Seeking Incontinence Treatment: Achieving and Maintaining Dryness

Jasmine Schmidt Health Guide
  • The last two weeks I wrote about the first two “phases” of being an individual with incontinence. In this week’s blog – the last in this series – I’m writing about the third phase an individual will enter: treatment or management has been achieved, at least to some degree. Many individuals in this third phase achieve complete or near dryness, and are very satisfied with their new level of continence control. Those individuals are probably not reading this blog. The individuals who are reading this blog have probably achieved some degree of dryness, but management is still necessary, and so they are still seeking further advice, management options, and future treatment breakthroughs.

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    My advice to the phase three-ers of the world is be creative and keep hope alive! It is the individuals in this phase who have sparked the imaginations of biomedical engineers working so hard to develop new and improved products for continence management. Next month the Simon Foundation for Continence hosts the first U.S. meeting specifically geared towards inventing new products and devices for incontinence – Innovating for Continence: The Engineering Challenge. The conference will expose engineers from around the world to the specific and ever-changing needs of individuals with incontinence, and their caregivers.


    Twenty four years ago when the Simon Foundation was first forming absorbent products were not on the drug store or grocery store shelf, nor were commercials for medications for overactive bladder playing during the nightly news.   Today, stores carry an extensive line of incontinence products and devices, numerous medications have been introduced into the marketplace and new surgeries have been developed.

    Innovating for continence is increasing and new hope is on the horizon for new products and devices which are being developed and tested all the time.


    Aside from professionals creating new treatment and management options, time has brought two other gifts for individuals with incontinence: the reduced stigma accompanying this condition, and improved global communication to find support services and education. Although the stigma is still present to some degree, it is certainly lessening to the extent that more individuals are willing to discuss their condition, and consumers can now find education by way of public forums and direct-to-consumer marketing with television and radio commercials.


    The internet has also brought about the opportunity to find education and support in ways never fathomable in the past. The global community allows for collective brainstorming and creativity. What works for you may also work for someone else, and visa versa. So share those ideas with your peers, keep thinking of your ideal solution and share it with the world, and keep hope alive!

Published On: March 31, 2007