The Stresses Your Bladder Faces with Urinary Incontinence

 Blogger Pam Lutrell of Over50Feeling40 interviews Urogynecologist, Dr. Toni Harris, about the mechanics of stress urinary incontinence and why we have bladder leaks.

Whether it’s a sneeze, lifting groceries or jumping up and down at a football game, some women never know when they’re going to be hit with a bladder leak. Women who have these, tie-your-sweater-around-your-waist moments, know all to well how embarrassing and uncomfortable it can be. One minute you’re leaping in excitement over the touch down your son just scored and the next you’re racing home to get a change of clothes. Sadly, many women who face these ‘leakable’ moments often give up seeking treatment options.

In a 7-part series discussing incontinence, fashion blogger and stress urinary incontinence sufferer, Pam Lutrell candidly talks with Dr. Toni Harris about all of those bladder leakage questions you have, but are too embarrassed to ask.

In this interview, Pam asks Dr. Toni why we leak when we sneeze.


In this animation, you can see the abdominal pressure put on the bladder when a woman sneezes. Pelvic floor muscles, weakened perhaps by childbirth or lack of estrogen during peri-menopause, cannot withstand the pressure placed on the bladder when filled with urine. As a result of a sneeze or cough, some of the urine escapes, causing women to experience embarrassing bladder leakage. Women can seek treatment with pads that soak up the urine leading to potentially more embarrassing leaks or smells, or they can prevent bladder leakage with Finess. As the animation indicates, the soft foam patch is applied over the urethral opening with a specially formulated hydrogel adhesive. Once it is in place, the adhesive gently seals to block leaks until you remove it.


Discreet, comfortable and compact, Finess is available in a 6 or 36-pack. With Finess women are able to enjoy their daily activities without the stress of stress urinary incontinence.

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