Urinary incontinence, unbeknownst to many, is a widespread and extremely common condition across all genders, but especially in women. Urinary incontinence (in all its forms) is generally reported by 25-45% of women. It will often go unreported for an extended period of time due to embarrassment or fear of broaching the subject with their physicians and loved ones. Incontinence should not be swept under the rug, as it is a common and treatable condition that can put a significant damper on quality of life if ignored.
Urinary incontinence, by definition, is the loss of bladder control. Women most often experience incontinence from pregnancy or menopause. Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is the involuntary leakage of urine from physical activity or exertion; this may include jumping, laughing coughing, sneezing, or exercise. Urge Incontinence or Overactive Bladder typically occurs due to a neurological condition and/or disruption of the nerve communication to the bladder.
There are several at-home and medical office treatments that tackle the specific symptoms and causes of incontinence right at its source. Poise® Impressa®, for instance, works to diminish Stress Urinary Incontinence by helping stopleaks before they can even occur. The over-the-counter vaginal support inserts into the vagina, supporting the urethra and blocking potential leaks without preventing the ability for regular urination. I am very excited about this new option for women suffering from Stress Urinary Incontinence because it is non-invasive, doesn’t require a doctor’s office visit, and it works! Like a tampon, it might take wearing Impressa a few times for your body to adjust to a comfortable fit. Click the link here for an introduction video to Poise® Impressa®, which reiterates just how easy and effective this product can be for all SUI sufferers.
Urinary incontinence can be anywhere from a mild annoyance to a serious quality of life issue. It is often a natural process of aging and female bodily progression, meaning that it should never be a source of shame. For these reasons, it is particularly important to talk to your primary care physician about any concerns you may have as soon as it happens no matter how minor the case may be.