Urinary or bowel incontinence is the medical term for bladder or bowel leaks. In basic terms, incontinence is any loss of bladder or bowel control, but don't worry it's pretty common and there are lots of solutions to keep you active.
1 in 4 americans have bladder leakage
Over 65 million americans have experienced some form of bladder leakage. That's about one in four people and although it can be related to changes in your body as you age, it is not just the result of getting older.
It can happen to anyone
In fact, a significant percentage of people suffering from bladder or bowel leaks are under 50 years old. It can result from a number of different reasons, again it's not always age.
Talk to your Doctor
Bladder and bowel leaks aren't always permanent. Sometimes reducing the prevalence of incontinence can be a result of changing your diet or strengthening different parts of your body, but you should talk to your doctor before making any lifestyle changes.
Understanding Incontinence Levels
Everyone experiences something different. Here's how we try to help people understand what they're experiencing.
Drops and dribbles when you least expect it. Can often be influenced by a laugh, cough or exercise.
Dribbles and spurts throughout the day. These have the ability to impact the ability to maintain a normal, active life without the use of protective products.
Dribbles, Spurts and Gushes throughout the day and night. Absorbent products are required at all times, day and night to stay protected from leaks.
Full loss of bladder or bowel. An absorbent protective product is required at all times to stay protected from leaks and skin breakdown.
Product recommendations can be very different based on your mobility level. Here's how we break down levels of mobility.
Other things to Consider
There are products specific to men and women that are designed to have improved fit and protection.
Day or Night
Many people choose different products for day and night. Night products typically have higher capacity.
If you're buying a product for yourself or someone you care for, product selection may vary for ease of putting on and taking off.
Type of Incontinence
Whether you're suffering from bladder, bowel or a mixture of both, product recommendations may vary.