This is a sponsored post by Acorn Influence on behalf of Poise Impressa. Because sometimes you have to be paid to have the guts to talk about things that nobody wants to really talk about.
Sometime last year, our small town opened up a new entertainment complex for kids called Stratosphere. It’s a wonderful, dangerous place full of trampolines, air bags, and video games. As you might imagine, it’s a popular spot for boys’ birthday parties. It’s a good place for a rainy summer afternoon when there’s nothing else to do.
But Stratosphere isn’t just for kids. Adults are allowed to jump right alongside the kids, providing they sign that waiver that absolves Stratosphere of any harm or injury. It’s a good thing, too, because if you’ve ever jumped on a trampoline as an adult and you don’t happen to be mega fit, you’re probably going to find out that your legs aren’t as strong as they used to be and your lower back just might start killing you.
You might also pee your pants a little.
Oh, I’m sorry. Have I said too much?
That’s the feeling I got when I stuck around for my son’s friend’s birthday. I jokingly looked at the other mothers and said something to the effect of “I’d love to jump with them but I’d probably pee my pants” with a wink, wink, nudge, nudge you give to other women who have given birth. Isn’t is kind of known that our pelvic floor loses some strength and we’re likely to experience light bladder leakage at some point?
Filed under things I never thought I’d write about is light bladder leakage. It’s also filed under things I never thought I’d experience. And despite the looks I got at the birthday party, I’m pretty sure at least one of the women there knew what I was talking about. Because light bladder leakage happens to 1 in 3 women.
I’m not sure if I can blame child birth or age or simply weakened muscles but I know I’m not alone. Luckily, it is light and only strikes me when I’ve got a full bladder and a terrible sneezing fit or even laughing fit. Literally, I can laugh so hard that I might actually pee my pants. But my guaranteed nemesis, every time, is that blasted trampoline.
I swore I’d never have anything like a trampoline in my yard but when my only child insisted he’d be more active and jump all the time if only he had a trampoline, I believed him. So earlier this year, I assembled that behemoth in my yard. He jumped and I was excited to jump along with him until… I peed my pants.
I made a joke and told him what had happened. I think he was too stunned to question. Kind of like you are. Right now. Reading this.
But it’s a real problem and one I can speak to so if I can bring a potential solution to light, then why not? People like me who leak urine when they laugh, cough, sneeze, dance, or exercise have Stress Urinary Incontinence and typically the only way to deal with it is to clean up the mess (literally). If you’re not ready for jokes about wearing a diaper, you might be interested in something that prevents the leaks in the first place.
What Poise Impressa® Bladder Supports offer is a way to do that. (Men, you might want to stop reading at this point.)
Poise Impressa is very much like a tampon but instead of absorbing liquids, it’s designed to place the appropriate amount of pressure on the urethra to stop any urine leaks.
WAIT A MINUTE, you’re saying. I HAVE QUESTIONS. I bet you do because I did too. Like…
Where exactly do I put it? Oh yes. It’s just like a tampon. Placed in the same place.
Does it hurt? It has an applicator and is inserted in the same way as a tampon. It’s recommended that you use a water-based lubricant if necessary.
Is it one size fits all? No, it isn’t but luckily there’s a sizing kit available to help you determine the correct size.
How long can I use it? For about 8 hours during a 24 hour period.
How does it feel and does it work? Only you can answer that but I put it to the test (seriously, I did) and here’s what I found.
The sizing kit comes with three sizes. I started with size 1 and found that it totally worked for me (no need for size 2 or size 3). And if I’m ready to purchase a larger supply of size 1, the sizing kit comes with a $4 coupon. And I know it worked because I put it to the test.
I fueled up and headed out to the trampoline. And then I jumped and jumped and jumped.
Any leaks? Nope. So that meant size 1 was perfect for me. Did I love it? Well, I didn’t love it. But I did love the idea that I could spend an indeterminate amount of time with my son jumping on the trampoline and not having to excuse myself because I peed my pants.
If you’ve got light bladder leakage from stress urinary incontinence, don’t worry about leaving me a comment (unless you have a question I might be able to answer). But be sure to check out the Poise Impressa Bladder Support Sizing kit and see if it might allow you to experience some of your favorite activities again.