More than 75 percent of the 26 million people in America who suffer with incontinence issues are women. As many as one in four women over the age of 18 will experience episodes of urine leakage at some point in their lives. The reason comes down to basic anatomy. The reasons that urinary incontinence is up to five times more likely in women than in men is because of the physical changes that occur during pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.
Stress Urinary Incontinence is the most common type of female incontinence. Stress Urinary Incontinence is caused by weakened pelvic floor muscles. Accidents occur when the bladder unexpectedly leaks due to pressure from physical exertion such as heavy lifting, exercising, or even coughing, sneezing, or laughing. Any of these actions can potentially cause a loss of control that leads to urinary incontinence. Amounts of leakage tend to be small, but can be more significant. Another type of incontinence is is Urge Incontinence (also called "overactive bladder"), which is accompanied by symptoms of urgency and frequency that make it hard to get to the bathroom in time.
If you experience incontinence, you should always be evaluated by your doctor because incontinence isn't a condition, but rather it is a symptom of a condition. Unfortunately, incontinence is not an unavoidable part of aging, so it is wise to get expert advice to help you manage it.
The following are a few of Rely Medical's most popular categories of female incontinence products.
Incontinence Pads for Women
Choosing the right products to manage your incontinence depends on the degree of the problem. The best products for women who experience light incontinence are disposable incontinence pads and liners. Because these products are specifically made to absorb urine, they are far more effective than regular panty liners or even menstrual pads. Choose a thin liner pad id you experience light absorbency needs, such as losing a few drops of urine while coughing or laughing. A good choice are liners with a specific design that follows your body's natural contours for a better fit and exact coverage, such as TENA Bladder Control Pads. These pads have a superabsorbent core that locks in liquid quickly to keep you comfortable and dry. They also have advanced odor protection and an adhesive strip to secure the pad in place. If you need more protection, consider incontinence pads with a higher absorbency level and more surface area like Prevail Pads. These pads come in sizes up to 16 inches from front to back. They have a core that locks away wetness. These pads are thin with a contoured design and a soft top layer for superior comfort.
Diapers and Protective Underwear for Women
When a higher level of absorbency is needed, pull-up disposable protective underwear and adult disposable diapers for women with tab closures are top choices. Some products can hold more than a cup of urine. If you are active and independent, you may prefer pull-up protective underwear because they're easier to put on and quicker to change while standing. If you like the ability to adjust the fit to a more exact degree, then go with tab style diapers. When the wearer has limited mobility, diapers are easier for a caregiver to put on and change.
Popular choices include Previal SmoothFit for Women, which are designed to look and feel like regular underwear, this is a pull-on style for moderate to heavy bladder weakness. It has a cloth-like outer fabric that is soft against the skin and which hugs the body for a close, comfortable fit. The Rely Breathable Brief is made in America and is designed to address the needs of virtually any incontinent individual. Its full wing, contoured shape offers a close, comfortable and personal fit and a soft inner lining prevents rubbing against delicate skin.
When deciding on exactly which incontinence supplies are right for you, one solution might be a combination of products, especially when cost is a concern. For example, you may choose a more expensive and more effective women's diaper when you're out and about and want total security. And use a less expensive option for when you're at home. Because Rely Medical Supply offers an extensive range of products and price points, you can easily find women's incontinence products that meet your needs and your budget.
If you have questions or want to learn more about product options available, speak with a Rely Medical Supply Product Expert. Our Product Experts are available by calling toll-free at (888) 529-2308 • Weekdays 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CST. Our friendly and caring Product Experts will be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you have about our products, services, or take your order right over the phone.
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