It is unbelievable how a simple sneeze, cough or laugh can become a nuisance for many women who go through problems with the pelvic floor muscles, such as incontinence. It has been scientifically demonstrated that a striking 45% of women are affected by this condition, which can be mild or severe.
Before the many advances in respect to pelvic floor muscle problems, women had very limited alternatives to avoid urine dribbling and other such embarrassing situations. Basically, the only choices available were absorbent items such as protective pads, panty liners and pessaries (plastic item positioned into the vagina) which provide support to the neck of the bladder, adult diapers, and surgery.
Women can now opt for a new product, which can be obtained over the counter at any store. These new devices are very similar to a tampon, and they are known as bladder supports. Bladder supports come in an applicator that looks very similar to a tampon, but instead of being permeable, it contains an articulated silicone composition and a non-absorbing polypropylene covering. This device has been designed to prevent urine leakage in situations such as exercising, laughing, coughing, sneezing and when inside the vagina, this bladder support expands to sustain the urethra.
When excessive strain is put on the bladder during activities like working out, this device pushes itself to the wall of the vagina maintaining the urethra closed and avoiding any urine dribbling. One important aspect worth mentioning about this device is that it does not need to be removed whenever you feel the need to use the toilet. This item has been intelligently manufactured to remain in its place even if you urinate or defecate since it does not interfere with any of these processes.
Because of their convenience and the fact that they do not require any punctures or incisions of the skin, bladder supports are a great option instead of surgery. They are easily inserted and can be worn whenever required. Bladder supports are also the perfect choice for those women who enjoy leading a physically active lifestyle but dread going through a surgical intervention. These items provide all the support needed to prevent any urine dribbling accidents.
Bladder supports are worth trying and do not pose any risk to women. But like all vaginally-applied products, extra care should be taken when wearing them since there is always a minor possibility of Toxic Shock Syndrome, which is a disruption caused by bacterial infection. Wearing them for 8 hours every day would be the safest recommendation. Make sure to follow all the instructions provided to avoid any inconveniences.
These devices can also be used as a complement to other urinary incontinence treatments such as pelvic floor muscle exercises or any other form of physical therapy, to alleviate weakened pelvic muscles. Devices should be taken off while carrying out any of these activities, but there won’t be any interference between the two things. Specialists also emphasize the fact that incontinence medication, nutrition and daily habits should be taken into consideration when suffering from this condition, since what goes into our bodies tends to affect our health in a very notorious way.
Before purchasing bladder supports, there are some important things to remember:
- Bladder supports are not recommended for women who suffer severe incontinence.
- Bladder supports are very similar to tampons; however, they are not highly absorbent, so they are not meant to be used during menstrual cycles.
- Women who do not feel at ease wearing vaginally-applied products should not opt for bladder supports.
- Bladder supports need to be changed periodically to avoid any health inconveniences.
- If a vaginal or urinary tract infection is suspected, please do not consider using these devices.
- Do not wear a bladder support if you are pregnant.
Remember that if you are uncertain as to which bladder support is the best for you, do not hesitate to talk to your doctor for advice. As mentioned before, you must have in mind that supports are not designed for all types of incontinence. This device works better for those cases when a simple laugh, sneeze, coughing, or exercise movement, causes urine dribbling. But it wouldn’t be the best option for stress, urge or overflow incontinence.