One Less Stress While Living with Multiple Sclerosis

by Mandy Harrell

Urinary incontinence is one of those things many people aren’t comfortable talking about. The hush-hush issue is rarely discussed publicly despite its frequency, including an estimated 80 percent of people with multiple sclerosis who deal with incontinence on a daily basis. If that’s you, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 30 million Americans currently live with some level of urinary incontinence. In addition to MS, this includes women who have birthed multiple children, senior citizens, men with prostate cancer and people with health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, strokes, epilepsy or bladder, urinary tract or pelvic cancers.

According to studies, people with MS who live with incontinence can have 30 or more episodes of incontinence per week. Despite the prevalence, the topic is black listed from most conversations. As a result, many people don’t know about all the available solutions, and for years have turned to adult diapers thinking it’s the only option.

The term “diaper” alone can significantly affect someone’s pride, not to mention the discomfort of wearing a plastic garment. So, now’s the time to have the conversation and understand other options that can keep your dignity and comfort.

The Wearever brand’s women’s panties and men’s briefs look and feel just like traditional underwear but offer the absorbent protection needed for those living with incontinence – just as well as adult diapers. Its innovative Unique-driTM sewn-in pad works through a three-layer design: the top layer lets liquid in; the middle layer moves liquid out to the edges of the fabric, wicking it away so it doesn’t pool and, therefore, resists bacteria growth and odor; and the urethane bottom layer prevents leak through so that the moisture is contained within the undergarment.

Wearever undergarments are easy-case machine washable, so they are reusable and last as long as a traditional pair of underwear. The women’s line even has stylish solutions like women’s lace panties or shapewear that helps smooth a woman’s midsection. Even better: Wearever products are also less expensive than the alternative, saving the average user nearly $500 a year compared to adult diapers.

In addition to the style, comfort and affordability benefits, the incontinence aid is also much better for the environment compared to adult diapers. Since the average wearer uses approximately 1,100 to 1,500 adult diapers each year, multiplied by millions of wearers across the country, billions of adult diapers are added to our trash heaps every year. As such, these disposable diapers are now the third largest consumer item in United States landfills, making up 17.5 million tons of garbage and 7 percent of all of the nation’s landfill waste. This number is staggering, especially when compared to infant diapers, which make up only 2 percent of landfills.

The eco-friendly issue is made more confusing as adult diapers are sometimes labeled biodegradable. However, not even biodegradable diapers break down in a landfill according to the California Integrated Waste Management Board. It can actually take up to 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose. Not only that, research from Natural-Environment.com showed that more than 82,000 tons of plastic and 250,000 trees are used to make disposable diapers each year.

It can’t be disputed: adult diapers are bad for the environment.

Since Wearever products are reusable and last as long as a traditional pair of underwear, a week’s worth of Wearever incontinence undergarments contribute zero waste over the course of a year. Compared to adult diapers, that’s billions saved from the landfill.

So, in spite of attempts to keep the topic under wraps, now is the time to consider the ultimate life changing alternative like Wearever underwear.  The option unknown by so many is simple: real underwear made especially for those with light, moderate or heavy urinary incontinence. Wearever is your more comfortable, affordable, stylish and eco-friendly solutio

About the author: 

Mandy Harrell is the brand manager for Wearever which offers comfortable, quality, affordable and stylish apparel solutions for everyday health and wellness concerns. The men’s and women’s underwear line of washable, reusable urinary incontinence panties and briefs is especially beneficial for active individuals who want to continue their normal lifestyle without worry or emotional stress resulting from urinary incontinence. To learn more, visit WeareverUS.com.

Linda

About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created MSrelief.com. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

12 Comments:

  1. I leave a comment when I appreciate a post on a blog or I
    have something to valuable to contribute to the discussion.
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    • Layne~
      Like you, I’d love to chat on Facebook! If you look on the far right of our home page you’ll see a list of ‘Follow Us’ buttons and you can head right there!
      ~Linda

  2. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in March of 2007 and incontinence is something I had to learn to live with at the age of 35. It was very difficult. It initially star ted with light incontinence and eventually became full loss. Bladder loss has caused me to suffer anxiety about leaving the house because of the “what if’s”. If having this disease and incontinence wasnt enough, Having to climb into bed wearing a pull up or diaper was so much worse. It affected my husband and myself’s relationship. I was very embarressed to have to wear this and always having to wear a pad during the day. It makes noises, (scrunching sound) it also is very bulky and I wanted nothing to do with cuddling.

    About 3 weeks ago my shipment of 3 different Wearever Panties were delivered. I was skeptical… The minute I pulled them out and looked at them, my eyes teared up. These are amazing and feminine. They are amazing! It is so wonderful to be able to have the security that I am fully protected yet I can cuddle with my husband without any hesitation or scrunchy paper sounds as I walk. For any Man or Woman suffering from any type of incontinence, dont let it take your dignity away or keep you trapped and afraid to leave the house or be around people. Place your order and you will get themvery fast and discretely. You will not be let down Let me just add that the price obviously is going to be more than regular underwear but if you can eliminate the depends, diapers, and all different absorbencies of pads. You will be saving tons of money no time at all. Please, I cant stress this enough… If you or someone you know/love has a problem with incontinence, dont wait any longer. These will change your life. No, let me change that. IT WILL GIVE YOU YOUR LIFE BACK.

    • Tara,
      I thank you for sharing! I’m glad you found something to help make life easier while living through this dreaded disease! I totally empathize with you, incontinence is the ultimate embarrassment! I look forward to seeing more of you! I have to get over to your blogspot!
      ~Linda

      • Thank You, Linda! I really like this site. You did a very good job and would love to help if there is anything you could you could use some help with. I started a few Support groups online (FB) and I will recommend and share a link to this site. Have a Great rest of the day!

  3. This is a very frustrating illness. Especially when you’re on a vacation. Maybe those adult diapers are not such a bad idea after all. It will definitely come in handy for those people who suffers from this illness.

    • Piper,
      Yes, it’s like I always say, incontinence is the ultimate embarrassment living with MS! I hope the adult underwear will help some people!
      ~Linda

  4. Hi Linda do You something about LDN low doses of NALTROXENE cause. Many
    People is use this thersphy and feel so well
    Thanks for You attention
    Regards Arturo

    • Arturo~
      I’m sorry I missed this comment we back in February! I have tried LND, unfortunately it didn’t help me at all. Not a surprise really, MS affects everybody differently and treatments work differently for everyone also. I’m glad that it’s a great therapy for you and that you feel so well!

      That was one of the reasons we created MS relief.com, so that we could share everybody’s successes.

  5. Urinary incontinence is not a problem only in US, but almost all over the world. According to a research almost 60% of all the elders in the world are suffering from this problem. More than 70% of the people who are suffering from incontinence do not tell anyone about their problems. The main reason of the existence of incontinence is lack of knowledge and inspiration.

    • Jack~
      I agree, incontinence is so embarrassing! Without learning how to manage it, people avoid leaving the house!
      ~Linda

  6. Its an amazing article.I really love it. Women’s panties and man’s briefs look and feel just like traditional underwear.Thanks for your wonderful article!!!

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