Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Do You Pee When You Sneeze or Jump? It's okay, We've got Wearever for that.

I had the opportunity to review a product that I know many, many other lady bloggers passed on the opportunity to review, and that's okay. It's a sensitive subject. I get it. But, we're still going to talk about it. Why? Because here at Ramblings of Mama, we talk about the hard stuff; it really does have to do with Women's Health.

Here's the deal: any woman that has been nine months pregnant, with a full bladder and sneezed, laughed, or coughed has done it. Some ladies have traumatic vaginal births, weakened pelvic floor musculature as a result, and they've done it too. Shoot, some ladies who haven't even had traumatic births, just plain old "regular" grade 1 or 2 tears have weakened pelvic floors have probably done it, too. Many older ladies, our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, etc, they likely have done it at one point or another.

It's just not discussed.  Well, here we are, and we ARE going to talk about it. We're going to talk about incontinence, stress incontinence and urinary urgency. While working as an Occupational Therapist in hospitals, acute rehabilitation facilities and even as an adult outpatient therapist, one of the questions I always asked my female patients was about their bladder control. Without giving too many details, I'd say more than 50% of women said they experienced stress incontinence or urinary urgency. More than fifty percent of women: that's a lot of ladies with weak pelvic floor musculature. 

Let me just tell you a story. I'm going to put it all out there, for the whole blogosphere and interwebs. (I'm going to pretend for a minute that none of my NEW co-workers are going to read this). When I was 7 months pregnant, I started a brand new job. I loved it, it was a different setting than where I previously had been full time, and my new co-workers were great about me being super pregnant. Well, let me just tell you. We lived in Georgia and that means allergies galore- doesn't matter the time of year. That, combined with pregnancy nose (that constant stuffed up nose thing going on), yeah I was a sneezing hot mess, unless I was medicated on allergy meds and sudafed. Which, by the way, makes your baby party in the belly, just FYI, but please don't go trying it just to make the baby dance, please. Here it goes: one day, after everyone else had left for the day, I was finishing some paperwork. After the paperwork, I'd hit the bathroom and head home. I didn't even have to pee that badly, but Nugget was joyously bouncing on my bladder as if it was a moon bounce and the drive home could be as long as 20+ minutes in traffic, so you know, plan to be better safe than sorry, right? Wrong. I was walking from the office to the cabinet to put my paperwork away and all of a sudden AH-CHOO. 

I tried crossing my legs and holding it all in, but... well, you know what happened. 

I totally peed myself, straight down my leg. I couldn't. Stop. Peeing. 

There it was, on the floor. Complete with a puddle. Sigh. At my brand new job. THANK 8lb10oz sweet baby Jesus that everyone else had left for the day; because, I would have DIED of mortification if anyone saw. I grabbed some towels (because it was a rehabilitation hospital, so they had TONS right there) and cleaned it up, in my pee pants. Then I grabbed a garbage bag, put it on my drivers seat, high tailed it home and showered. After that, for the remainder of my pregnancy, I wore pads, and kept two extra sets of bottoms in my desk at work. You know, *justincase* (ha). I share this now; because, we need to talk about it! While my story is funny, and *I* can laugh about it, it's still serious. 

I know of some women who wear panty liners, but still have to change panties because it was more than the liner could handle. I know a lot of ladies wear special disposable undergarments for that *justincase* situation. They're not as "pretty" as the company would like to advertise, despite the fact they're coming out in colors now instead of sterile white or beige, and they STILL crinkle like a diaper! Talk about not being able to be discreet. Walk, crinkle... Seat shift, crinkle crinkle. Plus, those special disposable underwear, while somewhat easy for clean up, are super expensive to keep on hand, which for the elderly (or anyone for that matter) on a limited budget, can mean choosing between groceries or pull up diapers. And me? I choose food. Everytime. And, in the spirit of honestly, they're extremely bad for the environment. They're just as bad as disposable baby diapers. Not only all of the above reasons, I don't know of a single woman who wouldn't prefer to wear regular panties, despite their incontinence and pelvic floor issues.

So, what's a woman to do? 

Well, I'm here to let you know, Wearever is a solution to this problem. They've designed real women's panties, with multiple different levels of absorbency for incontinence issues. From the outside, you'd never even know they had a special lining. I received Floral Fancy in blue, Smooth & Silky Seamless Full-Cut in beige, and Super Incontinence Panties to check out and review for you all, which just happened to have all different absorbancy levels.

Wearever's panties have multiple layers. The innermost layer (closest to you) being a cotton or poly cotton material (depends on the panty style), then the middle layer is their Unique-Dri™ pads that trap liquid and are treated with odor eliminating Agion™ antimicrobial fibers, with the next layer being a leak proof lining that prevents leakage outside of the undergarment, and the last layer is the outside, or the panty. So from the outside ladies, you'd NEVER know that it was a special panty for incontinence issues. They say that these panties are good for around 200-250 washes, and you just want to make sure you dry on low, to prevent damaging the waterproof layer.

This topic has come up back in June by another blogger, by my girl Heather, over at Mommypotamus, who tells us why we need to pee in the shower. I absolutely had to share her post; not only because it's informative, but it will definitely make you laugh. Please, urinate before reading that link. Thanks girls.

Just for those that are interested in strengthening up that pelvic floor, here's an interview with a specialist who gives some recommendations on how to strengthen the pelvic floor, and another that has four fast fixes for pelvic floor dysfunction. Though, as an Occupational Therapist, I'm going to tell you that this isn't necessarily something that is a fast fix. There ARE women's health specialists in helping to restore your pelvic floor. Believe it or not, this is the STANDARD of care in France postpartum. Here in the US, you can find professionals and are good at what they do. To find one, go to www.apta.org Go to their “Find a PT” section. Select “Women’s Health” as the specialty area from the drop down menu. Look for one in your area. If you have physical therapy coverage, this is covered, too.

In the interim, get yourself some Wearever so that you can live a little more free, with a little more dignity, and not worry if the next laugh, cough, sneeze or jump is going to have you running for the ladies room. They're reasonably priced and come in many styles.

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1 comment:

  1. Most of women don't talk about such condition... but these things can only drop them down to bigger issues. The Incontinence Doctor In Beverly Hills says that Urinary incontinence is a daily issue for countless women across the nation. This condition can result from a wide variety of factors, but the truth is that there is no age... so as possible do talk to your doctor... Take care accordingly ... Thanks.


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