A few months ago, we told you about Poise Impressa, a fabulous new way for women with SUI to feel confident while doing the things they love. Sadly, it wasn’t yet available in Canada. As of mid-February, though, that’s all going to change! Poise Impressa is coming to Canada! This is very exciting news for the millions of Canadian women who deal with SUI.
What is SUI & How Does it Affect Canadian Women?
SUI is an acronym for Stress Urinary Incontinence. Basically, it’s the medical terms for when you leak a bit when your bladder gets stressed out. Now, obviously your bladder isn’t stressing over money or that fight you had with your best friend. I’m not talking about that kind of stress! It’s more like pressure.
Imagine a good, deep belly laugh or one of those whole-body sneezes! Your whole abdomen kind of squeezes, right? Well, that puts pressure on your bladder. For women with SUI, that pressure causes light bladder leakage.
Check out this great infographic from Poise Impressa that breaks down the statistics on how SUI affects Canadian women:
One section that really stands out is the emotional and social consequences section. More than half the Canadian women surveyed feel embarrassed or self-conscious at times because of SUI. My friend Mrs. B (she opted to remain anonymous) was one of those women.
Mrs. B. is in her late 30s and has three kids, all under age 10. She leads a very active lifestyle, and she’s always on the go. She loves to laugh with her kids, but often felt like she had to hold back on those deep belly laughs because of her SUI. She began to feel like she was letting it make her lose her great sense of humor! No one should be afraid to laugh.
She tried out the Poise Impressa kit that I received. The sizing kit made it easy for her to find the right level of support that she needed. Poise Impressa comes in three sizes, each with a different level of support.
Start with Size 1 and see how that works. If you feel uncomfortable or still experience leaks, then you go to size 2. The sizes are based on a number of factors, which is why it’s important to start with size 1.
Mrs. B found the Poise Impressa Bladder Supports really easy to use. If you ever used a tampon, you’ll know how to use these. While they’re not tampons, the applicator is shaped similarly. Once in place, the Poise Impressa Bladder Supports place gentle pressure on your urethra, basically closing the gap when pressure is applied, like when you sneeze or laugh hard, so leakage doesn’t occur.
The great thing about the Poise Impressa Bladder Supports is that once in place, you don’t even know that you’re using them. You can use the bathroom as normal, go about your regular busy life and just stop worrying about SUI. You can use one for up to 8 hours in a 24 hour period.
Mrs. B isn’t alone in her praise of Poise Impressa. A whopping 9 out of 10 women who tried it said that it reduced or stopped their bladder leakage and that they would recommend it to others. If you’re dealing with SUI, watch the shelves of your favorite retailer in mid-February so you can pick up your sizing kit and start laughing again!
Do you hold back on any activities because of SUI? What would you do more of if you didn’t have to worry about it?
This post is brought to you by Poise Impressa. All opinions are our own.