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.