Dedication to living a more sustainable life can start from unexpected places. Like pelvic health!
Here’s why: Incontinence is expensive. And expense means resources.
It’s expensive for our nation:
According to the Journal of Obstetrics
“Five percent of incontinent people were assumed to have been diagnosed and treated.
I'm going to break down raw, average costs. Some people’s insurances may cover these things. But with deductibles and copays higher and higher every day, I figured it’d be more realistic to break things down this way:
Estimates are based on US data and dollars
(150x 5 visits. Most people need an average of 5 appointments with a PT).
Depending on the severity of incontinence, anywhere from $20-$200 a month.
Think about the cost of what you pay for diapers now for 1-4 years. Then expand that for 22.54+ years. This study says the cost of incontinence starts ramping up when women reach 56 years old. The average lifespan for women in the US 78.54 (that’s where the 22.54 years comes from.)
Pads, diapers, and hygiene products are mostly plastic-based supplies. These are manufactured and delivered to your local convenience store. Tampons were first used in the United States in the 1930s. More than 70% of American women now use them. They are manufactured all over the world.
Think about the time and gas money to get to various doctor appointments.
Flushed from commodes and toilet paper. I don’t even know how to calculate that!
That’s more water, soap, and electricity.
The national average monthly cost of a nursing home is $7,756 or anywhere from $93,000-$105,000 a year.
There are 166.7 million women in just the United States alone. Then that’s (1.8 x 10)12 tampons into the landfill. The cotton part of tampons takes at least 6 months to biodegrade. and In the meantime, they often clog waterways and harm wildlife.
Adult diapers are 3 times more present in landfills than children’s diapers. 17.5 million tons of garbage are adult diapers, making it the third-largest consumer item in U.S. landfills.
Disposable diapers have plenty of chemicals in them that adversely affect the environment. Here are just a few:
A biocide is used to prevent the growth of bacteria. It’s poisonous to marine life as well as humans. It damages fertility, unborn children, and our organs. TBT can be fatal if inhaled and doesn’t degrade. TBT remains in our ecosystem and is entering our food chain.
A group of persistent organic pollutants. The bleaching process used on diaper material creates dioxins as a by-product. They’re carcinogenic and linked to long-term health problems. Dioxins are highly toxic, according to the EPA.
The absorbent stuff. Menstrual pads with this compound have been linked to cases of toxic shock syndrome.
Like toluene, xylene, ethylbenzene, and dipentene. They’re used to produce dyes, polymers, and adhesives. When exposed to heat, they quickly release into the air.
In the 1940s, Dr. Arnold Kegel was the first doctor in history (yes, it’s shocking that it took that long!) to systematically research the female pelvic floor anatomy concerning inconvenience and how to prevent it.
He conducted an 18-year study. He researched the pelvic floor, in a movement we now call by his last name, the Kegel. Amazingly, he found that women who had anywhere from mild to moderate incontinence who performed daily pelvic floor muscle activation were able to “cure” their incontinence. It has a 93% success rate! That’s why performing Kegels is still considered a gold standard method.
When done properly it’s effective!
It’s a one-time cost. It’s silicone, and, once you get used to inserting it, pretty comfortable. You can swim with one in. To keep it clean, you boil for 2-3 minutes. It's fascinating to learn how much your period will cost you over a lifetime.
Here’s a link to some reviews.
This little under-the-commode stool puts your anorectal angle in the correct place. Essentially, you aren't trying to go number two with a kinked colon. Think about how the pressure builds up in a water hose). The repetitive pressure over time can contribute to constipation, prolapse, and incontinence.
Read more about the 7 best adult cloth diaper options.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or thoughts!
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