It is estimated that 20 percent of women in the UK are affected to some extent by urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence strikes women twice as often as men, and can often affect women’s physical, psychological, and social well-being.
Contrary to popular belief, incontinence is not a problem that affects senior women only and can affect women all ages.
Popular causes of incontinence and weak bladder control in women include:
During pregnancy, unborn babies push down on the bladder, urethra and pelvic floor muscles. The uterus rests on the bladder and its supporting ligaments, causing the ligaments and surrounding muscles to stretch. When those structures become too relaxed they are ultimately less effective at supporting the bladder, which in turn can lead to bladder weakness. Hormones in constipation during pregnancy are also contributors to incontinence.
Many women leak urine after giving birth. The extreme pressure of labour and vaginal birth can weaken pelvic floor support and damage nerves that control the bladder. Incontinence following childbirth is common extremely normal, however weak bladder control often goes away after the muscles have time to heal. If you still experience problems 6 weeks after childbirth, it is recommended that you contact your doctor.
Some women have bladder control problems after they stop having periods. After menopause, the body stops making the female hormone called Estrogen. Experts and researchers often insist that it is the lack of Estrogen that weakens the urethral tissue.
Incontinence can sometimes impose significant lifestyle restrictions. Activities such as going for a run, going swimming, going to the gym and going on short road trips are often avoided by women who suffer from incontinence. However, many women are afraid of talking to their doctor or the people around them about their incontinence due to embarrassment or other concerns, despite it being such a common medical problem. Urinary incontinence can often affect women’s physical, psychological, and social well-being and sometimes can impose significant lifestyle restrictions. It is, therefore, vital to be aware of the products that are available for managing your incontinence to rapidly improve your quality of life. Owning the correct products to manage your incontinence can make incontinence much easier and less stressful to deal with.
Take a look at the products that are available for you to try to effectively manage your condition:
Many manufacturers have designed female specific products, which are designed to provide you with a sense of style, comfort, dignity and control. Shaped Incontinence pads are specially designed to fit the contours of a woman’s body, providing greater protection for all levels of incontinence. If you have moderate to heavy incontinence, then the shaped pad offers greater protection from leakages and odour. They are larger in size than regular pads, with higher rates of absorbency. Most pads come with anti-leak sides to keep you secure and dry. The pads work best when worn with tight fitting underwear, or specially designed net and Lycra stretch pants.
You can shop our range of women’s Shaped Pads here
All in ones
All-in-one incontinence pads are specially designed for heavy urinary incontinence and often have the highest absorbency level. These pads provide this protection. A benefit of choosing all-in-one pads is the re-fastenable adhesive in the pads which lock the product in place, making them easy and convenient to put on. You do not have to wear any other underwear with the all in one pad, providing you with greater flexibility in managing your incontinence.
The all-in-one pad is excellent for those who are less mobile or confined to bed and are much easier to put on and take off than pants.
We stock a range of all-in-one pads in a variety of models and brands.
Often referred to as insert pads, shields, mini’s, and liners, the premise of the pads is a rectangle or contoured disposable incontinence pad, and can be worn with your own underwear.
Disposable incontinence pads are suitable for light to moderate incontinence. The pads can be worn with your normal underwear and usually have an adhesive strip on the back securing it to your underwear. The material used in the pads is soft and kind to your skin, allowing you to relax if you have sensitive skin.
The pads are very discreet and are ideal for users looking for an unnoticeable pad. Various incontinence brands have discreet packaging and individually wrapped products so that they can be carried in a small bag on a night out.
Net and Lycra
Net and Lycra pants are figure hugging pants that can be worn under your everyday underwear to hold your incontinence pads securely in place. The products are comfortable and stretchy and are designed specifically to fit the contours of a woman’s body.
Many women who choose to wear Net and Lycra pants find that they provide additional freedom and movement, allowing you to be active and feel comfortable throughout the day.
Using Net and Lycra pants will ensure you have confidence in your incontinence pad and be assured that it will not fall out.
In order to find a perfect fit of the pants, ensure you choose a net pant that offers a wider crotch area to better support your pad.
Net pants are reusable and can be washed up to the recommended number of washes as stated by the manufacturer.
It is worth noting however that most net pants cannot be tumble dried as they will lose their elasticity.
If you feel like Net and Lycra pants are a convenient choice, you can shop our range of Net and Lycra on our website here.
Pull up pants
Many women who look for products which are discreet and feel unnoticeable choose to wear pull up pants. These pants allow you the opportunity to feel like you are wearing everyday underwear but with the security of knowing you are also effectively managing your incontinence.
Pull up pants are designed for moderate to severe incontinence, and come in a range of sizes and absorbencies. These are suitable for those suffering from both bladder and bowel incontinence and include elasticated waist and legs which hold the products in place just like your normal underwear. The pants are flexible and simple to get out of, ensuring dealing with incontinence is a straightforward process.
You can visit our large collection of pull up pants if you feel these pants are the perfect option for you.