Incontinence Info

       

golf-webIncontinence can be embarrassing and difficult to discuss.  The stigma associated with bladder control issues has caused it to remain a “taboo subject”.  Knowing the facts about incontinence can eliminate the stigma and improve the quality of life.
 
Incontinence is a medical condition. It is “not a normal part of aging” nor is it a disease.  Bladder control issues are estimated to affect one in three elderly persons, or 10 million seniors.  If left untreated incontinence can lead to isolation, loss of freedom, and unnecessary frustration.

If you or a loved one experience incontinence, it is essential for you to communicate with a medical professional.  Today’s technological advancements offer a variety of successful treatments and, for some, even a cure. No longer does one have to worry about embarrassing odors or leakage and individuals can continue with active lifestyle.  A myriad of solutions is available to enable independence, enhance confidence, and improve the quality of life.

Using absorbent products is a discreet way you for you to start managing incontinence. Absorbent products, such as guards, pads, briefs, and underwear, are designed to trap and hold urine, providing a physical barrier against urine leakage. They are a great way to give you a sense of security so that you can continue doing the things you enjoy, leading an active and social life. There are many products to choose from and many factors to consider.

There are five common types of incontinence, which can be experienced either separately or in a variety of combinations. 

  • Stress incontinence is the leakage of a small amount of urine due to sudden pressure on the bladder experienced when laughing, coughing, exercising, or lifting a heavy object.
  • Urge incontinence is a sudden “urge” to urinate that is so strong that the bathroom cannot be reached in time. 
  • Overflow incontinence occurs when the bladder fills beyond capacity and urine spills.  Individuals may also experience the feeling of never being able to empty the bladder.
  • Reflex incontinence is an involuntary urination without any sensation of a full bladder.  It is possible to be completely unaware of the need to urinate when this happens. 
  • Functional incontinence can result from a surgery, restricted mobility, environmental barriers, medications, or mental disorders.

 

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Today’s superabsorbent technology eliminates embarrassing odors, leakage, and skin breakdown. Absorbent products come in a variety of sizes, styles, and absorbency levels to meet each person’s individualized protection needs. Pads worn in underwear, pull-on style protective underwear, undergarments, and full briefs are all designed to address light, moderate or heavy levels of incontinence. Identifying the type of incontinence coupled with the amount of urine flow and mobility level will assist in determining which product is right for you.

 It is very important to note that not all disposable products are created equal. Low performance products comprised of cotton fluff or products manufactured for menstruation are not effective in the management of incontinence. Bladder control products comprised of superabsorbent polymers offer the highest level of performance and will quickly absorb and neutralize urine. High performance products retain large volumes of urine, prevent leakage, control bacterial growth, eliminate odor and improve the quality of life. In addition, they also offer a cost-saving advantage.

Here at Cooper Medical Supplies we care two lines of quality disposable absorbent products, Tranquility and Tena. Come in and consult with our knowledgeable staff and they will assist you In choosing the correct product to meet all of your incontinence requirements.      

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