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HARTMANN supports the World Continence Week campaign organised by the World Federation For Incontinence and Pelvic Problems (WFIPP).
Incontinence continues to be a sensitive subject, but by opening up a conversation about it, we can work through it together.
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For a long time, Ellie felt too embarrassed to talk to her family or even her doctor about her incontinence. But her daughter noticed that she was starting to isolate herself and choosing not to leave home very often. For example, Ellie no longer volunteered to pick her grandchildren up from school. It was only when Ellie's daughter asked her if anything was the matter, that Ellie found the confidence to talk about her bladder weakness.
That conversation gave Ellie the courage to talk to her doctor as well. Today, Ellie wears pull-up pants that are ideal for her needs and she is living life to the full again.
Sara likes to keep fit and goes to the gym twice a week and runs almost every day. For several weeks, she has been experiencing urinary leaks and has had to cut short her running sessions.
Did you know up to 85% of women experience incontinence? Due to pregnancy or high-level sport, the pelvic floor muscles are often weakened and can no longer preform their supporting function. This can lead to uncontrollable urinary leaks when running, sneezing, or coughing.
Helen has been struggling with incontinence for a few years. To avoid urinary leaks, she tried drinking less. But after doing some research, she discovered that dehydration can actually make urinary incontinence worse.
If there is too little fluid intake, the bladder is not flushed out as well as it needs to be leading to bacteria accumulating faster in the kidneys, bladder, and urethra.
This increases the risk of bladder or urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Also, the urine produced is highly concentrated and can irritate the bladder making the need to go to the toilet and urinate increases. It's recommended to drink 1.5 to 2 litres of fluid a day. Water and tea are great choices.
William is an active 55-year-old man. After a busy week at work, he enjoys going out at the weekend to support his favourite football team and play a few rounds of golf with friends. He has also been experiencing bladder weakness. Talking to his doctor, William found out that the bladder weakness he has is quite common. 1 in 8 men suffer from incontinence.
Although less men are affected than women, they are more likely to suffer from an overactive bladder and urge incontinence. This means they may feel a sudden, urgent need to go to the toilet.
Paul has been retired for 5 years. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends. For the past few months, Paul has started to experience urinary leaks. After consulting with his doctor, he decided to look for a discreet and reliable solution that would fit his active lifestyle.
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Four years ago, Marie noticed that she had slight urine leakage when she coughed. She didn't pay much attention to it at the time, as she was more concerned about the first symptoms of menopause. When the leaks became more frequent, she decided to talk to her GP. He explained that she was experiencing stress incontinence, a weakening of the pelvic floor caused by hormonal changes during menopause. Following her doctor's advice, she started a an exercise regime to learn how to better control her pelvic floor. Marie now feels much better and can take up Yoga again, her favourite sport.
Knowing what type of incontinence you have is your first step towards a solution. Our advice is to talk to your doctor, and in the meantime, why not click below for more information on the different types of incontinence?
Lisa, now retired, is caring for her 85-year-old mother by helping her with daily tasks such as shopping, attending appointments and housework. Recently, she noticed that her mother's clothes had a strong smell of urine, even though she was wearing a pad. Lisa looked for products that were designed for urine and contained odour neutralisers as well as the discreet, reliable protection she needed. She also found a cream to soothe her mother's irritated skin. These new products have made all the difference. Lisa is no longer worrying about her mother being in discomfort or her intimate care, and instead they can enjoy spending time together.
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