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Behavioral Changes for a Better Bladder

We take great pride in offering the very best incontinence supplies on the market today. Our incontinence supplies are offered to help our customers live happier, healthier lives. A lot of happiness comes from a sense of comfort. Unfortunately, lack of bladder control can often cause a lack of confidence. Fortunately, there are behavioral changes that can be made that can provide some relief.

What Causes an Overactive Bladder?

When the muscles of the bladder begin to involuntarily contract, a sudden urge to urinate comes about, whether or not your bladder is full. Feeling the need to use the toilet more often than normal during the day or noticing that you need to urinate several times throughout the night suggests that you might be suffering from an overactive bladder.

So how does a person end up with an overactive bladder? There are some neurological conditions that affect the transmitted signals between the bladder muscle and the nerves such as Parkinson’s disease, a stroke, or Multiple Sclerosis. However, suffering from diabetes, a spinal cord injury, or a birth defect can also be conditions that can lead to an overactive bladder because of nerve damage.

How Diet Affects an Overactive Bladder

The first behavioral change a person can make to improve their overactive bladder is to make some minor dietary changes. Many people who suffer from an overactive bladder don’t realize that they are doing more harm than good by drinking their morning cup of coffee or enjoying a sugary treat for dessert. Different people have different bladder triggers, so it’s important for each person to listen to their body and discuss their symptoms with their doctor. A great habit to start is keeping a bladder diary. Track food and drink intake and notate how your body reacts to different foods.

The most common trigger foods and drinks include:

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Sodas
  • Citrus Juices
  • Spicy and Acidic Foods
  • Tomatoes

Pelvic Floor Exercise May Prevent Leaks

After diet, it’s important that a person with an overactive bladder regularly exercises. Exercise not only helps tone muscles and manage weight; it also improves bladder health. The more overweight a person is, the more likely they are to be impacted by leaks. While all exercise is helpful, the most important exercises for those who suffer with incontinence are those that strengthen the pelvic floor. Talking with a physical therapist can show a person what it takes to strengthen their pelvic floor so that they can retain urine in their bladder for longer periods of time.

Coughing, sneezing, and laughing can all cause leakage. Coughing fits caused by smoking are common, so while it’s important to quit smoking for a number of reasons, it’s certainly important to stop smoking for anyone who battles urinary incontinence.

Keeping a Bladder Journal Can Help

In reference to the bladder diary mentioned earlier, it can be used to help a person that is attempting to retrain their bladder. The first step of retraining the bladder is creating benchmarks.  If you urinate every hour, you have your benchmark. The first goal can be every hour and 10 minutes and it can continue to progress in increments. When the urge to go hits, a person can try different breathing techniques to relax until the urge passes and they can reach a restroom.  When a goal is achieved for more than one week, the timing goal can be extended. The more a person practices, the better their overactive bladder systems will be.

We’ve provided a sample Bladder Diary that you can download and save or print for your convenience.

Making a few changes and talking to your doctor can really help if you suffer from an overactive bladder.  If you have any questions about the incontinence supplies we offer, please give us a call and one of our Product Experts would be happy to guide you through our selections. We carry everything from liners and pads to briefs and underpads that range from light to heavy leakage protection. Whatever your needs are to manage your overactive bladder, we are sure to have the incontinence supplies you need!

Diet Tips After Ostomy Surgery

Are you nervous about what you can eat after having ostomy surgery? Are you wondering if there are certain foods you should avoid? Are there any dietary restrictions that you should follow? We have a few diet tips and suggestions for you here to help clear up any worries.

Diet Tips for the 3 Types of Stomas

A stoma is an opening on the abdomen that is attached to your urinary or digestive tract to allow waste to be redirected out of the body. There are 3 main types of stomas: colostomy, ileostomy, and urostomy. Here are a few suggestions about your diet after each type of ostomy surgery.

Colostomy Diet Tips

When part of the colon is affected by a disease or if it is not working properly, a colostomy may be performed. The large intestine is disconnected from the rectum and rerouted to the abdominal wall as a new opening, called a stoma. A colostomy pouch is then attached to the stoma and is used to collect output which is then disposed of. A colostomy can be temporary to give the colon rest after surgery or it can be permanent if the person suffers from a disease such as cancer.

After a colostomy, a person may be more likely to become constipated. It is important to drink plenty of fluids such as water throughout the day to avoid constipation. Eating slowly and thoroughly chewing food will help with digestion and exercising regularly may keep you on a regular schedule. With a colostomy, there aren’t any dietary restrictions, but you may be more sensitive to foods right after surgery. It is recommended to try new foods in small portions to see if they affect you. Keeping a food journal will help you find if anythng doesn’t agree with you. Maintaining a healthy diet is always a good habit.

Ileostomy Diet Tips

When an ileostomy is performed, the lowest part of the small intestine is disconnected from the large intestine and rerouted to the abdominal wall to form a stoma. This procedure can also be temporary when surgery was performed on part of the large intestine and this allows it to rest for a bit. An ileostomy may be permanent if the large intestine and rectum have been removed due to disease.

With an ileostomy, intake of more fluids that normal is very important. Normally, the stool thickens as it passes through the large intestine since this is where fiber is digested. In this case, the small intestine is doing all the work, so output will be less solid. It is also important to limit foods high in fiber to avoid blockage since the large intestine is missing from the digestive process. Chewing your food well and sticking to small frequent meals throughout the day can also help to regulate the function of your stoma and result in less frequent changes of your ileostomy pouch.

Urostomy Diet Tips

When a person has bladder cancer, a birth defect, or a serious spinal cord injury, a urostomy may be necessary due to the bladder either not functioning normally or having to be removed. The ureters are detached from the bladder and then reattached to a small piece of the bowel that has been removed. That piece of the bowel is then attached to the abdominal wall that redirects urine from the kidneys and into a bag.

As with the other 2 types of ostomy surgeries, it is important to get the necessary fluids to avoid the risk of a urinary tract or kidney infection. Continuously flushing the urinary system by taking in enough water, eating foods high in Vitamin-C, and drinking cranberry juice can help. Studies have shown that cranberry juice works to fight against bacterial growth and has been effective for preventing urinary tract infections.

As you can see, after ostomy surgery there really aren’t that many specific changes you’ll need to make. To sum it up, the main suggestions that are common for all types of stoma surgeries are:

  1. Intake plenty of fluids.
  2. Chew your food well.
  3. Eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day.

Keep an eye on certain foods and beverages that may produce changes to the output or health of your stoma and always consult your doctor about any concerns.

For any questions about the ostomy products we carry for these types of ostomy surgeries, please give us a call and one of our Product Experts will be happy to discuss the options we offer.

Top 5 Reasons to Shop With Personally Delivered

We take pride in the exceptional service we provide at Personally Delivered and strive to stand out from the rest. Of course, we know there are more than 5 reasons we would like you to order your home delivery medical supplies from us, but we will highlight what we feel are some of our most valuable ones.

1. Save on Your First Order

Saving a little bit of money on your first order is important when you are purchasing from a company you have not done business with in the past. We offer first time customers $5.00 off on your first purchase of $30 or more. All you need to do is enter Code: WELCOME05 at checkout and $5.00 will be taken off your total. It is as easy as that!

2. Free Shipping

Not only will you save $5.00 on your first order, if your total purchase price is $40 or more, you will also receive Free Shipping. Orders that fall below the $40 threshold are subject to a $10 shipping fee. So, you could potentially save $15 on your order!

3. Discreet Delivery

When you order your home delivery medical supplies, receiving your packages quickly and discreetly is important. When we ship your items, they will arrive in a plain brown box that does not disclose the contents inside. You can rest assure that your supplies will be securely packaged and delivered directly to your door on time.

4. Personal Consultations

Not all medical conditions are one-size-fits-all. Your needs are unique and our Product Experts understand. When you call our office, you will speak to a team member that listens to your every concern. They will help you narrow down all of the products we offer to customize and tailor your order especially for you.

5. Automatic Delivery Options

It can be difficult to remember when you need to reorder your home delivery medical supplies. We can take the hassle out of this and make your life easier with our Automatic Delivery Program. You choose the frequency you would like your supplies to arrive and we take care of the rest. With this program you will also save 5% on your home delivery medical supplies on every future shipment. You will never have to worry about running out of your supplies again!

As you can see, there are several reasons we would like for you to shop with us. We are a Satisfaction Guaranteed company and are sure that you will be happy with the services we provide. Taking the time to listen, helping you choose the right products, saving you time and money, and discreetly delivering right to your door, we are sure that you will be happy choosing Personally Delivered as your one-stop-shop for all of your home delivery medical supplies! Our Product Experts are just a phone call away.

Turmeric for Inflammation and Other Health Benefits

Have you been hearing a lot about turmeric these days and wondering what all the hype is about?  Have you wondered if turmeric really reduces inflammation? Is turmeric good for your overall health? We’ve done a bit of research for you and are sharing some useful information about this “magic” spice and how it may be beneficial for several different health conditions.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant’s roots and is the main spice in curry. For thousands of years, turmeric has been used in India as a spice as well as a medicinal herb. The main active ingredient in turmeric is a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin, which is a strong antioxidant and has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. It is believed that turmeric can reduce inflammation, swelling, and relieve pain when ingested. The use of turmeric for inflammation is a topic that is continuously being studied.

Using Turmeric for Inflammation

When a wound turns red and swells up, radiation causes an adverse reaction in the body, or if you suffer from Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease, your immune system’s responds with inflammation. It has been studied for many years that taking turmeric consistently for extended periods of time has some effect on immune system responses. The curcumin in turmeric works to suppress molecules that play a part in inflammation and stimulate your body’s own antioxidant defenses.

There are so many various ways to use turmeric for inflammation. You can add it to meals you are preparing, apply it directly to your skin for pain relief, take it as a supplement, and even used as an enema for those suffering from inflammatory bowel disease.

Other Health Benefits of Turmeric

The benefits that you may see as a result of incorporating turmeric into your lifestyle can be noticeable. Because the main compound in turmeric is curcumin, there is scientific evidence that it may support your overall health in many different ways.

Type 2 Diabetes

The curcumin in turmeric can help keep blood sugar levels steady, which could be helpful in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. A study showed those with prediabetes were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes when they took curcumin for 9 months straight. The curcumin helped to improve the cells that make insulin in the pancreas and could possibly slow down the development of this health condition.

Arthritis

Arthritis is another common condition known to cause inflammation of the joints. Turmeric’s properties may be even more effective to treat the symptoms than other anti-inflammatory drugs that often have side effects. Applying turmeric for inflammation directly to the skin can help ease the pain associated with stiffness in joints.

High Cholesterol

Exercising and eating healthy foods can help keep your cholesterol levels where they need to be, but taking a supplement such as turmeric with curcumin might help to reduce your numbers. One study found that it can lower LDL cholesterol and possibly have heart-protective qualities.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Currently, turmeric is being studied as a possible treatment for those with medical conditions such as Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. In previous research, it was found that turmeric helped to improve abdominal pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome as well as diarrhea. A turmeric enema has also been shown to be effective for some. However, as with any study, more research is needed.

Skin Care

Turmeric is widely used in India as an ingredient in skin care lotions and masks. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, some report that applying this formula to the skin can help fight acne and other skin conditions such as dryness and age spots.

Bladder Inflammation

When bacteria enters the bladder, it becomes irritated and inflamed, sometimes causing urge incontience. When a person experiences a urinary tract infection, it can cause pain and discomfort. Since Turmeric is an antioxident and anti-inflammatory agent, it can be used to help prevent bladder infections from happening in the first place.

How Much Turmeric Should You Take?

As with any supplement, including turmeric with curcumin, always consult your doctor about how you should be incorporating it into your diet and lifestyle. If you are taking certain medications, you will always want to be aware of the potential side effects that turmeric might have. Be cautious with combining turmeric with any medication and speak to your health care provider first.

Turmeric for Inflammation Recipes

We’ve put together some healthy recipes that use turmeric and may help fight inflammation. Turmeric is fat-soluble, so eating it with high-quality fat may help with its absorption in the body. Enjoy!

Turmeric Latte

Pineapple Bloat-Buster Smoothie

No-Bake Energy Bites w/ Turmeric

At Personally Delivered, we offer many products that can be used in conjunction with adding turmeric for inflammation to your lifestyle. Urinary incontinence due to the aforementioned bladder inflammation condition can cause the need to use pads, liners, or protective underwear. Give us a call and one of our Product Experts can speak to you about your symptoms and help you find the products you may need.

The Esteem+ Soft Convex by ConvaTec

Are you looking for an ostomy pouch that is less visible under your clothing? Do you have skin folds and creases that make your pouch difficult to place? Are you worried about leaking and odors with your ostomy pouching system? With ConvaTec’s newest addition to its line of one-piece convex ostomy pouching system line, the Esteem+ Soft Convex can make these concerns of the past.

The Esteem+ Soft Convex

The latest addition to ConvaTec’s range of one-piece ostomy solutions is the Esteem+ Soft Convex system. ConvaTec listened to the concerns of many ostomy pouching system users and addressed all of them with their newest design in the ConvaTec ostomy supply lineup. The one-piece system is often a preference because of its discreet lower profile under clothing. The pouch and wafer/flange are also unable to be separated, so the one-piece option provides a greater sense of security. Let’s discuss how the Esteem+ Soft Convex has become the ostomy pouching system of choice for many across the nation.

What Makes The Esteem+ Soft Convex so Different?

A More Manageable System

As we mentioned, the one-piece ostomy systems are a preferred choice because of their low-profile and added security features. Some other features that make the Esteem+ Soft Convex a preferred choice are:

  • A split-fabric, easy-view window for accurate placement and viewing of the stoma and output.
  • An integrated filter gives the user reassurance that there will not be any ballooning as it also helps to minimize odors.
  • The Safe Seal Clipless closure makes this pouching system easy to empty and clean.
  • Belt tabs are included for attaching an ostomy belt, if preferred, for added security.

A More Diverse System

The Esteem+ Soft Convex was made for those with many different ostomy and stoma types. No matter which of the following you have, this pouching system can be the solution:

  • Ileostomy – small intestine connected to the abdominal wall
  • Colostomy – colon connected to the abdominal wall
  • Flush Stoma – stoma is level with the skin
  • Retracted Stoma – stoma is sunken or dips below the skin level

A More Compatible System

If you have skin folds or creases, it can be difficult to precisely place a standard flat ostomy skin barrier and feel confident that there will not be any leakage of fluids or odors. With the Esteem+ Soft Convex pouching system, the convex skin barrier curves toward the skin to help improve the projection of the stoma for optimal drainage. Previous barriers and baseplates did not offer a cut-to-fit design that are both flexible and have shallow convexity. With three distinct plateau sizes below, this one-piece drainable ostomy pouch can fit with almost any body type for a more comfortable wear.

  1. V1 – 3/4 – 1-7/8″W (20-47mm) – Item# 422363
  2. V2 – 3/5 – 1-3/5″W (15-40mm) – Item# 422364
  3. V3 – (3/8 – 1-1/8″W (10-28mm) – Item# 422365

A More Protective System

Peristomal skin can become very irritated when an ostomy pouching system does not fit securely and conform to various body and stoma types. The flexibility and softness of the Esteem+ Soft Convex system makes it a more comfortable and secure choice, eliminating the costs associated with the use of stoma skin treatment and protective products. Because this pouching system is body-conforming, leaking is less likely, which reduces skin breakdown and makes it a more skin-friendly option.

At Personally Delivered, we proudly carry the Esteem+ Soft Convex as well as an extensive line of other ConvaTec ostomy supplies. If you have any questions about any of the ostomy products we carry, give us a call and one of our Product Experts would be happy to help.

Urinary Incontinence: Understanding Options That Don’t Require Surgery

Urinary Incontinence may be something that you don’t want to talk about with your friends and family, but it is a concern that should be brought up to your doctor. Being unable to hold urine can drastically affect your life, including your mental state, career, and social life. Some women experience Urinary Incontinence while pregnant or following delivery, and other men and women have trouble holding urine when laughing, sneezing or doing other daily activities. You may not want to exercise as much, or you try to hold all of your coughs in. Urinary Incontinence affects millions of people, and there are various treatment options available without resorting to surgery.

One treatment for Urinary Incontinence is doing strengthening Kegel exercises. The best part of Kegel exercises is that they can be performed from anywhere and are discrete, so it may be easier to add them to your routine. Kegels “involve squeezing and releasing the muscles that you use to stop urinating.” A professional that specializes in pelvic floor strengthening can work closely with you to strengthen areas that contribute to Urinary Incontinence. Besides Kegel exercises, you may also want to try teaching your bladder to gradually hold urine for longer amounts of time by sticking to a schedule.

Certain medical devices may also help with Urinary Incontinence. Electrical stimulation could strengthen associated body parts, as well as magnetic stimulation. Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) involves a small needle sending electrical waves to the tibial nerve, which is involved with the ability of the bladder to hold urine. While electrical stimulation can be done at home with a device, magnetic stimulation and PTNS must be performed at a doctor’s office.

Medications can also help reduce Urinary Incontinence. For women, adding estrogen to the body may reduce leakage.  Based on scientific evidence, Pelvic Floor Muscle Training was the most successful option for treating Urinary Incontinence. It is very important to maintain the recommended amount of Kegel exercises each day and to keep up with it. This may be the most appealing option, too, because they can be done at any time, have no known side effects, and the exercises themselves do not affect the wallet. Being committed to alternative options for treating Urinary Incontinence may help to avoid surgical procedures.

If you have any questions about any of the incontinence products we carry that can also be beneficial, please contact us or give us a call today and one of our Product Experts can help you narrow down what your specific needs require.

Autism, Incontinence, & Traveling

Caring for a child with autism comes with its own set of challenges and those can vary greatly due to the severity of their condition. Many children with autism have no problems with incontinence, while others may experience involuntary control of bowel movements and urination. This may happen because an autistic child is unable to communicate effectively or they are distracted by other stimulating activities. When you introduce the concept of traveling with an autistic child that suffers from incontinence, it may sound overwhelming, however there are effective ways to manage.

Characteristics of Autism

First, let’s explain autism in its most basic form.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) usually appears when a child is very young, typically between the ages of 2 and 3. They begin to show signs of repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication are delayed, and they lack in the development of social skills.

Some of the characteristics of autism, but are not limited to are:

  • Repetitive behaviors such as body movements or actions
  • Difficulty playing with other children or holding a normal conversation
  • Taking an unusual interest in certain objects
  • Overreacting to one or more of the 5 senses (touch, sight, smell, taste, or hearing)
  • Underreacting to one or more of the 5 senses

Incontinence in Children with Autism

Since children with a disability such as autism may be distracted easily and for longer periods of time, they may “forget” to use the bathroom. Because of their delayed speech and language development, they often are unable to effectively communicate their need to voluntarily void. With the many challenges that children face with autism, it is easy to understand that incontinence can be one of them.

You may already be exhausted from making sure there aren’t any sensory triggers present for your child, accident preparation, and being as patient and supportive as possible. If you have travel coming up, you might be starting to feel the stress of it all and wonder if it is even possible.

Traveling with Incontinence and Autism

Traveling can be manageable when you have a child with ASD and incontinence. It might seem overwhelming at first, but there are several things that you can do to prepare and make everyone’s experience more enjoyable.

Start Planning Early

A child with autism may be able to sense the stress in others and this may set off their emotions. The earlier you start planning the trip, the less stress you’ll exude as you are walking out the door. Getting your child involved with the planning and packing could aid in them not feeling that something is happening that is far out of their routine when you are ready to leave. It would be wise to prepare to expect the unexpected and this may help avoid anxiety or a sudden outburst.

If you are traveling in a vehicle, make sure you are aware of acceptable restrooms along the way to your destination. Download an app on your phone such as Sit or Squat or Flush to make the process less cumbersome.

Try Role Playing

You might even try to role play some of the experience with your child before traveling. If you are flying, setup a mock security checkpoint for them to walk through. You might take a longer ride in the car while staying in your local area for them to get used to being in the care for a length of time with their seatbelt secured. Take them to the store with you frequently to get them used to standing and waiting in lines.

Pack the Essentials

Incontinence doesn’t have to be difficult to manage while traveling if you pack the right supplies. If you are keeping your child with autism distracted in the car, they may not realize they have to use the bathroom until it’s too late. There are many incontinence products that are effective for all levels from leaking to full voids.

Boy’s and girl’s potty training pull-ups are a great option for leaks and heavy absorbency diapers work well for locking away liquids and provide maximum protection. It’s also a good idea to line the car seat or seat material with an underpad for added protection. This will help to prevent anything from getting soiled or wet. There are a variety of other products to choose from that might help in times of need.

A few other items to pack are disposable bags, hand sanitizer, wipes, and a change of clothing that is separate from your already packed luggage. For a quick list that might be helpful, we’ve put one together for your convenience.

Schedule Frequent Breaks

A child with autism and incontinence can often get emotional and agitated when they are tired and/or bored. Scheduling plenty of stops along the way to use the restroom and take a break might help with your child’s mood and can also be a short pause for fun. Make sure to follow the verbal and non-verbal cues from your child and try to be as flexible as possible with your travels to accommodate their need to take more rest stops than you might have originally planned.

Traveling with an autistic child that has incontinence doesn’t have to be a difficult process if you plan well in advance for the unexpected. Make sure you take plenty of pictures to capture the entire experience so your child can reflect back and observe how well they managed on your travels together. Remember to be flexible and stay positive so everyone can have a great trip.

For any questions on the incontinence products we offer, our Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to help.

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Prostate Surgery and its Effect on Incontinence

When a man requires partial or complete removal of his prostate gland due to cancer or other medical conditions, it can be a very technical and precise procedure. The prostate is located in an area of the body that is surrounded by a bundle of nerves and can be tricky to remove without avoiding injury to the bladder or rectum. During surgery, the urethra is cut to separate it from the prostate. Making the incision too close can damage the urethral sphincter and surrounding nerves, potentially causing prostate surgery incontinence. Nerve-sparing robotic surgery is a safe and minimally invasive technique for removal of the prostate gland.

What is Nerve-Sparing Prostate Surgery

Nerve-sparing surgery is the process of a precise and careful attempt to spare any damage to the nerves that are extremely close to the tissues that are going to be removed. When the surrounding nerves are not preserved, a man may suffer from prostate surgery incontinence, erectile dysfunction, or other complications.

Using the nerve-sparing robotic technique, surgeons can improve the outcomes and minimize trauma to the neurovascular bundle around the prostate gland. The urinary system consists of so many nerves and they all work in conjunction to make sure the urinary tracts and bladder properly function. When the nerves are damaged, communication to the brain is interrupted and a person then suffers from prostate surgery incontinence. Temporary or permanent erectile dysfunction may also be another result of prostate surgery. As you can see, using the robotic technique can significantly reduce harm to this sensitive area of the male anatomy.

Prostate Surgery Incontinence and Erectile Dysfunction

Once the surgery is complete, the surgeon reconnects the bladder to the urethra. A Foley catheter remains in place for approximately a week and once that is removed, many times men will experience prostate surgery incontinence. This can be one of the most bothersome issues and can be temporary or sometimes permanent. When the nerve-sparing robotic technique is used, permanent prostate surgery incontinence is rare.

Another potential complication of prostate surgery is erectile dysfunction. Nerves, muscles, and blood vessels are all involved when a man gets an erection. Any damage to these can cause him to have erectile dysfunction following this surgery. In some cases this may be temporary, however it can also be permanent and achieving an erection will only be possible with the assistance of medical devices like the Encore Medical Revive Custom Manual Vacuum Therapy System or the Timm Medical Technologies Osbon OTC ErecAid Vacuum Therapy System. You can view more of these devices here.

Prostate Cancer Results

When a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, he has a big decision to make on the type of treatment that is best for his needs. Nerve-sparing robotic prostate surgery is often the preferred choice by surgeons to avoid long-term prostate surgery incontinence and the potential for impotence. During robotic surgery, the incisions are extremely precise and the margin of error in harming the nerves, muscles, and valves is greatly reduced. This process is also minimally invasive which helps to lessen any post-operative pain and also shorten recovery time.

Because the prostate lies between the bladder and the rectum, and wrapped around the urethra, many vulnerable nerves are at risk. The standard operation is a delicate task and can leave room for disrupting the bundle of important nerves used to control the bladder and penis.

Opting for the nerve-sparing operation can help an experienced surgeon spare some or all of the nerves that run along the sides of the prostate gland. This provides a greater chance that the patient preserves his potency and will not need the assistance of any medical devices or incontinence products. Nerve-sparing surgeries can reduce the risk of prostate surgery incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and possible other complications. The robotic assisted surgery uses precision that might not be able to be achieved by the surgeon alone.

Managing Prostate Surgery Incontinence and Erectile Dysfunction

Should any of the nerves, muscles, or valves of the urethral system be damaged, the use of certain incontinence products and/or other devices may be required. Once the prostate gland is removed, it is extremely important that the bladder is well constructed to prevent urine leakage. Typically, the leakage that happens after the procedure is light to moderate and a male guard or an incontinence pad for men can be worn. These products are specifically designed with the male anatomy in mind to be discreet, provide maximum comfort, and deliver the protection needed.

Should erectile dysfunction follow after prostate surgery, a man may need to use a medical device to achieve and maintain an erection due to the disruption of the blood and nerve supply. There are many devices available that can help such as Vacuum Therapy Systems and clamps.

Learning that you or a loved one may have been diagnosed with prostate cancer or another condition that has affected the gland may be very difficult, know that there are treatment options available to you know matter the age. Always consult with your medical practitioner for expert advice and options available to you. Should you have any questions about the products that we offer, our Product Experts are just a phone call away!

Staying Active Over the Holidays

The holidays are about celebrating with our families and that usually involves a lot of food, sugary beverages, desserts, and often sitting around inside our homes. The weather is colder and the thought of outdoor activities might not be the first thing on our minds. For some, that may be difficult due to age or the need to use an assistive device such as a wheelchair or cane.

A lot of us give up our regular routines around the holidays and end up feeling guilty about not maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. We may tell ourselves that we are allowed this cheat time and will get back to that schedule once the celebrations are over. Sometimes this leads to untimately not picking that routine back up and ending up in an inactive and unhealthy lifestyle.

Holiday Excercise Tips

Plan Short Workouts

Roasting a turkey? Baking a pie? Use this time to create a quick workout that you could do right in your home. If you have stairs you could take a few trips up and down to get your heart rate up. Those that have a home gym or treadmill might incorporate a simple workout when you have an opportune time while food prepping. There are also short fitness videos or apps on your phone that you might try while you wait for company to arrive.

BONUS: Think outside the box. If you have canned goods and water bottles, do a few reps lifting those overhead or doing some lateral raises.

Get the Family Engaged

After everyone has eaten and their stomachs are full, instead of heading to the couch to either pass out or watch football, round everyone up and head outside. Everyone could go to the backyard, a park, or even sledding if weather permits. There are plenty of outdoor games such as cornhole, badminton, tag, or even hide and seek. If there is a basketball court nearby, that is another option. When everyone is involved, it can be an afternoon of family bonding while burning some of those calories from the feast!

Take a Walk

Put on some comfortable shoes and go for a walk. Walking is a low-impact exercise that has many benefits. Not only does it get the heart pumping, but is a less strainful physical activity. Go for a stroll around the neighborhood and take in the fresh air. Walking can also be one of those short workouts while you wait for a casserole to bake.

BONUS: If you have a family dog, this would be a great time to have them accompany you.

Park the Car Further Out

When you are out shopping for food or gifts this time of year, consider parking in a spot that is farther away from the store entrance. This will ensure that you will have a decent distance to walk and you can rack up those steps on your fitness tracker.

Don't Let Incontinence Stop You

If you suffer from incontinence, you may be worried about being active and are also concerned about involuntary episodes while you’re around family and friends this time of year. There are plenty of things that you can do during the holidays to allow you to stay involved and enjoy every moment.

Watch Your Fluids

Although drinking water before a meal may help you to avoid overeating during the season, if you have urinary incontinence, you might want to slightly hold back from consuming too much and too often. Try to stay properly hydrated, but limit the amount of alcohol and caffeine you’re consuming, especially when you are going to workout. You are more likely to have an accident if your bladder is irritated from the caffeine.

Empty Your Bladder Often

Prior to heading out for a walk, beginning an activity with family, or doing a short exercise while your turkey is in the oven, be mindful of emptying your bladder instead of trying to hold it. This will help to avoid any strain on the bladder and may help to lessen any leakage while trying to enjoy your day.

Use Protective Products

As with any type of incontinence, using the right protective hygiene products is key. For light to moderate urine loss, pantie liners, pads, and male guards should be used. Moderate to heavy urine loss calls for either a belted undergarment, pull-on, or tab brief. You’ll feel more confident and secure when you are being active if you are properly protected.

BONUS: Wear loose-fitting black pants! In the event that you have a leak, black can help hide the evidence and the loose-fit of the clothing can also help hide the extra protection you are wearing.

The most important thing that you can do around the holidays is focus on enjoying all the moments with the ones you love. Take it easy on yourself and know that you are not able to control everything that happens. With a few of these tips, we hope that you can try not to veer too far away from your normal routine and remain active all through the holidays.

For more information on any of the products we offer if you suffer from incontinence, please give us a call or contact us now and one of our Product Experts would be happy to help.

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Bedwetting and Nocturia as an Adult

As an adult, it may be embarrassing as well as confusing when you either wet the bed (nocturnal enuresis) or have the need to get up throughout the night to frequently void (nocturia). We often think that once we are out of our adolescent years, these types of incidents no longer happen. Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies change.

There are several reasons that an adult may suffer from bedwetting and/or nocturia. Hormonal changes, illness, kidney problems, an enlarged prostate, even medication can cause a person to produce more urine than normal. Regardless of age and gender, bedwetting and nocturia can happen to anyone at any stage in life. So what causes a person to wet the bed and/or have the need to get up to use the restroom several times a night?

So What Causes Adult Bedwetting?

Nocturnal enuresis and nocturia may stem from an underlying health condition and should be taken seriously. The following are some of the causes that can bring on these conditions.

Hormonal Changes

Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH) is a hormone that we make less of when we are sleeping. This hormone is produced in the hypothalamus part of the brain and then released from the pituitary gland, which is at the base of the brain. ADH communicates with our kidneys and tells them to produce less urine. If a person does not make sufficient ADH, they are likely to have a bedwetting incident.

The Size of  Your Bladder

A small bladder can affect how much urine a person can hold, therefore leading to leaking on the bedsheets. The bladder itself is not actually small, it is the fact that the bladder muscles become overactive, causing a continuous need to void.

Having an Overactive Bladder

When a person has an overactive bladder, the urinary muscles spasm and cause a sudden urge to frequently use the restroom. This may happen when a person has a urinary tract infection, bladder stones, or an enlarged prostate. Other risk factors that might increase the chance of an overactive bladder are pregnancy, age, gender, weight, and having diabetes.

Suffering from Diabetes

If a person has diabetes, they do not process sugar (glucose) properly which leads to their bladder’s filling up quickly with large amounts of urine. The nerves may be affected that control bladder function and the increase in urine production can lead to nocturnal enuresis or nocturia.

Men That Have an Enlarged Prostate

In men, the prostate may become enlarged. Urine passes directly through the center of this gland as it travels from the bladder. With an enlarged prostate, urine may not flow normally as it is pressing on the urethral passage. This can cause the need to urinate more frequently, especially at night.

What You Might do to Prevent Adult Bedwetting

Since our bladder changes as we age, we sometimes are not prepared for some of the incidents that may happen when we are adults. Rather than accepting bedwetting and nocturnal enuresis as a fact of life, we should deal with it as a real issue that needs to be properly addressed. There are some things that you might be able to do to lessen or even halt the problem altogether.

Take Inventory of the Medicines You’re Taking

Sometimes, certain prescription medications may have side effects. Wetting the bed and an increase in bathroom visits may be two of them. It may help to take the medication at an alternate time of day, but always consult with your doctor before making this decision on your own.

Observe Your Fluid Intake

A high intake of caffeine and alcohol can also raise the chances of suffering from nocturnal enuresis. Limiting the amount of these types of beverages you consume may help reduce the possibility of nocturia or nocturnal enuresis.

Could Constipation be the Issue?

When a person is constipated, their stool puts pressure on the bladder, which is directly in front of the rectum. This pressure makes it difficult to hold urine and can lead to bedwetting or making frequent bathroom runs throughout the night. It might be wise to monitor how frequently you are having regular bowel movements to avoid unnecessary suffering.

Empty Your Bladder Before Going to Bed

Emptying your bladder before you go to bed may have a great impact on avoiding incidents throughout the night. It is worth a try, however, if you are in need of further protection, there are incontinence products that you can use.

Consider Wearing or Adding Protection

Our Personally Delivered exclusive brand of Overnight Protective Underwear uses the most advanced technology to provide maximum absorbency and leakage protection that will keep you more dry, comfortable, and protected all night long.

Depending on the severity of the bedwetting, there are a variety of incontinence products available for moderate to heavy bladder leakage. We carry everything from adjustable briefs, bladder pads, pantie liners, extra-large bed pads, and more for both men and women in a wide range of sizes.

It may be helpful to keep a bladder journal for a few days to track how often you are urinating or leaking and when this is happening. You can share this with your health care provider so they can better understand what you are experiencing.

We have provided a Bladder Journal for your convenience that you can download and print to record your daily activity related to this condition here: Bladder Journal

Bladder Journal

As with any health concern, you should always speak to your doctor. There may be something you can do or small changes you can make that you aren’t aware of to fully stop this issue. If you have any questions about the products we offer that may help you with your condition, we are just a phone call away and our Product Experts are ready to assist you.

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