What Is Incontinence?
Urinary Incontinence, affects between 3-6 Million adults in the UK to one degree or another. Urinary Incontinence, is defined as an involuntary leakage of urine. It is often distressing and more common than people may think, and usually there is a treatable medical condition which if resolved should alleviate the problem.
For the most part, it is most commonly found in the older generations and numbers of cases are expected to increase due to the aging population. Men or women can be affected, however the way the body works in males means there are less instances in men.
Incontinence has made its way into the news recently as numerous celebrities have shared their experiences with the condition, in order to encourage people not to suffer in silence with the stigma attached to the condition.
What Are the Main Causes of Incontinence?
There are a number of main causes of incontinence, some of the main ones include:
- Enlarged Prostate
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinsons Disease
- Spinal Injury
Alongside this, it is thought that incontinence affects around half of women who have been through natural childbirth, yet it is also thought many of these women don’t seek medical advice and help. This due to over stretching of the pelvic floor muscles which sometimes cannot retract. New mothers can often struggle with
There are differing severities of incontinence and your doctor will help you to understand what is required in order for you to be able to cope with the condition. Training of the bladder muscles through exercise is one possibility. Electrical stimulation is another way to attempt to strengthen pelvic muscles.
Other Methods Of Coping With Incontinence
There are a whole host of incontinence products available that are designed to help you or those you care for carry on living as normal a life as possible without the worry of suffering a mishap or accident.
- Disposable Incontinence Products – these are a popular method of helping to keep incontinence and leaks in check. They are suited to handling leakages of a large or small quantity and allow for a discrete experience for the patient
- Reusable incontinence products – these are suited for being washed and used again. They come in various guises, from pants to full body stockings. These are designed to help those with the problem handle it discretely and allow them to continue with life as normally as possible.
- Incontinence Bedding – waterproof incontinence bedding, means that your patients can sleep soundly at night knowing that any accidents that may occur can easily be cleaned up and no damage that lasts will be caused to the bed and bedding
- Incontinence Swimwear – this is ideal for those who remain active yet are worried about leakage. This is a discrete way of ensuring that your patient can stay fit, enjoy activities that keep them occupied and
Beaucare Medical have a wealth of experience when it comes to dealing with the sensitive issue of adult incontinence. If you or someone in your care has any of these issues then get in touch with us today!