Incontinence, the inability to control bladder or bowels, is a subject that many of us Baby Boomers don’t want to think about but is something some of us experience It could be a result of a condition or illness that causes a person to leak either temporarily or permanently. If you’re a woman who has experienced a difficult birth or multiple natural births in the past, it’s not uncommon to squirt when you sneeze or laugh. For little leaks, a panty liner does the job just fine, but if you have to change your pants every time you cough or laugh, you may want to consider a solution that offers you more reliable protection.
Even if you don’t have incontinence, you may know someone who does
Both of my parents, who recently passed away, got to the point that they couldn’t control their bladder and bowels. My father didn’t always make it to the toilet in time and my sister had to “hose him down.” She resisted making him wear adult underwear, but finally relented because it made her life easier. My mother was fine up until the last few weeks of her life and then was unable to get up and move on her own.
There are many Baby Boomers who need to wear adult underwear even though they aren’t ill or elderly.
You can depend on Depend
Depend Underwear with Fit-Flex protection has made it so wearing protective underwear for incontinence doesn’t have to be embarrassing. Their pull-up panties are designed to mimic regular underwear and provide moderate protection in case of an accident. Wearing one won’t make you look puffy or bulky like other brands do. No one can tell you’re wearing them. They’re available in “peach color,” to mimic your natural skin and are made with Lycra strands to provide a closer body fit.
I recently flew over 10 hours to Europe stuck in a middle seat. In retrospect, it would have been a good idea to wear Depend. Sometimes it’s difficult if you can’t get to a restroom in time. If you leak, you simply throw the disposable panty away.
Who knows? You might relate.
Ideally, the goal is to avoid having bladder or bowel control issues in the first place.
Here are some tips to keep you from having incontinence “accidents.”
- Walk as much as you can and take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator if possible. Walking and climbing strengthen your kegel and sphincter muscles. You might also want to try horseback riding or tennis. The point is to stay active and moving.
- Visualize yourself as being healthy, strong and in control of your bodily functions.
- Control your weight – Excess belly fat puts pressure on the bladder and pelvic muscles.
- Train your bladder by delaying urination by 10 minutes each time and then working up to 20 minutes.
- Eat foods that are rich in magnesium like corn, potatoes, and bananas. Magnesium will reduce bladder spasms and allow it to empty completely.
- Get enough vitamin D. Drink fortified milk products, eat eggs and fish.
- Try hypnotherapy to reprogram your mind and body to control your bladder and/or bowels.
- Quit smoking. Nicotine irritates the bladder and makes you cough.
- Acupuncture may help balance the bladder and kidneys.
- Watch your caffeine intake as it acts as a diuretic.
Think of “Depend” as something that’s “dependable” rather than something to “Depend on.”
Full disclosure: I was a participating in a blogger review campaign for Depend. I received a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.