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Incontinence Support Blog

What to Expect When You Talk to Your Doctor About Incontinence

Posted by Andy Orrell

Jun 23, 2016 3:10:29 PM

Don't let the fear of bladder accidents ever keep you from an active life filled with work, friends, and family. Incontinence isn't a normal part of aging, or something you just have to live with. There are plenty of things you can do. The sooner you call your doctor, the faster you can get treated.

It's not easy to talk about incontinence. That's why men wait, on average, three years before they get help. Take the first step and call your doctor. He might refer you to a specialist who treats urinary conditions. At your first visit, ask if your diet, health problems, or medicine could be causing the problem.

Before your doctors can treat your incontinence, they need to know what kind it is. If you release urine when you cough, laugh, or sneeze, that's likely stress incontinence. If you have a sudden need to go before leakage happens, that's probably urge incontinence. Some people have a combination of the two.

Your doctor will examine you and ask about your health, symptoms, medicines you take, and the type of accidents you have. He or she might suggest you keep a diary to record every time you go to the bathroom or have wetness.

Your doctor will evaluate your symptoms and rule out any medical conditions and may order tests to check for infections or other problems, as well as a bladder stress test.

There are things you can do to try and control your incontinence. These include scheduling your bathroom visits at regular intervals -- for instance, every 2 hours. If you have to go before the time is up, use Kegels or relaxation techniques to hold it in until the urge passes. After a while, hopefully you'll train yourself to go less often, with longer and longer periods between restroom breaks.

These few routine changes can help prevent leaks and get you back to your favorite activities. However, don't stop drinking fluids -- you'll get dehydrated. Limit each drink to 6 to 8 ounces, and don't have them within 2 to 4 hours of bedtime.

Also, avoid caffeine, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners, which increase the urge to go. If you're overweight, drop a few pounds to ease pressure on your bladder. And don't smoke. It's bad for your bladder, too.

What if after all of this you’re still experiencing incontinence?

Where women may not yet have the choice and must resort to absorbents, men have a choice: absorbents or catheters (both internal and external). For ease of use and the freedom it provides, we of course suggest Men’s Liberty. BioDerm provides an excellent training program for application and use of the product. Another benefit is that Medicare helps pay for the Men’s Liberty external catheters; Medicare does not pay for diapers or absorbents that you purchase from your local drugstore.

Topics: CathGrip, incontinence, BioDerm, adult diapers

How CathGrip can Improve Your Tubing Securement

Posted by Mens Liberty

Oct 8, 2013 2:30:00 PM

CathGrip Products

As some of you may have already guessed, I am new to the BioDerm team and the healthcare industry. I have only been with the company for the past two weeks; however, ever since my first interview I could see the dedication and passion everyone here has for the products we produce. It’s one of the things that attracted me to the company. Everyone from the call center representatives to upper management is enthusiastic about making  a difference for our customers and improving their daily lives. I’ll admit, I didn’t quite get it at first. Then I looked a little deeper, and I was struck by how different they were from what is currently on the market and how they could make a positive impact for physicians, caregivers, and ultimately patients.

And fortunately, it seems I’m not alone. This afternoon I was sent an email which I would like to share with you. The email is from one of our patients, Kelly Iden. Kelly was recently sent samples of our tubing securement devices, UniGrip and Grip&Seal as well as BioPlus+.

CathGrip is our hydrocolloid based catheter securement device. It uses the same adhesive as Men’s Liberty and can secure almost any tube coming out of your body. Tubes and drains are common in hospitals, but what I didn’t know was that some people have permanent tubes – they’re always going to need products like ours!

Kelly is one of these. He has a permanent suprapubic tube and is currently recovering from surgery to correct buried bumper syndrome.

Below, he describes his experience using our products.

“I wanted to thank you all for the samples and say I love your products. My skin was happy for one of the first times in 5 years. They don’t cause itching, or pain. After you remove them you cannot tell where they were. They are sturdy and they didn’t fall off (or even lift) and the clasps didn’t break no matter how many times you opened and shut them. I loved them both but at this time I prefer the UniGrip. The BioPlus+ didn’t cause any itching either. You have an awesome product and it truly does what it claims to do”

That last sentence really drove it home for me. We are not just selling healthcare devices without purpose; we are creating products that positively impact the lives of other people. I now understand where the passion and dedication comes from; it comes from stories like this.

With that being said, we still have many people to help. There will be more stories to tell and more people who can benefit from discovering these lifechanging products.

So I’m sending out a big thank you to Kelly for sharing his experience with us and allowing me to share it with our readers. I look forward to hearing more stories like this one, so please, if you have an experience you would like to share with us, don’t be afraid to reach out. We would love to hear your story!

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Topics: Patient Stories, CathGrip