occurs, stool can become trapped in the rectum, which causes stool behind the impaction to leak around the impaction, resulting in the leakage of liquid stool.

Nerve damage: Nerve damage to the anus or rectum may result in incontinence. Nerves supplying the anus or rectum can interfere with the ability to sense when a bowel movement is imminent, and may also prevent the anus from closing properly as it should between bowel movements. Nerve damage may occur in an individual who has Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, diabetes or spinal cord injury.

Muscle Damage: The muscles surrounding the anus, which prevent stool from exiting the body without conscious control, can become damaged resulting in bowel incontinence. Childbirth is one event that can lead to muscle damage. These muscles may become damaged by giving birth to a large infant, especially if forceps are used or an episiotomy is done.

Surgery: Surgery performed to treat hemorrhoids may result in damage to the anus or rectum, causing bowel incontinence. Surgery to treat anal or rectal cancer may also result in bowel incontinence. Many of the causes of bowel incontinence can be easily identified and treated, making it imperative that anyone suffering from bowel incontinence seek advice from their physician.

As this month is Bowel Cancel Awareness Month do take a look at our full range of Incontinence Products via browsing our catalogue at www.dryforlife.co.uk.

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Last Chance to Order For Delivery Pre Easter!

easter2Easter is just around the corner and it is time for family, chocolates and rabbits. However you still need to remember about those everyday needs so don’t forget to order your incontinence products in time for delivery prior to Easter.

Last orders for delivery guaranteed prior to Easter is 2pm this Wednesday 1st April so order online today!

Our customer service telephone lines will be open throughout the Easter period but will be shut on Easter Sunday only.  You can continue to order online as normal. Any orders received after 2pm Thursday 2nd April will be dispatched on Tuesday 7th April and will arrive on Wednesday 8th April.

For more information on our range of incontinence products do visit www.dryforlife.co.uk or call our discreet customer service helpline on 0800 051 7729.

Finally DryForLife wishes you a lovely Easter with your friends and family.

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Childbirth and Incontinence in Women

Childbirth_and_IncontinenceAre you watching the new TV series on Channel 4 called One Born Every Minute.  Our team are and spend most of the evening in tears!  However it also reminds us that women are more likely to suffer from incontinence than men. This is largely due to the fact that women give birth, which is an act that can bring great joy and can also wreak havoc on women’s bodies. Sometimes pregnancy itself can cause incontinence in women.

During pregnancy, the uterus grows to a point where it applies a lot of pressure to the bladder. This may result in stress incontinence. A woman with a large, gravid uterus may find that she leaks urine when she coughs, sneezes or laughs. Lifting heavy objects may also cause incontinence in women who are pregnant. Stress incontinence during pregnancy is usually transient and ends when the pregnancy does, because the uterus returns to its pre-pregnant size.

Childbirth itself can cause trauma to many structures, including the muscles of the pelvic floor, which help to control urination, and nerves. Conditions that may predispose a women to damage to these structures during childbirth include the following:

  • Use of forceps or vacuum extraction
  • Large birth weight babies
  • Multiple births
  • Prolonged labour
  • Precipitous birth (baby comes too quickly)
  • Induced labour using drugs
  • Episiotomy (performed to enlarge the vaginal opening)

Sometimes damage caused by childbirth is not evident for years after a woman gives birth. When a women experiences new-onset urinary or faecal incontinence, her doctor will want to know about the circumstances surrounding her pregnancies and births. Multiple pregnancies and births may make a woman more likely to experience incontinence.

TENA_Pull_UpsIncontinence in women need not be permanent. There are many treatments and therapies that may improve or cure incontinence. Many women who experience incontinence assume that there is nothing that can be done, and they do not seek medical advice. Seeing a doctor is the first step to curing incontinence, and incontinence in women should never be viewed as a normal event.

If you require assistance choosing an incontinence product, you may wish to call DryForLife’s free advice line for help.  DryForLife’s courteous and friendly staff members will be happy to assist you in finding the right incontinence products to suit your lifestyle.

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Definitions of Incontinence

incontinence_ladyThere are so many terms used in conjunction with the word incontinence that it can be hard to keep them all straight. First of all, it is helpful to have a working definition of the word incontinence.

Incontinence refers to the sudden, involuntary release of urine or stool. Incontinence can have many different underlying causes, and it is always a good idea to discuss the problem with your doctor when searching for a solution for this problem.

  • Urinary Incontinence – the sudden involuntary release of urine
  • Faecal (or Fecal) Incontinence – the sudden involuntary loss of gas (flatulence) or stool; bowel incontinence is often used in place of faecal incontinence
  • Stress Incontinence – urinary incontinence that results from some form of physical activity or stress on the bladder, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing or lifting a heavy object
  • Urge Incontinence – leakage of urine following involuntary spasms of bladder muscles or inappropriate contraction of bladder muscles; sometimes called overactive bladder
  • Overflow Incontinence – in overflow incontinence, the bladder does not empty completely and may become overly full, resulting in leakage of urine; often attributable to nerve damage or bladder muscle dysfunction
  • Mixed Incontinence – occurs when symptoms of both urge and stress incontinence are present at the same time in the same individual
  • Functional Incontinence – occurs as a result of a person’s inability to get to a toilet in time; incontinence as a result of a physical or mental condition (e.g. arthritis impeding someone’s ability to walk to the toilet quickly enough; dementia causing a person to forget where the toilet is)
  • Male Incontinence – any incontinence in men, often attributed to prostate disease
  • Female Incontinence - any incontinence in women, often a result of pregnancy and childbirth
  • Incontinence Pads – absorbent pads that are worn alone or with incontinence pants to absorb urine or stool in incontinence
  • Incontinence Pants – may be worn alone or with incontinence pads; may be washable or disposable

This list is not exhaustive by any means, but it will hopefully provide you with a working vocabulary when discussing incontinence.

If you require assistance choosing an incontinence product, you may wish to call DryForLife’s free advice line for help.  DryForLife’s courteous and friendly staff members will be happy to assist you in finding the right incontinence products to suit your lifestyle.

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What is Double Incontinence?

doubleincontinenceAs if suffering from one kind of incontinence were not enough, some people suffer from both urinary and faecal incontinence. When a person suffers from both types of incontinence, they are said to have double incontinence. Double incontinence may affect both women and men and is less common than suffering from one type or the other.

Studies have shown that quality of life for people who suffer from double incontinence is more greatly impaired than in those who suffer from urinary incontinence alone. This may be due to the fact that there is a social stigma attached to faecal incontinence, and faecal incontinence brings more feelings of embarrassment and shame. People who suffer from double incontinence may isolate themselves more due to embarrassment over their condition. Double incontinence is not limited to men or women but occurs with almost equal prevalence amongst both sexes, according to studies.

It is important for people who suffer from double incontinence to speak to their physician about the problem. Faecal incontinence is thought to be underreported in comparison to urinary incontinence, and double incontinence even more so. However, without sufferers acknowledging to their physician that a problem exists, nothing can be done to address their problem. The physician may be able to help determine the cause and explain different treatment options that may be available. Having an understanding of the cause of double incontinence is important in determining the best treatment available. A physician will likely take a thorough history and performing a physical exam. Tests may be ordered to pinpoint where the problem lies. Treatment options may range from self-help remedies to medications to surgery, but until the individual seeks help, the physician will be unable to offer any assistance.

For anyone suffering from double incontinence, it is important to seek help. There are many treatment options available, which can help to improve the quality of life. There are also many incontinence products available on the market today, which can really help to manage the many challenges of dealing with incontinence.

If you require assistance choosing an incontinence product, you may wish to call DryForLife’s free advice line for help.  DryForLife’s courteous and friendly staff members will be happy to assist you in finding the right incontinence products to suit your lifestyle.

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How to Choose an Incontinence Brief

TENA_Pull_UpsChoosing the right incontinence brief to suit your needs can be difficult. There are many styles, levels of absorbency and materials from which to choose, which can make the right selection difficult. Here is how we recommend you choose an incontinence brief that will allow you to accomplish all that you want to in your life without feeling burdened by incontinence.

In choosing an absorbency, you will want to ask yourself what your requirements are. Do you suffer from mild bladder incontinence with only the occasional leakage problem, or do you leak constantly and heavily? Answering this question will help to steer you towards the right absorbency incontinence brief.

Drytex-Female-Absorbent-Pants (150 x 150)Style is also important and can help you to focus less on your bladder weakness. These days, incontinence briefs are designed to look like normal underwear, so that no one except you need know that you have an incontinence problem.

Kylie-Male (121 x 120)For women, choices include PVC incontinence briefs, polyester-cotton blends that resemble normal underwear and others. Men can choose between incontinence briefs that resemble normal men’s underwear or boxer-style briefs.

One of the most important decisions you will need to make concerns whether you wish to use disposable or washable incontinence briefs. Disposable pants offer convenience as they can be discarded when soiled, but they may be more expensive. A washable incontinence brief may be washed and used multiple times, saving money.

It may sound complicated, but deciding on an incontinence brief does not have to be difficult. If you require assistance choosing an incontinence brief, you may wish to call DryForLife’s free advice line for help.  DryForLife’s courteous and friendly staff members will be happy to assist you in finding the right incontinence products to suit your lifestyle.

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Can Men Suffer From Stress Incontinence?

Urinary-Incontinence-after-Prostate-SurgeryAlthough stress incontinence is often thought of as a problem primarily affecting women, men can also suffer from male stress incontinence. However, the causes of stress incontinence in men and women are often very different. Male and female urinary systems are quite different, and are therefore vulnerable to different problems.

Stress incontinence refers to the involuntary leakage of urine that occurs when pressure is exerted on the bladder. This pressure can result from lifting a heavy object, coughing, sneezing or any other activity that places stress on the structures of the urinary tract such as the bladder and urethra.

In men, stress incontinence is often the result of a problem or a treatment for a problem involving the prostate gland, which is a walnut-sized organ that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounds the urethra. Inflammation or hypertrophy (overgrowth) of the prostate can put pressure on the urethra, making it difficult for the muscles to control the opening and closing of the urinary sphincter, which acts as a one-way valve allowing control of urination. When this one-way valve no longer functions properly, urine can leak out of the bladder under pressure. This leakage may range from a small, occasional trickle to complete loss of bladder control.

Common treatments for prostate disease include TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate), prostatectomy (removal of the prostate) and radiation of the prostate gland. Leakage of urine is quite common following any of these procedures, particularly prostatectomy, and often resolves in the weeks or months following surgery. For a small percentage of men (5 to 20%), prostatectomy results in permanent incontinence.

Treatment of male stress incontinence ranges from self-help remedies, to medications, to surgery, depending upon the severity and length of duration of the problem:

  • Self-help remedies – Self-help remedies are treatments that can be tried at home. These may include limiting fluid intake (but not to the point of dehydration), voiding more frequently, avoiding bladder irritants (i.e. alcohol, caffeine, citric juices and foods containing citric acid), stopping smoking (which can cause frequent coughing), and losing weight if necessary. Bladder retraining involves gradually lengthening the time between voiding trips to help to strengthen the muscles involved in controlling urination. Kegel exercises are exercises that target these muscles, and should be performed several times a day. To perform Kegels, it is important to first identify these muscles, which can be done by attempting to stop the flow of urine mid-stream. Once the person becomes aware of how to tighten these muscles, repetitions can be performed, gradually increasing the number of contractions of these muscles, as well as the length of time these contractions are held.
  • Medications – Some men require medication for treatment of male stress incontinence. Medications generally target incontinence in one of several ways: by blocking nerve signals that cause the bladder to contract abnormally, by relaxing the bladder, by decreasing the amount of urine produced, or by decreasing prostate size. Medications are not for everyone. Some medications may cause undesirable side effects or do not mix well with medications that are being taken to treat other conditions.
  • Surgery – There are several procedures that may be performed for male urinary incontinence. In general, surgery is reserved for severe cases of incontinence after less invasive remedies have been tried. Surgical options include the injection of bulking agents around the urethra, the creation of an artificial urinary sphincter, or the creation of a sling to support the urethra. Choosing surgery as an option to treat male stress incontinence is a decision that should be made only after all the risks and benefits of the procedure have been carefully explained and considered.

Kylie-Male (121 x 120)Although urinary incontinence is a distressing problem that many men find untenable, there are many incontinence products available that can decrease feelings of embarrassment over this common condition. The creation of male incontinence pads and male incontinence pants that look and feel like regular underwear can greatly increase confidence and security, diminishing feelings of shame and depression that many men who suffer from incontinence feel.  Do take a look at our DryForLife range of products designed specifically for men.

For more information do visit www.dryforlife.co.uk or call our discreet customer services helpline on 0800 051 7729.

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Don’t Miss Out: Offer Ends This Saturday To Get £5 OFF!

5Our special New Year/January DryForLife offer of £5 off your next incontinence order when you spend over £50 ends this Saturday!

So don’t miss out and stock up on your usual incontinence products. Whether that’s incontinence pants or incontinence pads, we have plenty of stock of everything we sell!

To get your £5 OFF simply enter code 5OFF online or when ordering online or by telephone on 0800 051 7729.

We have a wide range of great products you can stock up on from leading manufacturers such as Lille Healthcare, TENA, BrollySheets and EvaDry including:-

For more information do visit www.dryforlife.co.uk or call our discreet customer services helpline on 0800 051 7729.

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