At the end of those three days I was feeling a lot better, but the cold was in my chest, making it hard to breathe, so I was exhausted. And I was coughing like crazy. Deep, painful, persistent coughing. Aside from being terribly uncomfortable, my coughs now have a not-so-fun side effect: I pee a little every time. It's especially bad when I first get out of bed in the morning with a full bladder and a chest full of phlegm. I have almost mastered the running to the bathroom, coughing, with my legs held tightly together.
This experience is called Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and is defined as the involuntary loss of urine that occurs when pressure is suddenly placed on your bladder. Like when you are pregnant and the baby kicks, or you decide to trampoline with your kids, or you violently sneeze. What causes it? It happens when the muscles around the urethra become too weak to prevent the leakage of urine from the bladder when pressure (or stress) is placed on it. This often happens with pregnancy, especially after vaginal birth. It can also occur with aging and menopause. I've experienced SUI since my pregnancy, but it has definitely become a more common occurence in the past couple of years. I imagine that's connected to my peri-menopause.
I wouldn't be surprised if many of my female readers experience similar issues. In fact, 1 in 3 Canadian women experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL), of which SUI is one type. Yet, many of us are embarrassed to talk about it, so we don't realise we are all in good company. According to a study by Poise, 72% of Canadian women aged 45-54 who experience SUI feel self-conscious because of it. That study also found that younger women are a bit less self-conscious - 56% of those aged 18-34. I wonder if that has to do with the younger women being more open to talking about the condition? At any rate, I think sharing our experiences helps everyone and allows us to share solutions and treatment options as well. We all win.
Treatment options for SUI range from lifestyle changes like losing weight, to Kegel exercises, physiotherapy, and all the way to surgery. On a daily basis, many of us use absorbent pads to catch our leaks as they happen. A new treatment option is a product that actually works to stop the leaks before they happen - Poise Impressa.
Poise Impressa is a bladder support, inserted into the vagina with an applicator, just like a tampon. It is non-absorbent, and removes easily by pulling on the string. It works by providing support under the urethra, applying physical pressure to stop any potential leaks.
|The core is a flexible, medical-grade silicon, which is covered |
with a soft, non-absorbent polypropylene cover
Impressa comes in 3 sizes, and it's important to use the correct one for you. To get you started, Poise offers a Sizing Kit, containing one support in each of the three sizes. This retails for $9.99. Start with the smallest (Size 1). If it feels comfortable and you experience no leaks, you've found your size. Otherwise move up to try size 2. The size you need will depend on a number of factors, including how much leakage you experience, as well as your height and weight. Poise Impressa can be worn for up to 8 hours, once per 24 hour period. I've been trying it out, and I'll tell you more about my experience in a coming post. Wish me luck!
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Poise Impressa as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary product to facilitate my review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.