Incontinence is a humiliating problem, but it’s far from unusual. Many people deal with incontinence related to short-term problems or long-term medical conditions. It is estimated that 1 in 4 women over the age of 35 experience some level of urinary incontinence, often following childbirth or during menopause. Incontinence is also experienced by approximately 1 in 10 men, commonly related to prostate issues. Incontinence is more prevalent with age, and is commonly experienced by those 65 and over. Due to increased life expectancy and decreased fertility rates, the world population is experiencing a “global graying”, which has contributed to an increase in the global market for incontinence products as there is an increasing proportion of people aged over 65.
The US incontinence market is forecast to reach a value of US$1.6 billion by 2017, driven by an aging population and a gradual breakdown of the taboo surrounding incontinence. These factors will contribute to increased numbers of people needing incontinence products which allow them to continue living their lives whilst experiencing the condition. Globally the market is set to grow by between 4 and 7% per annum.
Incontinence can be due to many different reasons. Women may develop urinary incontinence due to changes in the strength of the muscles supporting the bladder sometimes caused by pregnancy and childbirth. For men, incontinence can be related to infections of the prostate, prostate enlargement and other concerns. Some people develop urinary and fecal incontinence due to nerve or muscle damage. Bowel control problems can also be a result of stomach problems like chronic constipation or diarrhea. By understanding the cause of your incontinence concerns, you can make a better decision about which products are right for you.
Protection products for incontinence are designed to absorb urine, feces or both and to keep waste away from your skin and off of your clothes until you can make it to a bathroom. Protective underwear for women and briefs for men are among the most commonly used types of protection. These undergarments are worn instead of or in addition to your underwear and have absorbent cores. Incontinence pads attach to your underwear to capture urine leakage or accidents. For very light protection, panty liners or lightweight pads are often sufficient and are very thin for a comfortable fit. Protective undergarments and pads come in different lengths, sizes and shapes to suit every body type and every individual’s incontinence concerns.
Goodwill Home Medical Equipment (GWHME) offers a wide range of Incontinence Products to meet your specific incontinence need. Our incontinence inventory includes disposable briefs, and disposable tab diapers in a variety of sizes to include bariatric sizes, under pads to protect your bed, sanitary wipes, and more. The products listed above can be purchased at the Ewing, NJ store and for your convenience customers can buy incontinence supplies and a variety of other medical products at a bargain price online by visiting http://www.goodwillhomemedical.org