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Incontinence Glossary

Incontinence Glossary

December 16, 2013

antimicrobial fibers is antimicrobial fibers used in incontinence underwear to reduce or eliminate odors that occur because of urine leakage. can be used for odor protection purposes in both men’s and women’s incontinence underwear.

Bladder Leakage: Bladder leakage is an embarrassing problem in which urine is released from the bladder involuntarily. The amount of urine released during incontinence episodes may vary from a few drops to a large amount that soaks the individual’s underwear and clothing.

Briefs: Briefs are underwear designed for men. Briefs are constructed in a classic, high-cut style or as boxer briefs that extend down to the middle of the wearer’s thigh. For men suffering from incontinence, absorbent incontinence briefs with leakage and odor protection are available.

Catheter: A catheter is a flexible tube inserted through the urethra and into the urinary bladder to withdraw urine or to inject a liquid. Catheters are often used to withdraw samples of urine for diagnostic purposes, inject medicinal treatments or relieve distension.

Dri™ System: Wearever uses its Dri™ System to ensure that incontinence underwear are absorbent and leak-resistant. This system reinforces the absorbent pads used in Wearever’s products, which can last for up to 250 washes.

Enuresis: Enuresis, or bedwetting, involves the voluntary or involuntary release of urine during sleep. This condition typically occurs among children, older individuals and people who suffer from urinary incontinence.

Fecal Incontinence: Fecal incontinence refers to the involuntary release of stool. Common causes of fecal incontinence include muscle problems, nerve damage and certain illnesses.

Functional Incontinence: Functional incontinence occurs when an individual is aware of the need to urinate but is unable to make it to the bathroom for mental or physical reasons.

Incontinence: The term incontinence refers to the inability to control a bodily function, such as urination or defecation.

Incontinence Briefs: Incontinence briefs are men’s underwear designed to protect against urinary incontinence. Incontinence briefs usually include absorbent pads and/or odor-eliminating materials.

Incontinence Panties: Incontinence panties are women’s underwear designed to protect against urinary incontinence. Like incontinence briefs, incontinence panties may include odor-elimination measures and/or absorbent padding.

Menopause: Menopause occurs when natural hormonal changes in a woman’s body cause her to stop menstruating. The chance of urinary incontinence may increase during and after menopause.

Mixed Incontinence: Mixed incontinence occurs when an individual has symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence.

Neurological Bladder Disorders: Neurological bladder disorders are bladder problems, such as incontinence, that occur because of neurological diseases, conditions or damage.

Overflow Incontinence: Overflow incontinence is urine leakage that occurs when the bladder becomes too full. Overflow incontinence is common among people who don’t feel the urge to urinate when they should.

Pads: Pads are thick underwear inserts composed of absorbent materials and used to protect clothing from excretions, such as urine or feces.

Pantiliners: Pantiliners are thin pads that attach to the interior of underwear to absorb urine and other substances. Pantiliners are typically used when the amount of urine excreted during episodes of incontinence isn’t enough to require a thicker pad.

Pelvic Floor Exercises: Pelvic floor exercises are voluntary exercises that strengthen the muscles that support the bladder and help it remain closed.

Post-Micturition Dribble: A post-micturition dribble occurs when a few drops of urine leak after the individual has voided his or her bladder. Post-micturition dribbles are more common among males than females, and they tend to become more frequent with age.

Prostate: The prostate is a male reproductive gland located directly beneath the bladder. When the prostate becomes enlarged, it may lead to incontinence. Incontinence may also occur after an individual undergoes treatment for prostate cancer.

Seamless Panties: Seamless panties are women’s underwear designed without seams in order to provide a smoother appearance and a more comfortable fit. Seamless panties with incontinence protection are available.

Stress Incontinence: Stress incontinence occurs when an individual experiences urine leakage after a stressful activity, such as lifting a heavy object, laughing, coughing or sneezing.

Underactive Bladder: Underactive bladder is a urological condition that occurs when the individual cannot completely empty his or her bladder. This condition may occur because of infection, the side effects of medication, surgery or certain types of neurological damage.

Underwear: Underwear are garments worn beneath the clothing. For people suffering from incontinence, underwear may be reinforced with absorbent materials, such as padding.

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