Women as young as 18 experience bladder leaks, normally due to a weakness in the pelvic floor but it also affects women in a variety of lifestyles and stages.
Contrelle is designed to help women suffering from bladder leaks due to stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and mixed urinary incontinence, where SUI is the main problem. The myth that it only affects women who have had a vaginal birth is just that, a myth. It can affect any women, including:
- Women who haven’t had children
- New mothers
- Women who are peri & post-menopausal
- Women who have had caesareans
Leaking can start because of many things but some common causes are: general aging; weight gain; a strenuous cough; and even a tightness in the pelvic floor caused by high-impact sport.
But the good news is that with Contrelle in place, women can stop worrying about leaks and simply concentrate on living their lives and doing whatever activities they want to do.
Pregnancy and childbirth put tremendous pressure on your pelvic floor. Not just during pregnancy but after childbirth, when you’re constantly bending and lifting your growing baby-come-toddler, and all the accessories that come along too; car seats, pushchairs, highchairs etc.
Those years of lifting can put continued strain on the pelvic floor causing it to weaken, with women often experiencing worsening leakage.
As you age, your pelvic floor muscles get weaker as a result of a whole catalogue of events: pregnancy, childbirth, pelvic surgery or long-term high-impact exercise. However, when you reach the menopause, the body stops making the female hormone oestrogen, which many experts think weakens the urethral tissue and the muscles around the urethra. This further increases the prevalence of bladder leakage. Resulting in many women leaking when any slight pressure is exerted, like laughing, sneezing, coughing or running.
Another side effect of the menopause is vaginal dryness. If you suffer from this, a water-based lubricant such as Yes, could help ease the insertion of Contrelle Activgard.
It’s perfectly normal (unwelcome, but normal) for strenuous, sustained workouts to weaken the pelvic floor and cause bladder leaks. Yes, you’re in great shape, but athletic pursuits like running, tennis, weights and cross-fit can create lower abdominal pressure on your pelvic floor, making it feel tender, weak and unable to support your bladder. All this leads to unwelcome leaks when you exercise.
Is Contrelle right for you?
Select which best describes you…
“I leak urine when I laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise”
Contrelle is right
It’s a condition known as Stress Urinary Incontinence and it’s much more common than you might think. 1 in 3 women suffer every day.1
“I leak when I urgently need the toilet”
Contrelle may not be the
right product for you.
This is a condition called Urgency Urinary Incontinence and we are currently conducting clinical trials to establish if Contrelle delivers the clinical results for this condition.
1 Hunskaar S, Lose G, Sykes D, Voss S. The prevalence of urinary incontinence in women in fourEuropean countries. BJU Int. 2004 Feb,93(3):324-30