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Smart Strategies To Handle Stress Urinary Incontinence

You are not alone! Incontinence can feel like a sensitive issue to confront. But TRUST ME, you seriously have no idea how common it is! We’ve all heard the joke that the pregnant lady can’t sneeze or she’ll pee her pants, but incontinence actually affects people of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations. For the people affected by it, it certainly doesn’t feel like a joke. Does it?

 

You may feel uncomfortable sharing your symptoms with a doctor, possibly you have embarrassing stories associated with your symptoms. I can’t recommend strongly enough that you find a physical therapist who has experience with your condition, and that you feel comfortable talking openly with.

INCONTINENCE CAN OCCUR DURING SLIGHT PRESSURE, or ONLY MORE FORCEFUL ACTIVITIES

Sometimes it is a drop or two, other times it soaks your clothing. Stress incontinence, specifically, involves the web of pelvic floor muscles that regulate the release of urine for your body. When these muscles weaken it can result in poor coordination with your bladder and pelvic floor, and cause unexpected urine release.  

Your pelvic floor muscles and urinary sphincter may lose strength for any number of reasons.

There are many ways to deal with the symptoms of Stress UI at home, or simply to supplement your physical therapy treatment plan. Check out these tips and well reviewed products to find your incontinence zen!

SUI PRODUCTS RECOMMENDED TO IMPRESS! 1) Impressa Sizing Kit from Amazon

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT:

Impressa is a soft, flexible product that looks similar to a tampon. It is specifically designed for women with stress incontinence concerns. It is inserted into the vaginal canal and provides pressure to the neck of your bladder, sealing it so you don’t have any leaks while coughing, sneezing, laughing or doing other physical activities. I’ve also found that it is helpful for women who often feel a “heaviness” — as if something were going to fall out of their vagina while exercising or being on their feet all day. This sizing kit is a wonderful, cost effective option, which allows you to explore sizes so you can meet your body where it’s at!

KEY TAKEAWAYS: Best for urinary incontinence or prolapse support, cost effective, gives you options

COST: $13.49 + free shipping for Amazon Prime members

(21ct packs of each size range from $31-$36)

2) ActiCuf Urinary Incontinence Compression Pouch from Amazon

 

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT:
The ActiCuf Urinary Incontinence Compression Pouch is a disposable, one-time use urinary incontinence assistance product for individuals with a penis. This nifty little pouch is absorbent removing the need for an additional “backup pad”. The pouch is also a 2-in-1 product, at the top is a plastic compression band. The plastic compression band can be adjusted by squeezing and releasing it a couple of times to make it more flexible and comfortable. The ActiCuf is so discreet, small enough to keep a backup in your pocket without anyone noticing! You can quickly and easily remove and replace it when out in public, or at a urinal. It is a great nonmetallic option for those who need to contend with metal detectors during travel. This pouch is designed for those that dribble, if you have increased incontinence concerns you may find yourself going through pouches more often than is economical.

KEY TAKEAWAYS: 2-in-1 purpose, disposable, discreet, nonmetallic

COST: $24.99 (10ct pack) + free shipping for Amazon Prime members

3) Cunningham Clamps from Amazon

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT:
Many men complain that their only option to deal with incontinence is an unreliable surgery. The Cunningham Clamp is designed by Bard Home Medical. This is the regular 2” size, other sizes are available directly from Bard Medical website. The pressure clamp can comfortably be worn all day, or even in a pool, however NOT at night. The top and bottom of the clamp are moldable, adjusting to your comfort level. The latch is easily adjustable through clothing as well! The latch is metal, so plan to light up metal detectors. The inside is lined with soft, sponge rubber for comfort. It does degrade over time so it will need replacing at times. Those with higher levels of incontinence use this, in conjunction with a urinary pad, with great success! The Cunningham Clamp will bring you the freedom you desire!

KEY TAKEAWAYS: moldable, metallic clamp, can be adjusted through clothing, can be worn in water

COST: $36.30 + free shipping for Amazon Prime members

4) Urinary Incontinence Pads
Poise Pads and Liners

Depends for Men and Women

Always Discreet Pads, Liners, and Underwear

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT:
Many people think that wearing a menstrual pad for urinary incontinence is enough to do the trick, but that is really not the case. It can actually become uncomfortable to wear menstrual pads on an extended basis. Menstrual and incontinence pads are designed differently. Menstrual pads are meant to pull gel-like substances from the skin, whereas incontinence pads instead pull liquid away from the skin. The brands that my patients routinely prefer are listed above.

KEY TAKEAWAYS: most disposable, options for men & women, variety of choice, designed for long term comfort

COST: Variable
Make sure to check out each brand’s website, as they often have coupons!

5) Speax by Think Reusable Incontinence Underwear from Speax by Thinx

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT:

Speax offers multiple styles of incontinence underwear, most of which are available in a variety of colors. These are the most discreet and economical option. They look absolutely no different from any other thong you might wear, but in reality they are packed with the tools to keep you comfortable all day. Leak proof and come with a moisture rich barrier to ensure that your clothes remain dry. Each pair will tell you how many teaspoons of liquid the design can hold. The panties are odor resistant so you don’t have to worry ever! The best thing about Speax is that they are reusable!! Wash in cold water and wear again. So restock your underwear drawer with these adorable beauties and your only daily struggle will be deciding which pair is cuter!

KEY TAKEAWAYS: reusable, adorable, style and size options, discreet, odor resistant, washable, comfortable

COST: $28 – $39 per pair ($94 – $104 for sets of 3)

They are often offering discounts as well so check out their site!

6) PROTECHDRY – Washable Urinary Incontinence Cotton Boxer Brief Underwea r from Amazon

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT:

These magical boxer briefs come with a money back guarantee through PROTECHDRY if you are not completely satisfied. That is a bold claim people, but PROTECHDRY lives up to the hype! They come in multiple different sizes and color options. They also have just a brief option if you prefer. With a built in absorbent section in the front of the briefs, and all of the seams are sealed, you are guaranteed not to leak! Designed to remove skin contact with damp areas in order to avoid irritation, they are also made of odor reducing fibers designed to break down the molecules of the ammonia, and all of this together makes them a stellar option for boxer brief underwear. No matter where you are on the gender spectrum, or what the cause is for your stress incontinence there is a pair of underwear that you can feel comfortable in, that is discreet, and will serve as a daily tool allowing you to live life more freely yourself.

KEY TAKEAWAYS: reusable, discreet, reduce skin irritation, washable, economical, comfortable, style and size options

COST: $24.99 + free shipping for Amazon Prime members

Remember that incontinence is not something you need to suffer in alone or be embarrassed by, it is unfortunately common. Let’s make it just as common to share with one another our struggles, AND our tools of success!!

Extra References

Shining a Light on Urinary Incontinence: Causes, Symptoms, and Types

Bladder Basics: How it Works and How to Work It

Working with Dr. Laura: PATIENT PERSPECTIVE

 

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