How Incontinence products affect your health?

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Have you seen those incontinence product advertisements of women dancing and laughing trying to convince you that you can enjoy life if you use their products?

How Incontinence Products Affect Your Health?

In addition to being an Occupational Therapy Practitioner who treats this all too common problem, I also experienced

bladder leaks and bladder urgency after giving birth. I looked into every possible treatment and while I prefer natural treatments; below you will find all your incontinence choices and how each affects your health so you can make an informed decision and decide what's right for you.

1. Pads or Adult Diapers

Wearing pads and diapers are a band-aid approach– it will not treat the issue and worse yet, lead to other side effects. When adult diapers and pads become unclean from body secretions such as urine, there is a risk for bacterial infections and rash. In severe cases, it can even lead to cervical cancer. However, if a person has a neurological disorder or kidney damage, pads and/or adult diapers may be the only option.

2. Incontinence Medications

Alice, a 58 year old former patient, arrived at my office after trying medicine for bladder leaks without success. Incontinence pills often don't work and the most commonly reported side effects of the drugs are dry mouth, dry skin, dry eyes, constipation and upset stomach. Constipation makes urinary incontinence worse because an over-full bowel presses on the bladder, reducing the amount of urine your bladder can hold.

In older people, complications from urinary incontinence medications can be heart rhythm problems and sudden death.

Urinary Incontinence Causes Falls, Fractures and Fatalities

Many patients are rushed to the emergency department due to hip, skull, back and wrist fractures received from tripping on urine or from rushing to make it to the toilet before their bladder leaks.

3. Insertible Objects

There’s an exercise device that cost $449.00 and this device hurts because it pinches your unmentionables! (I tried it during my research).

There’s other products that you are supposed to put in your private area that are supposed to help with bladder leaks but it still doesn’t SOLVE the problem. Severe health consequences from putting foreign objects in your body are urinary tract infections that lead to sepsis.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is a serious medical condition caused by the body's response to an infection. It is a medical emergency that can damage tissues and organs and can be fatal.