Commence allergy season and the uncontrollable coughs and sneezes that come with it. In addition to all the usual symptoms, if you are a new mom, a baby boomer, or an athlete, getting seasonal allergies may bring a little something extra.
As you most likely know from biology class or a doctors visit, the urethra is the short tube through which urine passes from your bladder to exit your body. It’s normally kept closed by the muscles and tissues surrounding it. However, in some women these muscles and tissues weaken. Sometimes this happens during pregnancy and continues for a while after giving birth. It also 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 activities like exercising, sneezing, or coughing can increase the pressure in the abdominal area. In that moment, that fraction of a second when there is increased pressure on the bladder, a weak urethra can’t stay closed and a leak occurs. This is called stress urinary incontinence.
Depending on how weak your urethra is and how full your bladder is, you might just leak a few drops or you might leak quite a bit. While some women aren’t bothered by leaks, most find that even a few drops can really disrupt their daily routine and keep them from feeling their best. This can be especially true in the spring and summer months when you want to spend more time outdoors being active, wearing lighter clothes, and going on adventures that often take you far from any restroom.
Women who have stress urinary incontinence (SUI) know all to well the anxiety caused by a seemingly harmless allergy attack. Going out to do anything puts you at risk of having an ‘oops moment’.
So what are women to do?
Fortunately, there’s a new solution for those little bladder leaks!
Finess is the first and most clinically tested incontinence product that has been cleared by the FDA to prevent bladder leaks. Finess is not an insert and does not absorb urine like a pad or adult diaper. Rather, Finess prevents bladder leakage from happening. To use Finess, simply place it over the urethral opening, and the specially formulated hydrogel adhesive gently seals it into place until you remove and replace it at your next bathroom visit. The next time you cough or sneeze, Finess stops urine from escaping.
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