The Major Risk Of Sleeping and Wearing a Sanitary Pad (+ How to Prevent It)
Absorbent pads are one of the most popular ways of managing bladder weakness. You simply pop on your pad and you’re good for a little jump or bump for the next few hours. But padding the problem overnight can cause more harm than you may have initially thought.
The use of absorbent pads is associated with an increased risk of developing UTIs. A UTI can develop as a result of the pads keeping bacteria pressed against your urethra, encouraging the growth of bacteria. This risk of infection increases is you do not change your pad often.
This is where sleeping multiplies the risk.
With most of us having 6-8 hours of sleep per night, it’s a long time to go without changing into a clean sanitary pad. The bacteria will love it – you, may not…
Yet, clinical trials have proven that to fully eliminate contamination of urine collected pads, your pad would need to be changed every 30 minutes!
Your risk of developing a UTI also increases with age in women. Over 10% of women older than 65 experience a UTI at least once per year. That increases to over 30% when you reach 85.
How to decrease your risk
If you use incontinence pads to manage bladder weakness, it may be worth trying to find a solution to the condition rather than padding the problem.
Kegel exercises are one of the best ways to eradicate bladder weakness. Keeping your pelvic floor muscles toned and strong can help to prevent bladder leakage and improve your leaks if you’re already suffering.
Discover how to do pelvic floor exercises here.
But 50% of women cannot perform an effective pelvic floor muscle contraction.
Many men and women find it easier to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles with the help of electronic stimulation. The Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner has a variety of clinically approved programmes that work with your body to control the bladder and bowel.
Reviews for the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner
Polly - I'm So Glad I Bought This!
"I was getting up around 6 times a night to pee and during the day I could only hold my urine in for an hour and a half tops. It was a real problem and impacted on my life in every way. My whole life seemed to revolve around being near a toilet, so I didn’t wee my pants. Anyway, I took a chance and bought this little machine and after only 5 sessions, with the pads on my back, my trips to the toilet at night are now 2 and I can sleep. It has greatly improved my ability to hold my urine and the time between urinating is longer. It has stopped leakage. I feel relieved and happy.”
Mrs K - Excellent Results in Days!
"I had been offered surgery for stress incontinence some 3 years ago which I have been very reluctant to have. When my husband saw the adverts for Kegel8, he suggested I try it. Well..... after a week I noticed a difference, I tripped and didn't leak as much for the first time in 20 years. When going to sleep if I stretched I would leak ... no more! Can't wait to see the results after 6 weeks. Definitely should be available on the NHS would save them thousands in unnecessary surgery.”
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