It seems there’s an app for everything today, and yes, there are various apps for incontinence. As with all things in the app store, some are better than others.
This is an app that helps you find restrooms in North America. The app currently sports a 4.7 out of 5.0 rating in Apple’s App Store. One of the knocks against it is that it shows businesses with bathrooms in your vicinity, but there’s no guarantee that those bathrooms will be available to the public.
In our opinion, Got to Go is nice to have in emergencies, but shouldn’t be used as a solution to incontinence.
Vesica calls itself a voiding diary (aka a bladder diary). It is designed to help you keep track of your fluid consumption as well as your voiding habits. We think that keeping a bladder diary is generally a great idea as it helps you understand your own bladder habits better. Vesica generates a PDF of its electronic diary that you can send to your doctor. Vesica is only available for Apple devices. It gets a 4.4 rating on the App Store.
Available for Android and Apple devices, iUFlow is an app that works with a separate device that fits over the toilet bowl to measure your urination. The automatic reporting helps increase compliance, but you have to manually enter your bladder activity when you’re not at home, which we think could be a problem for a lot of people. It sports a 4.4 rating on the Google Play store.
We’re a bit biased, but we think the best solution is the one we developed. We’re happy that a lot of people agree: DFree was named the Best Digital Health and Fitness Product at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show!
Available for Android and Apple mobile devices – DFree Personal is a companion app for DFree, the world’s first wearable device designed to help manage incontinence. Unlike the other apps listed above, DFree requires the wearable device for the app to work.
DFree is completely different than a bladder diary app. It has a small sensor that is worn over the bladder area. Using ultrasound, it monitors how full your bladder is and sends alerts to the mobile app.
“The app is very easy to use,” says Ty Takayanagi, our VP of Marketing for Triple W.
“At a glance, DFree lets you see how full your bladder is and helps you quickly learn when your body needs to go to the bathroom.”
You can set the app to send an alert to remind you to use the bathroom based on your preferences and tendencies. If you tend to feel the need to urinate when your bladder is 50 percent full, then you can set an alarm to notify you when it’s at 40 per cent.
“The DFree app gives people who suffer from urinary incontinence more peace of mind,” said Takaynagi. “It is a tool that helps them manage their condition. It provides dignity, but it also teaches people how to manage their condition while learning more about the rhythms of their own bodies.”
Urinary incontinence is a condition that affects hundreds of millions of people around the world and more than 25 million in the United States alone.
People of any age can suffer from incontinence, but it becomes more common as we age. DFree is still relatively new as an incontinence wearable device and app. It is currently being tested in long-term care facilities in Japan and the United States where it is showing extremely positive results.