Incontinence – a problem more common than you probably first thought

People of all ages can experience issues controlling their bladder, which can have a huge impact on their daily lives. However, it is a lot more common that you may think. Approximately 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men will experience some form of incontinence in their lives, and there is no reason to be embarrassed about it. With incontinence in some form affecting so many of us, it is most likely some people around you have experienced it too – you are not alone!

There are different causes and types of incontinence. Some incontinence issues can cause light leakage, whereas on the more severe end of the spectrum, complete loss of control can occur. It is important to remember there are wide services and help available to you if you are struggling. If you are very worried about your incontinence, you should arrange an appointment with your GP.

Whether it is mild or severe incontinence you are struggling with, we have something to help here at Snowdrop. We offer a wide range of incontinence products, from reusable to disposable, low absorbency to high absorbency solutions, and even solutions for night-time.

Here are our top tips for finding the perfect products to help:

• Consider what time of day your incontinence issues begin – if you only experience problems at night, perhaps you could consider bed pads or night-time options
• Consider what type of product you would like to use – are you keen on reusable products that can be washed, or would you prefer a disposable alternative?
• How severe does your incontinence feel? Use your judgement to help find the correct absorbency in pads
• Talk to one of our expert team who can recommend some options for you to try

Finding the right mix of incontinence products is often the most difficult obstacle to overcome. If you try out some pads that aren’t for you – don’t give up! It is normal for you to try and test a few different options until you find the right combination that works for you. Whether that is on the first or tenth try, you can find something that works with your needs.

As much as it is important to find the right products, it is also important that you find the right balance of living well with incontinence. This can include taking care of your skin, and changing pads regularly to ensure you keep your skin healthy, and to avoid any bad odours. Planning ahead when going on long journeys or days out may also help reduce stress or worry. Pack some spare pads or a change of underwear for practical solutions and an added piece of mind in the case of an accident. To improve living in the home, why not try grab rails in the bathroom, or commodes as a way to make life easier. Wearing simple, loose fitting clothing without complicated fastenings can also help in a range of situations.

We know the worry or stress you may be struggling with during your incontinence issues, so we have ensured that our showrooms act as a safe space for you to visit if you are struggling. Our teams are there to provide expert advice and a friendly face to recommend some aids to help.

If you’d like some more information about our products, you can call your local showroom by finding their contact details here.

To view all of our solutions online, visit our dedicated incontinence section here.