When it comes to managing stress urinary incontinence (SUI), the impact on a woman’s quality of life cannot be overstated. This common condition affects millions of women and often leads to discomfort, embarrassment, and limitations on daily activities. While there are various options available to manage SUI, Uresta Bladder Support stands out as a cost-effective and life-enhancing solution. In this blog, we will explore how Uresta compares to popular alternatives for managing bladder leakage.
Uresta Bladder Support
Uresta Bladder Support offers a range of benefits that can significantly improve a woman’s life:
- Confidence and Freedom: Uresta stops leaks, providing women with the confidence to engage in daily activities without the constant worry of embarrassing accidents.
- Clean and Comfortable: By stopping leaks, Uresta eliminates the feeling of dampness, discomfort, or bulkiness that comes with pads. Women tell us they are back to wearing sexy underwear!
- No Rashes or Odour: No more leaks mean no more unpleasant odours, or rashes caused by friction and moisture from damp pads.
- Environmentally Friendly: Uresta is reusable for up to one year, making it an environmentally conscious choice compared to disposable options.
- Cost-Effective in the Long Run: Uresta is the most cost-effective option as it is reusable. Women are estimated to spend $750 on incontinence supplies annually.
- No medical intervention: Uresta is self-managed, non-invasive, and does not require medical intervention.
- Readily Accessible: Uresta doesn’t require a prescription, eliminating the long waitlist to see your physician. Uresta ships in 3-5 business days and comes with free shipping! Note if you are in the US, Uresta does require a prescription. Click here to learn more.
Comparing Uresta to Common Alternatives
Let’s compare Uresta to some commonly used alternatives for managing stress urinary incontinence:
Incontinence pads are often the first choice for managing SUI as they are readily accessible, seemingly affordable, and easy to use – but, they can get in the way of your lifestyle:
- Doesn’t stop leaks: Pads merely absorb leaks and do not improve quality of life.
- Uncomfortable: Pads can be bulky and damp, and due to friction and moisture, it is common for women to get rashes from regular use.
- Anxiety and insecurity: Women worry about leaks or that others may notice their odour. This limits their confidence and prevents them from doing the activities they love.
- Wasteful: Pads are one-time use and are wasteful and harmful to the environment.
- Expensive: Pads might seem affordable upfront, but the annual cost of pads can really add up. In fact, it is estimated that women spend $750 on pads and incontinence supplies per year.
- Not ideal for active women: Pads can shift out of place due to sudden movement and sweat, making it difficult to use during physical activity.
Reusable Incontinence Underwear
While leak-proof underwear for bladder leakage is reusable and less wasteful, they still don’t allow you to be worry free:
- Doesn’t stop leaks: Similar to pads, they only absorb leaks and do not improve quality of life.
- Uncomfortable: Incontinence underwear is bulky, uncomfortable, and causes rashes from regular use.
- Anxiety and insecurity: As mentioned, leaks come with worry and anxiety due to odour or others noticing leaks.
- Can contain harmful chemicals: Some brands of incontinence underwear have been linked to harmful PFA chemicals (known as forever chemicals), which can be harmful to humans.
- Expensive: While incontinence underwear is reusable, you need several pairs to manage your bladder leakage. One pair of incontinence underwear can cost between $35 to $50.
While surgery can eliminate leaks altogether, it is an invasive approach and comes with its own set of challenges:
- It may not be successful: Not everyone is able to fully eliminate their leaks with surgery, especially for high-impact activities (running, jumping, etc.). Clinical estimates of failure rates range from 5-20%.
- Risk of complications: Like any surgery, there is always the risk of complications. In the context of incontinence surgeries, mesh surgery has been the subject of a number of international class action lawsuits in recent years. Surgical procedures can be an effective option for women with more advanced pelvic conditions, including advanced pelvic organ prolapse. If you are considering surgery, it is important to consult a Urogynecologist/gynecologist who has been specifically trained for incontinence-related surgeries.
- Long waitlists: Women often need to wait several months, if not over a year, for consultation and surgery.
- Recovery: Like any surgery, there is a recovery period that one must consider.
- Not always permanent: Although it is often assumed to be a “permanent fix”, many women will need to repeat the surgical procedure every 5-10 years.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Pelvic floor physiotherapy can be effective in eliminating leaks without medical intervention but requires time, effort, and money to see improvement.
- Improves quality of life: If successful, can be a great solution by addressing the root cause of the issue – loss in pelvic muscle strength.
- Non-surgical and conservative approach: Pelvic floor physiotherapy helps improve incontinence without the need for surgical intervention.
- Does not always work: Not all women are able to fully eliminate their incontinence with pelvic floor physiotherapy, especially during exercise.
- Requires effort to see results: Pelvic floor physiotherapy requires time, effort, and consistency, which can be challenging for some women to commit to, and some may not have access to a physio near them.
- Expensive: Not everyone has coverage or financial means for ongoing physiotherapy. Regular visits can add up quickly, regardless of coverage.
Uresta and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
We are huge supporters of pelvic floor physiotherapy and believe that Uresta is an excellent complement to physiotherapy as it can provide immediate relief from leaks, while working on your pelvic floor. While Uresta doesn’t necessarily strengthen your pelvic muscles, it immediately improves your quality of life, and won’t make your incontinence worse.
For some women, pelvic floor strengthening may not be enough to eliminate their leaks fully, and they may require longer-term support from Uresta.
When it comes to managing stress urinary incontinence, Uresta Bladder Support offers women a cost-effective and life-enhancing solution. While alternatives like pads, underwear, surgery, and pelvic floor physiotherapy have their merits, Uresta stands out for its immediate relief, comfort, and affordability. It empowers women to regain control of their lives and enjoy the confidence and freedom they deserve.