What is incontinence?
Incontinence is a term that describes any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or bowel motion, faeces or wind from the bowel (faecal or bowel incontinence).
Incontinence is a widespread condition that ranges in severity from 'just a small leak' to complete loss of bladder or bowel control. In fact, over 4.8 million Australians have bladder or bowel control problems for a variety of reasons. Incontinence can be treated and managed. In many cases it can also be cured.
Think you might have a problem?
If you experience bladder or bowel problems, but are not sure if you should seek help,try the questionnaire below.
* Do you sometimes feel you have not completely emptied your bladder?
* Do you have to rush to use the toilet?
* Are you frequently nervous because you think you might lose control of your bladder or bowel?
* Do you wake up twice or more during the night to go to the toilet?
* Do you sometimes leak before you get to the toilet?
* Do you sometimes leak when you lift something heavy?
* Do you sometimes leak when you exercise or play sport?
* Do you sometimes leak when you change from a seated or lying position to a standing position?
* Do you strain to empty your bowel?
* Do you sometimes soil your underwear?
* Do you plan your daily routine around where the nearest toilet is?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have a bladder or bowel control problem. The first step is to talk to your doctor or contact the National Continence Helpline on1800 33 00 66. The National Continence Helpline is staffed by a team of continence nurse advisors who offer free information, advice and support and can provide you with a wide range of information resources and referrals to local services.
Urinary incontinence (or poor bladder control) is a common condition, that is commonly associated with pregnancy, childbirth, menopause or a range of chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes or arthritis.
Poor bladder control can range from the occasional leak when you laugh, cough or exercise to the complete inability to control your bladder, which may cause you to completely wet yourself. Other symptoms you may experience includethe constant need to urgently or frequently visit the toilet, associated with 'accidents'.
There are different types of incontinence with a number of possible causes. The following are the most common:
* stress incontinenc * urge incontinence * overflow incontinence and * functional incontinence
You can find out more about these forms of incontinence by visiting the Continence Foundation of Australia's website, and the link is below.
Urinary incontinence can be caused by many things, but can be treated, better managed and in many cases cured. For this reason, it is important to talk to your doctor or a continence advisor about your symptoms, in order to get on top of them.
People with poor bowel control or faecal incontinence have difficulty controlling their bowels. This may mean you pass faeces or stools at the wrong time or in the wrong place. You may also find you pass wind when you don't mean to or experience staining of your underwear.
About one in 20 people experience poor bowel control. It is more common as you get older, but a lot of young people also have poor bowel control. Many people with poor bowel control also have poor bladder control (wetting themselves).
Faecal incontinence can have a number of possible causes. The following are the most common:
* weak back passage musclesdue to having babies, getting older, some types of surgery or radiation therapy
* constipation, or
* severe diarrhoea
Welcome to Drytimes Incontinence Products
Did you know that nearly 5 million Australians live with incontinence every day? Incontinence affects both men and women, regardless of age or cultural background. Women are more likely to be incontinent than men, with pregnancy and menopause being major contributing factors, and over half of women living with incontinence are under 50 years of age. Disposable continence pads are the single largest cost for people living with incontinence, and they can cost thousands of $$ each year. Incontinence can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and restrictive to your lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to be!
If you or anyone in your family are dealing with bladder or bowel incontinence, then Drytimes products can help you find comfort, confidence and freedom and help you live life to the full again. Drytimes products are rigorously tested to ensure they give you great value for money, while being discreet, quiet and comfortable. Save thousands of $$ over the cost of disposable products by using Drytimes washable and reusable incontinence bed pads and underwear, and help the environment by not putting thousands of disposable products into landfill!
All Drytimes products are unisex and simply described on our website to make purchasing easy. Our fabrics are kind and soft on your skin and will keep you feeling dry, while being super absorbent and comfortable to wear or lay on. All Drytimes products are made from premium materials that last, and are machine washable and tumble dryer safe. Your online order is delivered discreetly via Australia Post in plain packaging.
There is assistance available to people living with incontinence, and a great place to start is the Continence Foundation of Australia website – click here to visit it.
You may also qualify for assistance under the Australian Government's "Continence Aids Payment Scheme". Click here to get more information.