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Managing incontinence

There are several behavioural techniques that can enhance continence. These include bowel and bladder training, relaxation techniques, biofeedback and kegel exercise. Kegel exercises are performed by tightening the pelvic floor muscles in a series of repetitions. These should be performed 30-80 times daily over a course of eight weeks.

There are also interventional strategies for incontinence if behavioural techniques cannot be performed. These include surgical interventions, pelvic muscle rehabilitation, pharmacological therapies and the use of disposable products. One surgical procedure performed in many cases is called a sling procedure. The surgeon will reposition the bladder into the correct anatomical position to enable the bladder to collect and empty urine properly. Bulking treatments use materials such as collagen to thicken the sphincters that control urine flow.

A number of different products may be used to help those living with incontinence to remain comfortable and dry. The selection of an incontinent product should correlate with the type of incontinence. The smallest/minimal product should be used to support and encourage continence and promote an individual's dignity and confidence. Diaper sizing is critical – the better the fit, the more comfortable the wearer and the better the absorption. For more assistance in deciding which product is right for you, please refer to our Product Overview guide.