When urinary incontinence affects the quality of your health and overall well-being, it may be time to consider medical adult diapers. More commonly called incontinence supplies, these disposable undergarments can improve your independence and daily function.
What Causes Incontinence?
As we age, the muscles controlling the urinary bladder and bowels weaken, leading to episodes of:
- Stress incontinence, in which an individual loses small amounts of urine when coughing, sneezing, laughing, or lifting something heavy
- Urge incontinence, in which an individual suddenly has to void or have a bowel movement and cannot control the urge before reaching a toilet
Stress incontinence is common in women over the age of 50. However, pregnant women, anyone who is very overweight, and men with enlarged prostates can experience this kind of urinary control problem, as well.
In addition, some medical conditions lead to incontinence in varying degrees. Examples of these health issues include:
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Some prescription medications, alcohol, and caffeine in large amounts and even chronic constipation can impact continence. Your primary care physician will assist you in understanding why you experience incontinence and what lifestyle modifications, medications, or surgical interventions could help you regain and maintain control.
When Are Incontinence Products Your Best Options?
Most people shrink away from the idea of wearing medical adult diapers. Yet, for some individuals, these products are very helpful. While they do not prevent accidents, they do provide far more absorbency than normal undergarments, and with today’s technology, the diapers are less conspicuous and bulky than ever before.
Adult diapers from your Presidio, TX, medical supplier:
- Absorb and hide bladder leakage
- Keep your clothing dry and spot-free
- Avoid skin breakdown and infections that contact with urine and feces can cause, particularly in people with limited mobility
- Allow you to work, visit friends, run errands, and enjoy many activities outside the home without having to worry about accidents
- Decrease worry and embarrassment over accidents and odor
Along with using adult diapers, try to understand your urinary habits (and accidents). Track when and how often leaks or larger accidents occur. Do you lose just a bit of urine and would benefit from a simple incontinence pad when you are very active or working out at the gym? Or, are the episodes less predictable, and you lose a large amount of urine suddenly, with little to no warning?
Discuss these symptoms with your primary care physician to determine the underlying cause of your incontinence and what treatments may help. Also, have a frank conversation about medical adult diapers. They are available in different styles (pull-on with elastic waistbands or adhesive tabs as examples) and absorbencies to suit individual needs.
Incontinence Products in Southwest Texas
At Reliance Medical in Alpine, TX, our friendly customer service representatives are experts in a wide range of incontinence products and will help you decide which one is right for you. We can help you choose the right product, arrange for bulk purchase, and even set-up home delivery.
To learn more, call us at (325) 692-7443, or request information about adult medical diapers online through our website. Reliance Medical has locations in Presidio, Alpine, Abilene and Monahans, Texas. We are proud to serve physicians’ offices, hospice and home care needs, as well as individual customers. We look forward to hearing from you.