Urinary Incontinence and Odor Control
If you have urinary incontinence, you’re likely familiar with the struggle of finding products that help control and eliminate odor while still keeping you dry and comfortable. As we learn more about how the body works and incontinence in general, we also learn how inaccessible many stores make finding the right incontinence products.
We’re passionate about giving you the resources you need to choose the best incontinence products for you, especially when it comes to managing leaks and odor together. This guide breaks down urinary incontinence, odor control, and the best products and tips for managing both.
Managing Odor Related to Urinary Incontinence
Over 33 million adults in the U.S experience urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is characterized by the involuntary release of urine.
Depending on what kind of urinary incontinence you have, this could be caused by a variety of factors. Sometimes genetics are responsible.Other times, the weakening of the bladder muscles or even a hormonal imbalance are the cause of incontinence.
Not every case of incontinence is the same. For instance, some types of incontinence, such as stress incontinence and overflow incontinence, are characterized by smaller leaks. On the other hand, types of incontinence such as reflex incontinence, functional incontinence, and overactive bladder may result in larger voids of urine.
Adult diapers are the most common way to manage leaks from urinary incontinence. However, there are other products that can help manage a few of the side effects that arise from incontinence, like odor.
Odor is a common concern adults may have when learning to manage incontinence. Luckily, there are plenty of products, tips, and tricks for staying fresh and smelling good all day.
When choosing incontinence products to protect you from leaks, it’s important to look for ones that also offer odor protection.
All of our protective underwear offer odor protection as well as leak protection. Our incontinence underwear is designed to absorb liquid, quickly pulling it away from your skin and into the layers of our protective underwear. This not only helps you stay fresh, but it also allows for an even easier clean up.
In addition, we integrate advanced odor technology into each protective underwear design. With leak guards that trap odor and liquid in, you’ll stay leak-free and odor-free all day long.
Easy, Odor-Free Disposal
You can also use our biodegradable disposable bags to help manage and reduce odor. Made with a fresh lavender scent and handles so you can tie the bag, you’ll have access to easy, odor-free disposal that’s discreet.
Simply remove underwear or pads and place in our disposable bag. Tie the bag and you’ll be able to dispose of it in any garbage can discreetly and efficiently.
If you have incontinence, taking care of your skin is a priority. Sometimes chafing or prolonged urine exposure can lead to odor and cause irritation, discomfort, or skin conditions if you’re not careful about what products you’re using on your skin.
When looking for skincare and cleaning products that are convenient for use on the go, aim to find products with moisturizing ingredients. Keeping your skin hydrated is key to preventing irritation before it starts.
Here are a few ways you can use skincare to stay fresh and eliminate odor.
If you have UI, having a cleanser with you on the go is one of the best ways to stay fresh and smelling good. Our no-rinse cleansing spray is an excellent way to clean your skin while also soothing and hydrating areas that could otherwise become dry and irritated.
Our pH-balanced formula contains aloe vera extract, vitamin E, and chamomile to work as a mild cleanser that eliminates odor and helps you stay fresh.
Another way to help keep odor to a minimum is by using flushable wipes. It’s important to find wipes that hydrate skin instead of drying it out. The best way to do this is to look for wipes that don’t contain alcohol.
Even though it’s known for its antibacterial properties, alcohol tends to dry out the skin, leaving it dry, uncomfortable, and even sometimes broken. This can lead to infection and other negative side effects, so it’s vital to keep your skin hydrated.
Instead, try our pH-balanced flushable wipes. They’re made with aloe vera and vitamin E for soothing skin and are pre-moistened for comfort. These provide an easy way to stay fresh and smelling good, even if you’re on the go.
Protective Skin Cream
When you think of urinary incontinence odor control, you may not think of skincare. However, keeping your skin nourished and healthy is one of the best ways to stay comfortable and smelling good.
Our protective skin cream offers natural healing that seals out moisture and protects skin. It’s zinc based and can help prevent chafing, support comfort, and help you remain fresh and comfortable all day.
In addition to knowing which products are best at eliminating odor and how to stay clean even on the go, you can help keep odor to a minimum just by incorporating a few basic health practices in your everyday life.
Many adults with urinary incontinence are hesitant to drink lots of water during the day as this can lead to more leaks. However, this is a misconception of what causes incontinence.
Most leaks are not caused by how much liquid you have in your body at the time, but rather a miscommunication between your brain’s signals and bladder muscles, a hormonal imbalance, or an injury.
Drinking water is vital to health and wellness as it supports cognitive function, fuels exercise, is essential for digestion and metabolism, regulates body temperature, and fuels weight loss. In fact, water is so important to the body that serious health conditions can arise if you’re dehydrated on a regular basis.
Another bonus of drinking plenty of water is that it dilutes urine concentration. In other words, when you’re hydrated, you can also help reduce the concentration of solutes in urine, which also reduces odor.
Learn more here about why staying hydrated is essential in keeping the body healthy.
Check for a UTI
If you notice any sudden changes in odor or that your urine is unusually strong, you may have a urinary tract infection. A UTI is any infection in your urinary system. The infection could be in your kidneys, bladder, ureters, or urethra, and can have a variety of different causes.
UTIs are also closely tied to urinary incontinence in some cases. If you have a UTI you may experience the intense, sudden urge to urinate and be unable to make it to the restroom. This can result in incontinence.
If you have frequent UTIs, taking a probiotic can help manage your infections, increase comfort, and keep odor to a minimum. If you’re not sure what probiotic to consider, our urinary tract health support and feminine probiotic support can help.
Urinary tract health support contains cranberry juice, D-mannose, Bifidobacteria, and lactobacilli to help flush the urinary tract, combat unnecessary bacteria in the bladder, and balance the vaginal microbiome. Just take two capsules once a day and enjoy added support for your urinary system.
Odor from urinary incontinence is a concern for many adults with UI. Luckily, when you have access to the right incontinence products and know what healthy habits can help, managing odor can be simple. Just take a look at what incontinence underwear might be right for you and talk to your doctor about starting a probiotic or urinary tract support today.
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