Life Without Leaks

Life Without Leaks

Life Without Leaks is brought to you by the National Association for Continence, America's leading advocate for patients with bladder and bowel disorders. We discuss important topics for those living with incontinence, including hints and tips for better management, insights on state-of-the-art medical care and stories offering hope and guidance for those on the path to drier days. Remember, there's no shame in being human.

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February 1, 2023 22 min

In this episode we talk with Dr. Jannah Thompson, board certified urogynecologist and urologist in private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, about a problem that affects millions of women but that very few are familiar with: Pelvic organ prolapse. It's a condition where your pelvic floor organs start to protrude out of your body. Now that might sound frightening, but Dr. Thompson is here to explain why it's not necessaril...

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We all know how important Kegel exercises are for pelvic floor health - they can help prevent or delay the start of leaky episodes, and they can help those who are already living with leaks to get their symptoms under control.

But we also know that Kegels aren't always easy to do - it's hard to work out muscles that you can't see, and who always remembers to keep up with their routine?

That's a problem that Gloria a...

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The symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse can range from a modest degree of pressure  in the pelvic region to organs actually protruding from the body. Fortunately, for many women, prolapse doesn't necessarily require treatment beyond being careful to avoid things like heavy lifting. And for those who do need treatment, there are a number of options available, ranging from physical therapy to outpatient surgery. In today's epis...

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When Mia Abbruzzese discovered that her mother was struggling with incontinence, the entrepreneur in her realized that there had to be better solutions than what her mom was using - something more skin-safe, easier to use and environmentally friendly. Together with wife Alex Fennell, they founded Attn: Grace with the intention of creating something genuinely new in the world of incontinence care products.

Since their launch in 2020...

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September 22, 2022 14 min

On this episode of Life Without Leaks, we talk with Gerri, a 30-something patient who struggled for years with stomach issues before she discovered that she had Chron's disease. In her own words, she shares how she sought out help, the treatments she tried and how she's doing today.

For more information about Chron's disease and other bowel disorders, visit the National Association for Continence online at https://www.na...

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Do you have to see a specialist if you have symptoms of incontinence? What can you do to get the most out of your appointment? Is it helpful or harmful to do your own research online? Today we talk with Dr. Colin Goudelocke, a board-certified urologist who specializes in female urology. He shares helpful insights for those who are just starting to seek care for their bladder issues and for those who may have been looking for suppor...

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If you’re living with incontinence, there’s a good chance that one of your biggest concerns is how to pay for incontinence products – they can be costly, especially for people living on fixed incomes or with low incomes. Depending on the severity of your condition, the type of product you prefer and the number of products you use, you can see costs anywhere from $50 to $400 a month.

In this episode of Life Without Leaks, we discuss...

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Double board certified urogynecologist Dr. Cary Fishburne shares his insights on a range of topics for anyone living with incontinence or pelvic floor dysfunction, including the state of transvaginal mesh implants, antibiotic resistance, how to make the conversation around personal topics easier, and how it's never too late to seek help - including the story of a 104 year old who was able to find relief for her symptoms after b...

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Dr. Toby Chai is the Chief of Urology at Boston Medical Center, professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Boston University School of Medicine, and now the recipient of the NAFC's annual Rodney Appell Continence Care Champion award.

On today's podcast, he discusses some common misconceptions about what urologists do and who they serve, the obstacles that insurance providers can create for patients, why "cure&#...

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When it comes to controlling bladder leaks, innovation has often been lacking - there haven't been all that many advances beyond behavior modification, dietary changes and Kegel exercises to help you stay dry. At least until now!

Technology is increasingly coming to the rescue, with a number of new devices hitting the market that have the real promise of improving your symptoms. One of the most intriguing of these is the Leva Pe...

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Overactive Bladder - also known as OAB - affects roughly 33 million Americans. While it may not be life-threatening, it can be life-altering. It's symptoms include a frequent and urgent need to use the restroom, waking up several times at night to urinate, and sometimes leakage. It's most common in women, but OAB can also affect men.

The good news is that OAB can be treated, and in this 2-part series, we discuss causes, tre...

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Overactive Bladder - also known as OAB - affects roughly 33 million Americans. While it may not be life-threatening, it can be life-altering. It's symptoms include a frequent and urgent need to use the restroom, waking up several times at night to urinate, and sometimes leakage. It's most common in women, but OAB can also affect men.

The good news is that OAB can be treated, and in this 2-part series, we discuss causes, trea...

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For a lot of people with incontinence, rather than trying to find a true cure for their condition, the best way to treat things is with management. There’s physical therapy and Kegel exercises and lifestyle changes, all of which can make a big difference, but the go-to solution for millions of people is to use some form of absorbent product. 

But as anyone who’s been looking for adult diapers knows, it’s not all that easy to find th...

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April 28, 2022 31 min

In this episode of Life Without Leaks, we discuss the state of incontinence management and treatment today with Steve Gregg, the executive director of the National Association for Incontinence.

For more information about the National Association for Continence, visit us online at NAFC.org

Music: Rainbows Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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