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Mild urinary incontinence can happen to anyone -- from new mothers to athletes and active seniors. Thankfully, there are many hassle-free internal catheter alternatives to prevent mild or even temporary incontinence from running your life.
As you may know, surgically inserted catheters may be necessary to treat severe urinary incontinence or bladders that don't completely empty. Unfortunately, catheter insertion can be quite painful. Beyond this, catheters require special care to prevent unpleasant urinary tract infections (UTI). Catheters can also impair your ability to fully engage in the day-to-day activates that you enjoy because they can limit mobility.
These drawbacks mean catheters may not be ideal for treating temporary or mild incontinence.
Fortunately, there are catheter alternatives that are discreet, sanitary, comfortable and economical. Let's review Vitality Medical's most popular incontinence supplies -- penile clamps, compression pouches, pads, protective underwear, muscle training and underpads:
Which Catheter Alternative is Right for Me?
Gender is a logical place to start when determining what incontinence supplies can help manage light or temporary incontinence.
For Him: There are wearable male incontinence products that boost confidence and prevent incontinence-related worries from slowing you down. The following are ideal for men recovering from prostate surgery or experiencing minor urinary control issues due to age or injury:
Penile clamps -- Don't be fooled by the name, penile clamps (also called incontinence clamps) are anatomically designed for all-day comfort and maximum control. These rewashable clamps come in different sizes (or have special features) to accommodate virtually any man. The clamps can be worn during daily activities and easily fit through zippers.
How they work: Some are shaped like clamps that the penis is inserted into. Others essentially wrap around the penis shaft. Regardless of style, every penile clamp maintains blood flow throughout the penis while gently maintaining pressure on the urethra to prevent leakage.
- Tip: Travelers needn't worry; many incontinence clamps do not contain metal. These units slip through metal detectors at airports and other public venues.
Compression pouches -- These disposable pouches cover part of the penis and gently compress the urethra to control urine flow. They also protect clothing from stray urine droplets. Virtually undistinguishable under clothing, the ACTICUF Male Dribbling Incontinence Pad Pouch is a breeze to use in public urinals where privacy is at a premium.
For Her: Women have several cost-effective pads and undergarments with incontinence protection that far exceeds traditional panty guards. However, these incontinence items are every bit as comfortable and economical as everyday garments, giving you the additional confidence to tackle your day with poise.
Pads -- Several pads (also called insert pads or large insert pads) are worn with regular underwear and come in varying absorbency levels. Available in regular or long, these pads all carry an adhesive strip to keep them in place during as you run the marathon that we call life.
- Tip: Look for attributes such as pH balance (for odor reduction) and moisture-wicking properties to keep you comfortable if urine leakage occurs. TENA Serenity Heavy Absorbency Pads are a popular example because they feature a Dry-Fast Core that traps moisture away from the skin.
Protective Underwear -- Incontinence undergarments have come a long way in design, comfort and quality. Mimicking traditional underwear in look and feel, these garments provide maximum ventilation to maintain skin health/integrity. They are perfect for use with pads.
- Tip: While disposable adult protective underwear is available, environmentally (and wallet) friendly mesh pants can be an economical option. For example, TENA's Comfort Mesh Pants are economical to purchase and are reusable up to 50 times.
Muscle training -- Pelvic floor strength is often overlooked, but critical to overall health and managing urinary incontinence. Pelvic muscles support the bowel, bladder and uterus. Weak muscles could trigger urinal incontinence while laughing, coughing/sneezing or during exercise.
- For your consideration: The Kegelmaster 2000 is a spring-operated vaginal exerciser that strengthens pelvic floor muscles through variable, progressive resistance. This FDA-approved device is clinically proven to alleviate urine leakage/incontinence. It's also a leading product in Vitality Medical's Just For Women line because it is the only resistance pelvic exerciser on the market.
For everyone: What else should I consider?
Underpads (commonly called Chux) are available to minimize the impact of incontinence on day-to-day living. These cost-effective pads protect mattresses, furniture or wheelchairs from wetness and accompanying odors. If an accident occurs, they are easy to dispose, keeping your home sanitary.
Look for underpads that minimize rustling noises, a non-slip backing to keep them in place while you sleep and have a core that features microbeads or another super-absorbent material.
- Fashionista alert: While many underpads emphasize function over form, Sure Fit's elegant-looking Matelasse Damask Furniture Cover, lets you have your cake and eat it too! Carrying a classic damask-pattern inspired by French matelasse and available in several colors, these reusable covers add flair (and protection) to your favorite furniture.
- Ready to roll: Stylish, yet absorbent, wheelchair pads are also available. These are custom-designed to address the unique needs of wheelchair users including non-slip backing and an anti-fungal finish. The Salk CareFor Deluxe Designer Print Reusable Wheelchair Pad is a popular choice among Vitality Medical customers.
Whether treating temporary incontinence after childbirth, actively managing a long-term illness or recovering from injury, Vitality Medical has catheter alternatives to suit your lifestyle and budget.
If you have urinary incontinence, then there are a number of highly effective tips you can use to ensure quality continence care. An incontinence problem should not stop you from living life to the fullest. You should and can lead a productive life, enjoying with friends and family. All you need to do is to take care of yourself by observing some effective health tips, and you can lead a healthy and happy life with no problems.
Some tips for continence care include the following:
Eat The Right Diet
You need to avoid all food and drink items which irritate your bladder. Avoid artificial sweeteners, spicy foods, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, along with carbonated beverages.
Ensure Proper Fluid Intake
For some individuals with incontinence, the best solution may be proper intake of water throughout the day. Drinking water at regular intervals prevents concentrated urine levels with reduced irritation to the bladder. A healthy bladder is always an important factor for continence.
Lose Weight To Relieve Pressure
If you are overweight, then the extra pounds might be exerting pressure on your bladder. This pressure adds to your incontinence condition and causes inconvenience. Lose some weight to relieve the pressure on your bladder.
Abstain From Smoking
Smoking can cause you to cough which can set off your stress incontinence symptoms, presenting a possible leakage problem. Moreover, the smoke itself can also irritate your body to invoke an irritable reaction in the bladder as well.
It is a good continence care tip for women to try out Kegel exercises in order to strengthen your pelvic muscles. It helps to improve the control over your bladder.
Organize A Schedule
You need to organize a schedule for your daily visits to the bathroom. Start out with regular visits to the bathroom for a few weeks. Gradually, increase the time interval for visits to the restroom to improve control over your bladder.
Chart Continence Patterns
It is a good idea to record your continence patterns. This will enable you to inform your doctor about your urinating and leakage patterns and ensure the right diagnosis. The pattern will aid the medical practitioner to recommend various tips and diet changes, which can help you deal more easily and effectively with your incontinence problem.
Educate Yourself About Your Health Condition
If you want to ensure better control over your incontinence problem, then it is essential that you have basic knowledge about your current health condition. Try to acquire credible information about what incontinence is, what are the common types of incontinence, and how it is possible to diagnose and deal with your incontinence problem.
Seek Professional Help
Don't be embarrassed to consult a doctor about your condition. Incontinence is a health problem which affects both the old and the young. Proper diagnosis can help you deal with the incontinence more effectively. If incontinence continues even with diet and exercise, there are other options besides just diapers and mattress underpads, especially for men.
Your medical practitioner might recommend some exercises, medication or a surgical procedure to help you deal with your health condition. It is best to work according to the professional guidance of your medical doctor.