Let’s face it, bladder control is not a topic we tend to discuss much with others. I’m a nurse and although the rational side of me knows stress incontinence happens to many women, including me, I have never really had a frank discussion about bladder control problems with anyone.
I’m not sure why we don’t talk more openly about bladder control issues. We’re definitely not alone. “Stress incontinence affects nearly 50 percent of women who have had children by the age of 40”* and stress incontinence and overactive bladder are highly pervasive, even in younger women.
Stress incontinence does happen, it has happened to me and it could happen to you. It is a medical problem and nearly everyone can be helped. We don’t have to suffer in silence.
Wondering if Poise Impressa Bladder supports are right for you? You may be surprised to learn that not all bladder leaks are created equal.
Answer the following questions to find out if Poise Impressa Bladder supports are right for you:
- A.) Do you leak urine when you laugh, cough, dance, sneeze or exercise?
- B.) Do you leak urine when you have a SUDDEN need or rush to urinate?
If you answered YES to question “A”, you leak urine when you laugh, cough, dance, sneeze or exercise, this is called Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and Impressa Bladder Supports are for you!
If you answered YES to question “B”, you have a SUDDEN need to rush to urinate, then Impressa Bladder Supports are NOT for you! This is called Urge Urinary Incontinence (UUI) and Poise® Pads & Liners would be the choice for you.
If you have both kinds of Urine Leaks (Mixed Incontinence), this product is also NOT for you!
If you answered YES to question “A” MEET IMPRESSA!
SIMPLE & FAMILIAR
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.
SOFT, FLEXIBLE & AVAILABLE IN THREE SIZES
Designed for comfort, Impressa Bladder Supports are made of soft, flexible silicone enclosed in a non-absorbent covering. They come in three sizes to help you easily find the most effective and comfortable fit. To discard it, simply throw it in the trash.
Poise Impressa Bladder Supports, is truly a revolutionary new product which is designed to help stop your leaks before they happen.
Watch this short video to learn more about Poise Impressa and get answers to some common questions.
Despite the prevalence of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and its impact on quality of life, up until now, treatment options have remained largely unchanged and were not effective for all consumers.
Now, Poise Impressa Bladder Supports offer a new, proactive management solution to those living with SUI – a common type of incontinence that happens when one involuntarily leaks urine after pressure is suddenly placed on the bladder.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to ask Dr. Jennifer Berman some questions related to Poise Impressa Bladder Supports. I think you will find her answers very interesting.
You may recognize Dr. Berman as a recurring co-host on the Emmy award-winning talk show, “The Doctors,” and she is also a practicing urologist with specialized training in female urology and female sexual medicine. (See Dr. Berman’s complete biography below)
Q: Do I need a prescription from my physician for the Poise Impressa Bladder Support? **
A: You don’t need a prescription from your physician to use Poise Impressa Bladder Supports. Poise Impressa Bladder Supports are an over-the-counter option that can be inserted into the vagina, like a tampon, and place pressure on the urethra which helps stop urine from leaking out.
Q: Are the Poise Impressa Bladder Supports useful for all types of bladder leakage? **
A: Poise Impressa Bladder Supports are designed to help women who have SUI. You should only use Poise Impressa Bladder Supports if you leak urine when you laugh, cough, dance, sneeze or exercise. You should not use this product if you find that you have a sudden need or rush to urinate.
Q: How long can the Poise Impressa Bladder Supports stay inserted? **
A: Poise Impressa Bladder Supports can be safely worn for up to eight hours in a 24-hour period.
Q: Should I remove the Poise Impressa Bladder Support if I need to urinate? **
A: Women can use the bathroom normally without removing the Poise Impressa Bladder Support.
Q: What if I have allergies to some man-made fibers? Will Poise Impressa Bladder Supports be safe to use? **
A: The Impressa Bladder Support core is made from flexible, medical-grade silicone, surrounded with a soft, non-absorbent polypropylene covering to help make insertion and removal easy. Each bladder support comes in a smooth plastic applicator and has a polyester and rayon string, if you are allergic to any of the materials used to make this product it is not recommended to use it.
Q: How will I know if the size I have selected is right for me? **
A: To find the perfect fit, it’s important to begin with the Poise Impressa Bladder Supports Sizing Kit. Use Size 1 first. If it feels comfortable and there is little or no urine leakage, then Size 1 is right. If the product does not feel comfortable or if there is still leakage, continue to the next larger size until you find the size that is most comfortable.
Q: Will there be any urine leakage around the support? Should I still wear a panty liner or pad? **
A: Poise Impressa Bladder Supports are designed to give you a convenient and comfortable way to help stop your leaks from happening once the right size is found.
Q: Are there any contraindications for the use of Poise Impressa Bladder Support? **
A: Poise Impressa Bladder Supports are not contraindicated with other vaginal medication, but they should not be worn with a tampon.
Q: Do I need to worry about Toxic Shock Syndrome? **
A: There is currently no association between Toxic Shock Syndrome and use of Poise Impressa Bladder Supports, and the risk is considered to be no greater than it is for other nonabsorbent vaginal devices.
Q: Are there any untold signs or symptoms of using Poise Impressa that I should be aware of?
A: Poise Impressa is safe and effective. The main side effects reported can be some slight irritation which resolves and vaginal spotting, which also resolves. There are no other untold risks or side effects to using Poise Impressa.
Q: How do I insert the Poise Impressa Bladder Support? Is it similar to inserting a tampon? **
A: The Poise Impressa Bladder Support is easily inserted into the vagina with an applicator, similar to inserting a tampon.
Q: Can I use the Poise Impressa Bladder Support if I have my period?
A: You should not use a Poise Impressa Bladder Support with any internal feminine hygiene product during your menstrual cycle.
Q: Is the Poise Impressa Bladder Support a good alternative to surgery?
A: The Poise Impressa Bladder Support is an alternative to surgery that is safe and effective with similar efficacy. However, it’s not a treatment. It’s an interim solution for Stress Urinary Incontinence symptoms.
Q: Once inserted, will I be able to feel the Poise Impressa Bladder Support? Will it be uncomfortable? **
A: Poise Impressa Bladder Supports are designed to give you a convenient and comfortable way to help stop your leaks from happening. When Poise Impressa Bladder Supports are used properly, it may feel like you are not using anything at all.
Q: How should I dispose of the Poise Impressa Bladder Support? **
A: After removing the Poise Impressa Bladder Support, you can discard it in the waste bin. You should not reuse the product or flush it down the toilet.
JENNIFER BERMAN, M.D.
Dr. Jennifer Berman is a recurring co-host on the Emmy award-winning talk show, “The Doctors,” and a practicing urologist with specialized training in female urology and female sexual medicine.
Dr. Berman made a unique choice to enter the field of urology, which has been dominated by males for a long time. Her interest in the field, however, has led to her now being considered America’s leading expert on women’s sexual health issues, having pioneered clinical research studies on the physiology of female sexual function and dysfunction, and the medical therapies for female sexual function complaints.
She first became known to TV viewers for her award-winning television series on Discovery Health, “Berman & Berman,” which she co-hosted with her sister, Dr. Laura Berman. Dr. Berman has gone on to appear as an authority on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Good Morning America,” the “Today Show,” CNBC, CNN, America’s Health Network and both local and national affiliates for NBC and ABC News, in addition to radio programs nationwide, and several leading publications.
Dr. Berman is also the co-author of the New York Times best seller “For Women Only: A Revolutionary Guide to Overcoming Sexual Dysfunction and Reclaiming Your Sex Life” and “Secrets of the Sexually Satisfied Woman: Ten Keys to Unlocking Ultimate Pleasure.”
Dr. Berman received her Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland Medical Center and her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her post-graduate urology residency training at the University of Maryland and received specialized fellowship training in Female Urology and Female Pelvic Floor Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA Medical Center. She was an assistant professor of urology at the UCLA Medical Center and co-founded the Female Sexual Medicine Center at UCLA in 2001, serving as its director.
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* Information obtained from Poise Impressa ~ Bladder Incontinence Myths
** Answer pulled from media materials
What do you think? Are Poise® Impressa Bladder Supports a product you would use for your Stress Urinary Incontinence?