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    Bladder Control Products for Urinary Incontinence

    Barrier Devices for Urinary Incontinence continued...

    A vaginal guard is another option. They’re disposable devices that come in three sizes. The guard is inserted into the vagina using an applicator. It prevents leaks by adding support to the pelvic structures and muscles.

    For men, the primary device is a penile compression clamp. Because there are few studies on how well they work, their safety, or comfort, and because of the potential for circulation problems, many doctors advise that they be used with extreme caution.

    Lifestyle Products for Urinary Incontinence

    In addition to products that absorb urine, there are devices that control the flow.

    For men, the primary device is a penile compression clamp. Because there are few studies focused on their efficacy, safety, or comfort, and because of the potential for causing circulation problems, many doctors advise that they be used with extreme caution.

    Women have the option of intravaginal support devices -- items such as tampons or vaginal sponges. They can provide temporary continence control by applying pressure on the support tissues of the bladder. This helps keep urine from escaping and is particularly good for stress incontinence, where physical exertion brings on urine loss.

    For 24-hour protection, many women find a support pessary helpful. This is a plastic ring-type device that's inserted into the vagina. It also increases pressure on the urethra muscles and adds support to the pelvic region. Because these devices must be fitted to your pelvis size, they require a doctor's visit. They, can, however, be removed by you for cleaning, but should be replaced with a new one each year -- and that necessitates another trip to the doctor. Be aware that -- in some cases -- a pessary can worsen urinary incontinence.

    More recently, vaginal guards have become available. Vaginal guards -- disposable polyurethane devices -- come in three sizes. The guard is inserted into the vagina using an applicator and adds support to the pelvic structures and urethra muscles.

    Skin Care Treatments

    No matter how well your incontinence products work, when urine continually touches your skin, you can get rashes and even infections.

    Most experts agree that changing pads or underwear whenever you feel wet can help. So can rinsing the genital area with warm water and drying it thoroughly each time you change pads.

    Some people find skin care products featuring a moisture barrier helpful in reducing skin irritation. Any products for diaper rash can help.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Stuart Bergman, MD on September 30, 2015
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