Finess stops urine from leaking by creating a seal over the urethra (the opening where urine passes out of your bladder).
Pads absorb and hold urine after it’s leaked out. Finess doesn’t absorb urine. It stops it from leaking out.
Yes – Finess is the first and the most clinically tested bladder leakage solution cleared by the FDA for consumer use. In a multicenter clinical study1 over 350 women used Finess for over 30,000 use days. Using multiple measures, Finess was demonstrated to provide women a significant reduction in leakage episodes and volume, and significant improvements in women’s perception of the severity of their incontinence and in their overall quality-of-life.
1 Brubaker et al, “The External Urethral Barrier for Stress Incontinence: A Multicenter Trial for Safety and Efficacy”, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vol. 93, No. 6.
In the clinical study, Finess was demonstrated to be very safe. Finess is made using materials that have a proven history of use in medical devices. The foam body is made from a material used in a number of medical applications in contact with sensitive tissue, including wound dressings. The principal component of the hydrogel adhesive is also used in other devices such as contact lenses and in permanent medical implants.
Some women may feel Finess. Most women, however, are unaware of it because the soft, flexible foam material makes it very comfortable to wear. The Instructions for Use enclosed with each package of Finess explain what to do if you feel any discomfort using Finess.
Yes it is. In the clinical study women wore Finess every day for 90 days, for an average of over nine hours each day.
Finess comes in one size only, which fits nearly all women.
That depends on how you choose to use it. In the clinical study women made Finess their primary source of protection from leakage throughout most of the day, and used an average of four. You may choose to use it less frequently, for particular periods of time when you feel you are at a higher risk of a leak or when being discreet about leak protection is really important. After using Finess for a couple weeks you’re likely to figure out where and when it works best for you.
Finess is designed for use by women with SUI. It is not for women with urge incontinence, sometimes also referred to as Overactive Bladder (“OAB”). Some women have both SUI and urge incontinence, and this is referred to as mixed incontinence. For some of these women, Finess may provide some reduction of their leakage episodes or give them added confidence that they can make it to the bathroom before involuntarily urinating.
You don’t have to insert Finess anywhere – you simply place it over your urethral opening. Here’s how:
Complete instructions and illustrations are packaged with each box of Finess. After you’ve placed Finess a few times it should become very quick and easy.
Using a mirror, locate your vagina (birth canal). The urethra is usually located just above the vagina and below the clitoris. You may also find it helpful to use a fingertip to feel for the urethra. However, due to differences in anatomy, not all women will be able to locate their urethra or use Finess.
No – Finess is placed over your urethral opening, which is just in front of your vaginal opening.
Some women may feel Finess. Most women, however, are unaware of it because the soft, flexible, foam material makes it very comfortable to wear.
In the clinical study women found Finess to be very comfortable, but each woman is unique, so you may have some temporary discomfort. If you do have some discomfort or irritation (such as burning or stinging), stop using Finess and consult with your healthcare professional. Read the complete Instructions for Use packaged with each box of Finess for a discussion of precautions and warnings about using Finess.
Yes! Some types of vigorous activity, however, may cause Finess to move out of place and not work as well.
Yes. Finess may be worn anytime, day or night.
No. Finess may move and cause discomfort if it is worn during intercourse.
No. Finess will lose its adhesiveness and may not work properly.
You can wear Finess until you need to remove it to urinate. For most women this is typically every 2 to 3 hours.
No. Do NOT reuse after removal. Finess is intended for one-time use only. Use a new Finess after each time you urinate.
There may be a few reasons for this:
For many women, although Finess may not keep them completely dry all the time, the number and volume of leakage incidents while using it are reduced enough that they are happy to go from wearing a bulky absorbent pad to just a panty liner as a “backup”.
Use of Finess does not appear to make you more likely to get a vaginal or urinary tract infection. If you experience any symptoms of a vaginal or urinary tract infection, such as foul smelling urine or vaginal discharge, difficulty or discomfort when urinating, burning, frequent urination, abdominal or unusual back pain, cloudy urine or blood in your urine, discontinue use of Finess until your healthcare professional tells you it is okay to resume use of the product.
No. Do not flush Finess. Instead, put Finess and its packaging in a trash container.
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Urinary Incontinence is the accidental leakage of urine from your bladder. It can range from the occasional dribble to a chronic condition.
Stress incontinence happens when you leak a little bit of urine during a “stress event” – a sneeze, cough, lifting a heavy object or other physical activity. Until now, the only option women had for dealing with this was the pad – a 19th century invention that tries to absorb the leak rather than stop it in the first place.
Bladder leaks when coughing, sneezing or laughing
Post pregnancy bladder leakage
Bladder leaks during physical activity
The urethra is the short tube through which urine passes from your bladder to exit your body. It’s normally kept closed by muscles and tissues surrounding it. However, in some women these muscles and tissues weaken. Sometimes this happens during pregnancy and for a while after giving birth. More often it happens with aging, especially during and after menopause, when estrogen production in your body declines. For these women the urethra still works okay most of the time. But other times, a sneeze, cough, heavy lifting, exercise – anything that increases the pressure in her belly – can push down hard on her bladder for just a moment. In that moment, that fraction of a second, a weak urethra can’t stay closed and a leak occurs. That is Stress Incontinence.
Depending on how weak your urethra is and how full your bladder is, you might just leak a few drops each time this happens or you might leak quite a bit. It might change with the seasons – perhaps when you’re sneezing from spring allergies – or it might steadily increase over time. Some women aren’t bothered by leaks, but most find that even a few drops can really disrupt their daily routine and make them feel not at their best. That’s what really matters. If your leaks or dependence on pads bothers you (and if you’re reading this, it probably does!) then Finess may be a life-changing option for you.
Urge Incontinence is often referred to as “Overactive Bladder” or “OAB”. When you want to void (pee), your brain sends a signal to the muscles surrounding your bladder to contract and push the urine out. With OAB, your bladder muscles get this message even when you don’t want to pee and involuntarily contract the bladder. You feel a sudden urge to urinate, and have but a few seconds to find a toilet before an accident happens.
Sometimes, Urge Incontinence is caused by a urinary tract infection (UTI) or more severe diseases, which is why you should consult with a health professional if you are experiencing it.
OAB is often treated with drugs called anticholinergics that “calm down” the nerves around the bladder. Historically these drugs have been available by prescription only, but recently a version that utilizes a patch on the skin was approved by the FDA for over-the-counter sale.
Some women experience symptoms of both stress incontinence and urge incontinence. They are said to have mixed incontinence, or “mixed stress-urge”.
Yes. Stress and Urge incontinence are the two most commons forms of urinary incontinence. However, there are a couple other forms to be aware of, especially if you are reading this for the benefit of a family member or friend who is elderly or ill.
Someone who frequently dribbles urine for no apparent reason may have overflow incontinence, which results from an inability to empty your bladder. This type of incontinence may occur in people with a damaged bladder, blocked urethra or nerve damage from diabetes or other diseases.
Many older adults have physical or mental impairments that keep them from making it to the toilet in time. This is called functional incontinence, and is common among people in nursing homes.