Ok. Most people are uncomfortable talking about incontinence. Especially adult incontinence. I can speak from experience as someone with incontinence issues that having the right products made a tremendous difference in my lifestyle. And luckily, there are some quality products for those of us with incontinence that are made right here in the U.S.A.
There is a great deal of information available on this topic. The majority of information I used in preparing this post was from the Simon Foundation.
Incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder and/or bowel control, resulting in the loss of urine and/or fecal matter. Incontinence of the bladder, resulting in urine loss, is called “urinary incontinence” or “UI” for short. Incontinence of the bowel, resulting in loss of gas or fecal matter, is called “fecal incontinence” or “bowel incontinence”.
Who has incontinence?
According to recent reports by the US National Institutes of Health, approximately twenty million adult women and six million adult men experience or have experienced urinary incontinence in the US. One of the common myths about incontinence is that it only affects older people or women. Actually, men, women and children of all ages and races can experience incontinence, but it is more common in older adults and women, especially women who have had children.
What causes incontinence?
Incontinence is not a disease in and of itself. Rather, it is a symptom of something else that is going wrong, or not working quite right, in the body. That is why it is always important to see a doctor about any problems with incontinence or leakage of urine or fecal matter. When I began having nighttime incontinence issues I went to my doctor. Ultimately I ended up with a neurosurgeon and learned that I had a tumor on my spinal cord. An operation was able to remove part of the tumor but I continue to need some assistance with incontinence. I am a daily user of catheters, underpads and personal pads. I understand the impact this health issue has on lives and truly want to help you find products that will work for you while still supporting our American economy.
Many of the products out there aren’t very clearly labeled. The research I’ve done leads me to say that if you are going to shop for your incontinence supplies online like I do, then always do a search for something like “Made in USA” that should help narrow the products. But also please read the product details.
The Medical Supply Depot also carries products that are made in the USA. They usually have a sale going on or a deal that provides free shipping.
You may also want to try a cleansing product like this one or some personal care wipes.
Speaking from my own experience I recommend finding products that you like and that work for your individual needs and body type. And then order them online. Cases of pads or diapers are large and bulky items that are inconvenient to shop for at local stores. Since most of these companies will offer free shipping with a reasonably priced purchase, why not have these items discreetly delivered?
Dry Defender is a company that makes underpads for your bed.
These reusable underpads are 100% cotton with a vinyl backing and provide great value for the price.