What are the benefits of incontinence products?
The right incontinence products are a crucial part of any pelvic floor therapy regimen. While these products can make a huge improvement in your quality of life, they should not be used as a substitute for pelvic floor therapy. In conjunction with kegels and other physical exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, panty liners, pads, or briefs can help you manage your bladder leaks and live an active lifestyle. As you progress through pelvic floor therapy and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, you may need to adjust which incontinence products you need to use on a day-to-day basis.
Which incontinence products are right for me?
This product guide can help you identify which products would be best for you based on the severity of your leaks, your lifestyle, and your personal preferences. Incontinence products come in a variety of different absorbencies and thicknesses depending on your needs, there are sustainable, and reusable products on the market as well. Innovative products like hybrid pads are also on the market and can help you manage bladder leaks and period flow at the same time. You can also seek the professional recommendation of a pelvic floor therapy specialist to find the right products. Simple products with few, naturally based ingredients are likely to be the best for your skin, and the most soft and discreet ways to accompany your pelvic floor therapy routine. Keeping harsh chemicals, bleaches, dyes or fragrances away from that area of the body can also prevent irritation or UTIs.
Do they make hypoallergenic incontinence products?
Yes, for those with sensitive skin, or allergies there are hypoallergenic products on the market. There are a couple of options when you are looking for products that are cleaner and more sustainable, reusable products can work nicely to cater to all these needs. However, some women don't like the idea of having to travel home with thier used incontinence products to wash. Another options are these pads, which are made from plant based materials, in carbon neutral factories, and don't use any toxins, dyes, bleaches, parabens, or fragrances making them extra gentle on the skin.
What ingredients should I avoid?
It is important to be careful with the ingredients of all incontinence products you buy, seeing as they sit next to some of your most sensitive skin and organs. Synthetic fragrances and other artificial ingredients can irritate the sensitive skin around the vulva and vagina, or even cause rashes. As you undergo pelvic floor therapy, be sure to use products that are designed for sensitive skin, whether it’s panty liners or ben wa balls. This list of the “toxic twelve” includes some ingredients that you should make sure to avoid when selecting products that are right for you. Synthetic fragrances, aluminum, mineral oil, and parabens should always raise red flags when you are shopping for products.
Are incontinence products sustainable?
In addition to looking for ingredients that are best for your skin, you can also verify the sustainability of the ingredients. Most products on the market use petroleum top sheets that sit up next to your skin, as well as plastics, synthetic fragrances and bleaches which are bad for your skin and environment. Using products wiht sustainable materials, that are sustainably made can be better for both the earth and your body! Products made with plant-based sheets can actually be up to ten times more effective at wicking away moisture than cotton sheets, making them highly sustainable in addition to exceptionally effective. Naturally-based products are important both for the environment and your own pelvic floor therapy routine.
What products do pelvic floor therapy specialists recommend?
For your personal safety and vulvar health, you should use products recommended by pelvic floor therapy professionals as well as dermatologist tested and approved. Additionally, you should look out for breathable material that can wick away moisture effectively, leaving you feeling clean and fresh so that you don’t have to change your products more frequently than necessary. The simpler the better - look for designs that are soft and body-and-earth friendly rather than ones with overly complicated ingredients. Your pelvic floor therapy regimen will help you tackle the root cause of your urinary incontinence, while sustainable products will allow you to take control of your day with confidence.
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