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The truth is that SUI affects 1-in-3 Canadian women, meaning chances are you, your mom, aunt, sister, friend or someone you know does or has experienced it at some point in their lives and may be too embarrassed to talk about it. It’s sad really because there are solutions. The product is Poise Impressa Bladder Supports. Unlike other management tools on the market; which simply absorb leaks, Poise Impressa actually stops leaks from happening in the first place! The product is inserted into the vagina (like a tampon) and places pressure on the urethra to help stop leaks without obstructing urinary flow – allowing women to use the bathroom normally without removing it. You can use it for up to 8 hours in a 24 hour period, every day, and can be worn at any time of the day or night. Take it in: Impressa Bladder Supports are inserted and removed the same way as a tampon, but work very differently. Impressa does not absorb leaks — it helps stop them from happening! Pretty neat, right? It’s designed for comfort, and is made of soft, flexible silicone enclosed in a non-absorbent covering. It comes in three sizes to help you easily find the most effective and comfortable fit. To discard it, simply throw it in the trash. Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) 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. Stress is put on the bladder when coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising or lifting and can result in some leakage. SUI often happens to women after vaginal childbirth or as a result of menopause or aging. Impressa Bladder Supports are designed specifically for women with Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) symptoms — meaning they leak urine when they laugh, cough, sneeze, dance, or exercise. If you have Urge Urinary Incontinence (UUI) — or a sudden need or rush to urinate — or experience both kinds of urine leaks (Mixed Urinary Incontinence), Impressa is NOT for you.
What is so Unique About Impressa Bladder Supports?
-Impressa is available over the counter — you can purchase it at the store or online without a prescription from your health care provider.
-Impressa is non-surgical and easy to use — you can insert and remove it yourself.
-Impressa is soft and flexible (made from flexible, medical-grade silicone)— which helps with easy insertion and comfort while you wear it.
-Impressa is disposable — that means no worrying about washing the bladder support; just remove it and throw it in the trash. Do not flush the bladder support.
-The smooth plastic applicator has a rounded tip for comfortable insertion.
-Once inserted, the soft, flexible bladder support adjusts to provide the gentle support you need.
I tried discovering what my size might be; however, I experienced dryness and mild discomfort. Unfortunately, I don’t think I gave this product a valid effort because I only tried twice. There are only 2 of each size in the Sizing Kit. Perhaps I didn’t insert it properly? Symptoms, like what I experienced, typically do not last more than 14 days. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should remove the bladder support immediately and consult your health care provider:
*Small blood spots on the product
I think this might be the product of the year! Even if I didn’t fully experience the full benefits, I believe (if a comfortable fitting is achieved) Impressa could provide many women the freedom to breathe, and to live life once more! I plan on trying Impressa again.
NOTE: available nationwide mid-February 2016
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