Six Things To Try Before You Visit Your Doctor For Incontinence

6 Things To Try Before You Visit Your Doctor For Incontinence

6 Things To Try Before You Visit Your Doctor For Incontinence

Whether you’ve just started experiencing bladder leaks, or have been dealing with them for a while, knowing how to manage incontinence can be difficult.  And even if you’ve scheduled an appointment to see your doctor, there are things you can do before speaking with him or her to start treating the problem.

This week we’re focusing on management techniques that don’t require a visit to your doctor. NAFC has a great guide on the website that will walk you through the steps of management and things to try to control bladder leaks. Check out all the steps below:

Step 1: Finding products to help you stay clean and dry

Step 2: Assess Your Condition

Step 3: Measure Your Pelvic Floor Strength

Step 4: Pelvic Floor Exercises

Step 5: Develop A Voiding Strategy

Step 6: Get Professional Help

It is possible that by performing the steps above, you may be able to reduce or even eliminate your symptoms on your own. At the very least, it will give you some good information to share with your doctor and your initial efforts will help them to get you on a course to a successful treatment plan.

Stay with us this week as we provide more tips on how to manage bladder leaks! 

Access the full guide above here, or download our printed brochure with the above tips from our Resource Center!

It's Never Too Late To Take Charge Of Your Health

it's never too late to take charge of your health and incontinence

We’re wrapping up Women’s Health Month this week and we wanted to leave you with just one thought. If you take away anything from this past month, it should be this: 

No matter what your age, it’s never too late to seek help for incontinence.

Whether you are a new Mom in your 20’s or 30’s, or have just finished menopause, there are treatments available that can help you. Talk to your doctor and formulate a plan of action. Don’t be embarrassed – you certainly are not the first woman to discuss bladder or bowel health conditions with your doctor and you won’t be the last. They’re there to help you. And if, for some reason, they do brush you off, or attribute your bladder leakage to aging, then we have news for you: it’s time to get a new doctor. Because living with bladder leakage is really no way to live, no matter what age you happen to be. And if you've looked around this site at all, you know that there are many ways to treat leaks.

Take charge of your health and learn how to live a life without leaks!

Need some inspiration from others like you? Head on over to our message boards. You’ll find a supportive and open community to share tips, struggles and personal stories.

Video Roundup – Four Inspiring Stories Of People Who Have Overcome Neurogenic Bladders

4 Inspiring Stories of People Who Have Overcome Neurogenic Bladder

Becoming paralyzed or learning that you have MS or another neurological condition is anyone’s worst nightmare. The everyday freedoms that most of us take for granted suddenly become the main focus of life and things that were easy before become monumentally more difficult. We’ve rounded up stories from 4 inspiring people who have overcome tremendous obstacles and are determined to live life on their own terms. Watch their amazing stories in the links below.

Botox Injections For Neurogenic Bladder

Watch this self-taped video from Paralyzed Living about how he uses Botox injections to treat his neurogenic bladder.

Daniela’s Story

Watch Daniela’s inspiring story of how a freak accident left her a quadriplegic, unable to use her legs, and limited use of her arms and hands. Daniela struggled with bladder management, and finally took matters into her own hands by conducting extensive research into her options and finding a solution that has helped her regain her independence.

Audrey’s story

Audrey became paralyzed after an accident and suffered from bowel issues, but found the freedom to do what she wants from using Peristeen, a product for bowel management.

Amy’s Story

MS can wreak havoc on your bladder, resulting in urgent and frequent trips to the restroom, and in some cases, leakage. Watch this story from Amy, on how she used Botox to help her regain control.

Amy’s Video Diary – Before:  

Amy’s Video Diary – After:

Do you have your own story you’d like to share? Contact us!

3 FREE Workout Apps To Help Get You Back On Track

3 Free Workout Apps

Getting into a workout habit can be difficult.  These apps make it easier. For the person who is short on time, looking for a way to count calorie-intake, or in need of some new moves, read below. This post is for you.

3 Free Workout Apps To Get You Back On Track

Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout

Don’t think you have time for a workout? The Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Workout app gives you a great workout in just – you guessed it – 7 minutes. You’ll be able to choose your skill level, create custom workouts, and log your workouts so that you can see your progress over time. As a bonus, the app allows you to workout to your own music. No more excuses.

MyFitnessPal

This app allows you to track calorie intake by recording what and how much you eat. MyFitnessPal boasts a database of over 5,000,000 foods (and nutrition info) that can be entered and you can even scan barcodes to learn the nutritional value for a specific food. The app also allows you to track activity, with estimated caloric burn, so that you can track your overall daily intake and shed those pesky pounds.

Nike+ Training Club

One of our favorites. Like the Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Workout App, this one allows you to choose your level. Workouts range from 15-45 minutes and provide great video and audio examples of each move, making it easy to know how to do them (especially if you are new to many of these.)  The app allows you to track your workouts and other activity you do outside of the app (yoga, basketball, etc.). Plus, the more you use it, the more personalized your workout recommendations become. 

Put Yourself First

Put Yourself First

Women…the ultimate caregivers.  We take care of our spouse, our kids, our parents, our pets and all the nuances that come with keeping a house, a job, a family…a life.  We are superheroes!  In fact, we are so good at taking care of everyone and everything, we often tend to forget about one of the most important things we should be taking care of - ourselves.

And this is such a shame, really.  Because all the people and things that need us…they need us to be the best versions of ourselves.  That means getting good sleep, exercising, eating well, getting regular check ups, and maintaining a healthy weight. And those other nagging things we deal with all the time that get pushed to the backburner because we ‘don’t have time’, ‘it’s not that bad’, or ‘it’s just a part of getting older’ (ahem…incontinence)? Those deserve attention too. Because life is just too short to just live with them.  And most of the time, they are things that can be treated.

So women, please – think about yourselves this month and think about ways you can put yourself first.  Go for that walk, take a little extra time to make a deliciously healthy dinner, call your doctor for a check up.  Do something for yourself and you will see that the joy and health it brings you will spill over into all the other wonderful things you care about too.

Want to do something extra nice for yourself?  Take the NAFC 8-Week Challenge!

NAFC Do's and Don'ts For Incontinence Sufferers

NAFC Do's and Don'ts For Incontinence Sufferers

The holidays are here, and if you suffer from incontinence (or care for someone who does), you know that these can be trying times.  We’ve outlined tips in the past on how to deal with the holidays (here and here ), so this year we’re going to do something a little different.  As we come off of our BE STRONG campaign from November, we want to keep the momentum going and encourage you to live your best life, no matter what time of year it is.  So read below for some extra tips and inspiration this season, and for the year to come.

NAFC’s Do’s and Don’ts

1.     Don’t be uninformed, BE SMART!

Having incontinence is NOT a normal part of aging, as it turns out.  Think you’ve tried everything?  You probably haven’t.  There are literally hundreds of treatment options available.  Educate yourself on the different types of incontinence and learn about treatment options that may work for you.  Being educated is half the battle

2.     Don’t be quiet, BE BOLD!

Living with incontinence?  Talk about it!  Inspire others by sharing your story!  Whatever you do though, please - don’t be quite.  This is a condition that needs to be discussed.  With over 25 million Americans living with some type of incontinence, you are not alone, and there is comfort in numbers.  Help us make this a less taboo subject so that no one is afraid to seek help.

3.     Don’t be afraid, BE BRAVE!

It takes the average patient around 6 years to bring up the subject of incontinence with their doctor.  Imagine what you are missing out on in 6 years!!  We think the freedom gained from living a life without fear of accidents is worth more than one embarrassing discussion (which, as it turns out is not even that embarrassing – trust us, your doctor has heard it all before!).  Be brave and take action – get the help you need to get on with your life.

4.     Don’t be judgmental, BE EMPATHETIC!

We get it – caring for an incontinent loved one can be difficult.  Especially if that person is unwilling to seek help or dismisses their incontinence.  But try to shield them from your frustrations and be empathetic toward their plight – it is likely that they know all too well that they have this problem, yet are not sure how to talk about it or manage it.  Going to the bathroom on your own is something that we are used to doing by ourselves and when that function suddenly becomes out of our control, it can be very embarrassing and humbling.  Have some compassion for those you care for with this problem and try to speak with them about it in a way that will foster discussion, not make them feel ashamed.

5.     Don’t be meek, BE STRONG!           

If we could offer only one piece of advice to you, this would be it.  BE STRONG!  In everything you do, please BE STRONG.  Build strength in your knowledge of incontinence and treatment options.  Strengthen your resolve to speak up about this condition – both for yourself, and others.  Build up your physical strength to help you not only ease the symptoms, but possibly eliminate them completely.  BE STRONG!  Because you’ll find that when you start to build up strength in all of these areas of your life, your resolve to live life on your terms, not on incontinences’, becomes stronger too. 

What inspiration will you take with you this holiday season?