Urinary Incontinence Products For Working Women
Remember when you only needed to take coffee breaks, lunch breaks, and stretch breaks? Those were the good old days. Now you take pee breaks, MORE pee breaks, and GET-OUTTA-MY-WAY-EMERGENCY-PEE-BREAKS!
Perhaps you often find thoughts like these racing through your mind: How on earth did this happen? Is it stress? Is it diet? Was it the pregnancy? Is it age? I'M NOT OLD! Will it ever go away? Will I need surgery? What if I can't work anymore?
If this is hitting close to home...take a deep breath...and relax. Urinary incontinence affects millions of women around the world (and men too), and it is caused by several factors, which are often different for each individual. The important thing to understand is that urinary incontinence in women is actually quite common, it affects women of all ages, it is manageable, and it does not spell certain doom for your career or social life.
Short-term solutions - for immediate results - will need to be combined with a long-term strategy to manage its effects and minimize the interruptions to your work life. A variety of products are available to provide women with the tools necessary to manage their condition without surgery.
Short Term Solutions...
Strategies for managing an overactive bladder in the short term include using urinary incontinence products like pads, liners, shields or protective briefs to catch the leaks; cleaning up with adult washcloths to maintain good hygiene and comfort; and then following up with sprays or no-rinse creams to eliminate odors.
Pads and liners are your first line of defense. Different women will find one product to be more effective or more comfortable than another, so don't rush out and buy adult incontinence products in bulk or sign up for automatic shipments just yet. Start with a variety of products from established manufacturers to see what provides the best combination of absorbency and comfort for your own body.
To prevent skin irritation and the spread of bacteria, you will want to clean affected areas as needed, and there are wipes and disposable washcloths designed just for this purpose. Not all varieties are "flushable", so if that is a necessity for your situation, then be sure the product matches your needs before purchasing.
Air fresheners and/or body-safe deodorizers are also available. Many pads, liners and shields already contain enzymes and other compounds which neutralize urine's odor on contact, but women with extra-sensitive skin may find a separate product to be more helpful.
Long Term Cures...
Pads, liners, wipes, washes, and other products for incontinence are necessary for soaking up leaks and keeping the skin clean and healthy, but using these products is by no means the only strategy to getting your life (and confidence) back. Treating the symptoms is only the first step. We're also going to want to address the root of the problem and regain some control over that bladder: your pelvic floor is going to need some work.
The pelvic muscles that control urinary function can grow weaker over time, but just like any other muscle in your body these muscles can be gradually strengthened with a regular, targeted exercise routine.
Kegel exercises have long been endorsed for their ability to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, allowing for improvements in bladder control and sexual function. While Kegels can be performed without weights or devices, countless studies in the fields of sports medicine and human physiology have shown that increasing levels of exercise resistance is essential to improving muscular strength, which is why several female incontinence products have been developed that can make Kegel exercises even more effective by adding light resistance.
Some women also report improvement by making dietary changes and adding nutritional supplementation to promote normal bladder functioning. Reducing consumption of any foods or beverages that have a diuretic effect (like many caffeinated products, for example) can certainly help.
With a little experimentation and planning, you can handle this! Don't just suffer in silence; instead, be proactive and find out what works for you. Improve your diet, perform exercises to strengthen your core and pelvic floor, find incontinence products designed for women that have the right shape and fit for your body, and start taking back control of your life! You can do this!