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What Is Incontinence? Treatment Options to Cure Incontinence

Posted by on November 12, 2013 under BladderMatters | Be the First to Comment

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  • Urinary incontinence affects 25 million Americans
  • One out of every three people will experience loss of bladder control at some point
  • 33 million people suffer from overactive bladder
  • There are more than 4 million doctor’s office visits each year for urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • 1 in 3 women over the age of 45 have stress urinary incontinence
  • 1 in 2 women over the age of 65 have stress urinary incontinence
  • 50% of men report leakage from stress urinary incontinence following prostate surgery
  • Pelvic organ prolapse affects 3.3 million women in the United States

 What is Incontinence?

Incontinence is the loss of bladder and/or bowel control.  The loss of control can be partial or complete, ranging anywhere from a slight dribble to a total void. Incontinence is often a symptom of other medical issues, although it can also be the result of certain medications. Incontinence does not discriminate; it affects young and old, men and women, people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Incontinence can be embarrassing to deal with, causing anxiety and distress to those who suffer from the condition.

By learning more about incontinence and your many treatment options, you can learn to effectively manage the symptoms and gain control of your life back.

Treatment Options

Some types of incontinence are temporary, while others may be permanent.  In many cases, there are treatment options that can reduce – or sometimes cure – the symptoms.  Treatment options fall into several categories:

  • Behavioral Techniques: These treatment options are the least invasive, and your doctor may start here before moving to more invasive options.  Behavior techniques include bladder training, scheduled toiled trips, and fluid and diet management.  Learn More.
  • Physical Therapy: Physical therapy is another non-invasive treatment option.  These techniques include activities such as pelvic floor muscle exercises (Kegel exercises) and electrical stimulation. Learn More.
  • Medications:  Prescription medications are sometimes used in conjunction with behavioral techniques. Some common incontinence medications include anticholinergics (for overactive bladder), imipramine (for urge and stress incontinence), duloxetine (for stress incontinence) and low-dose topical estrogen. Learn More.
  • Medical Devices: There are several medical devices approved to help treat incontinence in women. Two such devices are the urethral insert, which acts as a plug against leakage, and the pessary, which helps hold up a prolapsed bladder or uterus. Learn More.
  • Interventional Therapies: These treatment options are more invasive, requiring injections or implantations.  Interventional therapies may include bulking material injections, Botox injections, or a nerve stimulator implant. Learn More.
  • Surgery:  If other therapies aren’t working, you may be a candidate for a surgery option.  Some common incontinence surgery procedures include a sling procedure (pelvic mesh), bladder neck suspension, and artificial urinary sphincter implantation. Learn More.

Incontinence Products

There are many products available to help contain urine and feces, protect tender skin, and individuals manage their symptoms and gain control over their lives.   Your doctor may recommend some products, while others may give you the added comfort and security you need.  Visit our Bladder Matters Blog to learn more about the types of incontinence products we offer.

To see the different brands of incontinence supplies we offer, visit the Total Home Care Supplies Web Store.

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Walk Off Your Breast Cancer Risk

Posted by on October 22, 2013 under Resources | Be the First to Comment

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The results are in!  Moderate physical activity, such as walking, can substantially reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.  Recent results of a large long-term study by the American Cancer Society support a strong correlation between physical activity and postmenopausal breast cancer risk.  Scientists have been collecting evidence for some time that exercise reduces the risk of many types of cancer; the question is, how much exercise is enough?

Over a 17 year study of 73,615 women, researchers found that just an hour a day of moderate physical activity – such as walking – reduced risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women by 14%.  That’s not all: more vigorous activity was linked with a 25% lower risk of breast cancer compared with those who exercised 3 or fewer hours per week.

Current health guidelines for adults recommend at least 150 minutes, or 2 ½ hours per week, of moderate intensity exercise.  Less that half of U.S. women currently achieve these minimum activity levels.  Yet surveys indicate that more than 60% of women report walking daily.  By increasing this leisure-time activity to an hour a day, post-menopausal women can measurably reduce their breast cancer risk compared with those who exercise 3 or fewer hours per week.

Post-menopausal women are the age group most likely to develop breast cancer.   Approximately one out of every eight women in the U.S. will develop malignant breast cancer in her lifetime, and the risk increases with age.  Although a person can be diagnosed with breast cancer at any age, 2 out of 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women aged 55 and older.

RELATED: What Does Breast Cancer Feel Like? 

For more information about breast cancer signs, symptoms and treatment options, visit the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website, the American Cancer Society, Mayo Clinic, and Susan G. Komen For the Cure.