Stress Unitary Incontinence (SUI). What is it? SUI happens when pressure is placed onto the bladder, causing the involuntary leak of urine. Did you know that 1-in-3 Canadian women keep quiet about this condition and that it impacts on their quality of life? SUI makes some women feel ashamed for having to constantly worry about whether they are going to leak at an inopportune moment. There are different treatment options available for SUI, but some of them are not effective for all consumers to use. Poise*Impressa* realizes the problems women living with SUI experience and are offering a new over-the-counter option that’s giving women their freedom and confidence back to help against involuntary leaks last month: Bladder Supports.
How does it work?
Poise*Impressa* Bladder Supports work like a tampon. It is inserted into the vagina with an applicator to place pressure on the urethra to help stop leaks. It is removed by pulling on the string attached to the bladder support. This product gives tension-free sub-urethral support whenever pressure is transferred from the abdomen to the pelvic floor. It can be worn for up to eight hours in a 24-hour period and women can use the washroom normally without having to removing this product.
Since women experience different levels of SUI, Poise*Impressa* Bladder Supports are available in three sizes to help respond to stress as needed. It is recommended to start off with Size 1 to get use to the product. If this size is comfortable and little or no leaks occur, then this is the correct size. If it is not comfortable or it is does not provide the right amount of protection against leaks, then try the next larger size until the right one is found.
The results of a consumer use study among women with severe SUI who used Poise*Impressa* Bladder Supports over a 28-day period for 8 hours a day found that many of them liked using this product. Here are some of the responses they received:
• 85% of women found Poise* Impressa* Bladder Supports comfortable
• 9 of 10 women said their bladder leakage was reduced or stopped
• 9 of 10 women would recommend Poise* Impressa* Bladder Supports to a friend or family member.
Dr. Jennifer Berman is a leading expert on women’s sexual issues and is a co-host of the Emmy® Award-winning talk show The Doctors. Dr. Berman also experiences SUI and uses Poise*Impressa* herself. She was in Toronto in February 2016 to conduct interviews on various topics, one of them being SUI and the stigma around it.
Here are some of the answers she provided Ottawa Mommy Club from the questions we asked:
Q: What is the main cause for SUI? *
A: Many factors cause incontinence. One of the most common is aging and menopause. When a woman’s hormone levels decline, the support structures of her bladder and urethra tend to stretch and weaken, which cause leaks to occur. Carrying a baby to term can weaken the pelvic floor muscles and lead to incontinence. Having a baby can also affect the bladder and urethra.
Q: What are the management options to help with SUI?
A: The management options to help with Stress Urinary Incontinence would be surgical intervention, pelvic floor exercises or the Poise Impressa product.
Q: How does Poise Impressa improve lives?
A: The benefit of Poise Impressa is that it gives women freedom to live their lives the way that they wish to live them and enjoy them. Women can engage in the activities that they want without fear of losing control of urine so they can go through life and their daily activities with ease, facility and lack of fear.
Q: What makes Poise Impressa protect against leaks better than similar products?
A: There are no similar over-the-counter products available, and Poise Impressa functions in the same way that a surgical sling would in that it anatomically supports the urethra during times of stress.
Q: At what stage in life does SUI occur for most women?
A: Stress Urinary Incontinence can effect women in all stages of life from their 20s all the way up to their 80s depending on what’s going on in their lives — from Postpartum to Menopause, women will experience Stress Incontinence.
So if you or some you know experiences SUI and are looking for another option to stop involuntary leakage, then give Poise* Impressa* Bladder Supports a try! It may be the solution you were looking for to live life freer and be more confident.
This post is sponsored by Poise. Thoughts and opinions are my own.