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Kegeling! And a T-shirt Giveaway (The Ultimate Girlfriend Birthday Gift)

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The folks at Cystex made this catchy video to remind us all to kegel!

The Mayo Clinic explains the science and technique of kegeling:

Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum. You can do Kegel exercises, also known as pelvic floor muscle training, discreetly just about anytime.

Read more about kegels and their importance on the Mayo Clinic report here.

So come on everyone, get with the program: squeeze and hold!

Squeezing helps the sneezing!  (And lots of others stuff too.)

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GIVEAWAY:  Spice up your fall wardrobe!  You can win an I’m Kegeling. Are you? t-shirt.  For a chance to win, simply enter a comment by October 30 saying you’d like to be the winner.

Don’t want to sport a kegel t-shirt yourself?  This makes a GREAT gift for a girlfriend birthday party!  LOL!

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Wearever Panties: A Giveaway!

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A post by Wearever’s Mandy Harrell:

Urinary incontinence is one of those things many people aren’t comfortable talking about.

The hush-hush issue is rarely discussed publicly despite the estimated 30 million Americans currently living with some level of it. The condition affects large demographic including active seniors, women who have birthed multiple children, and those with various health conditions.

Incontinence can also often be an issue for women going through menopause.

According to WebMD, during and after menopause, levels of the female hormone estrogen drop significantly. This lack of estrogen may cause the pelvic muscles responsible for bladder control to weaken, often resulting in urinary incontinence.

Now is the time to learn about options for dealing with incontinence, especially alternatives that help you maintain your lifestyle and are even eco-friendly. Wearever washable, reusable incontinence panties are actually real underwear made especially for those with light, moderate or heavy urinary incontinence. Say goodbye to disposable diapers and pads once and for all.

Wearever’s reusable incontinence underwear features an innovative sewn-in pad that functions as well as, if not better than, any adult diaper.

Its Unique-driTM absorbent technology works in three layers: the top layer lets liquid in; the middle layer moves liquid out to the edges of the fabric so it doesn’t pool and, therefore, resists bacteria growth and odor; and the urethane bottom layer prevents leak-through so that the moisture is contained within the undergarment.

The Wearever line also eliminates the discomfort and loss of dignity that can come with adult diapers. The women’s panties look and feel just like traditional underwear. There are even stylish solutions like women’s lace panties or comfortable cotton styles.

Even better: Wearever products are also less expensive, saving the average user nearly $500 a year compared to alternatives like adult diapers or pads.

Wearever’s washable, reusable underwear options are better for your wallet, better for the earth and better for your wardrobe. You don’t even need to think about the consistent noise of a diaper crinkling, the rough feel on skin, or the frequent trips to the store for disposable diapers anymore.

With Wearever, incontinence doesn’t have to change your active lifestyle or day to day routine any longer!

Giveway:  Wearever is offering two Friend for the Ride readers a three-pack of their lace panties pictured above. For a chance to win, simply enter a comment by September 5. Winners will be chosen using a random integer generator.  (Consider entering for a friend or relative.)  Read more about the panties here: 

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Wearever offers comfortable, quality, affordable and stylish apparel solutions for everyday health and wellness concerns. To learn more, visit  www.WeareverUS.com.   

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/weareverus

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Mandy Harrell is the brand manager for Wearever.

Guest Post: Urinary Incontinence Stop Me? No Way!

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A guest post by writer and blogger Lisa Winkler.  I asked Lisa to write this post in response to a comment she made on a Friend for the Ride post, Prolapse: Fix It with Duck Tape?  Thanks, Lisa!

About the time I started running—in my mid-40—I started leaking.  The situation gradually got worse. Much more than the slight trickle after a cough or sneeze, I’d return from a run soaked through.  I ran with a group of women, usually early Saturday mornings, about 6-8 miles.   I remember when the leader, a marathon runner, invited everyone for a post-run brunch to celebrate her birthday. I drove to her house, where the run would begin and end, followed by the brunch party. I packed a change of clothes. After the run, I couldn’t wait to get into the bathroom to change. Everyone else stayed in her athletic clothes. The host didn’t care if our sweaty bottoms sat on her dining room chairs. But I knew better.

Soon after, I decided I needed to see my urologist. I couldn’t stand running and leaking. My inner thighs were  chafed from the moisture. And I wasn’t going to stop running.

I had a relationship already with Dr. Yitzhak Berger. A few years before, I’d developed interstitial cystitis, or IC. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001508/)

Teaching at the time, I’m convinced it occurred due to job stress and the lack of free time to go to the restroom. It’s a known fact that teachers contract an unusual amount of urinary tract infections. A colleague and friend of mine, suffered from the same condition. We’d often meet at the doctor’s office.

After about nine months on medication that was supposed to alleviate the symptoms—you don’t ever really recover from IC- I had an in-office procedure, a hyperextension of the bladder. Basically they blow up the bladder like a balloon and that for whatever reason lessons the painful, irritating symptoms. It worked.  Though I sometimes get minor bouts of IC, it’s manageable.

So I want back to Dr. Berger. Getting an appointment can take weeks and then you wait and wait. He takes his time with patients.  An Israeli man who looks like Woody Allen, I always enjoyed seeing him and trusted his expertise. In a practice of 9 other all male urologists, he was the only one dedicated to women’s health and a specialist in Female Urology Urodynamics.

While too many years have passed for me to remember my exact words, I’m quite sure I said to him: “I’m not leaving until you fix this,” referring to the leakage.

He couldn’t do anything that day but suggested I consider an outpatient procedure that he’d been involved with inventing.  I didn’t have to think twice; I took his first available slot to have him place a TVT or trans-vaginal tape that supports the urethra like a hammock and prevents incontinence.

This procedure changed my life. No longer did I worry about wetting my pants during a run and could socialize after without fear of reeking like an unchanged diaper.

Now in my 50’s, and more a cyclist than a runner, I’m finding a bit of urinary incontinence from riding. New reports say that cycling affects women’s sexual health too.  If my conditions get worse, I’ll return to Dr. Berger. As far as cycling and sexual health, I put my trust in my bike shop mechanic who has fitted my bike to my body: if the handlebars and seat are correctly placed, and I’m not riding for 12 hours a day, I’m not worried.

So ladies. Find an urologist you can trust.  There’s no need to endure discomfort or embarrassment due to urinary issues. Thanks to Barbara for encouraging me to write about my experience.

Lisa K. Winkler’s blog: http://cyclingrandma.wordpress.com/ chronicles her opinions and observations. She’s the author of On the Trail of the Ancestors: A Black Cowboy’s Ride Across America.  Find out more at her website: www.lisakwinkler.com