Poise® Impressa® Bladder Supports are specifically designed to support a woman's urethra to help prevent bladder leaks before they happen. Impressa® is a unique option for women who experience Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). While Impressa® is revolutionary, it's based on a concept that has been trusted for years: the pessary. A pessary is a device used to support vaginal and pelvic organ prolapse as well as the uterus, bladder, and rectum. It can also be used to help SUI on a small scale, but is primarily meant to act as a general support system for the pelvic organs. While Impressa® clearly has roots in the pessary concept, its specific design is directed at the urethra only and provides hammock-like support. This progression makes it a revolutionary disposable option for women with SUI.
Pessaries, in one rudimental form or another, have been in use for over a thousand years, dating back to before the Middle Ages. Their purpose has always been to help reduce the effects of pelvic prolapse. In its contemporary form, they are mainly recommended for women who have pelvic organs collapse after childbirth, who are awaiting surgery to permanently treat the prolapse issue, or those who are not candidates for surgical procedures. Poise® Impressa® Bladder Supports are a natural progression from the pessary, but they're focused entirely on the urethra and urethral support. Impressa® is a unique and effective option for stress urinary incontinence that is effective and easy to use with very few side effects. The supports are disposable and meant to be used only one time. Impressa® can be bought over the counter without a prescription from your doctor (although you may choose to speak to your doctor to find out of Impressa® is the right choice for you). With an applicator shaped like a tampon applicator, the design is familiar and will quickly feel like a part of your daily routine. Unlike a tampon, Impressa® does not absorb leaks; it helps stop them before they happen.
In short, Impressa® is an evolution of the pessary that offers a specialized and unique option for women with stress urinary incontinence. This allows women to resume their usual activities and regain their freedom.