“Gee, I hope I leak forever,” said nobody ever. And yet that’s pretty much what you’re signing up for if you use pads or liners as a way of dealing with stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
See, rather than treating SUI, sticking a pad in your underwear and going about your day is essentially putting a Band-aid on a giant wound without expecting it to actually heal. Even worse, they’re often presented as the only solution, which means many women spend years and years using pads continuously as their incontinence issues get worse.
Then, of course, there are the other drawbacks. Shelling out for pads for the rest of your life adds up. It’s also not so great for the environment. Did you know it can take over 400 years for one pad to decompose? Yup, you read that right.
If Not Pads—Then What?
“I firmly believe women should not be masking their symptoms with pads and liners—it’s insulting to offer that as the only solution,” says Dr. Ruth Maher, a board-certified clinical specialist in women's health and founder of INNOVO. “There is a way to cure leaks caused by SUI, you don’t have to just mask them.”
The key to treating leakage is to find a way to strengthen your pelvic floor—those are the muscles that help you hold in urine. Kegel exercises help you figure out where exactly your pelvic floor muscles are. You can do them manually by slowly tightening the muscles—as if you were sitting on a blueberry and lifting it—until you feel your muscles rise. Hold for 10 seconds and then gently relax and release. One thing to know: Many women do these incorrectly and that can make SUI even worse. You don’t want to squeeze super right, or hold your breath, and you shouldn’t feel the exercise anywhere else in your body.
But now there’s a better way. If you’re unhappy with throwing on a pad every time you head to pilates or even the supermarket, that’s where INNOVO comes in. Dr. Maher created INNOVO as a safe, convenient, all-in-one treatment for SUI that offers an easy, at-home solution clinically-proven to treat stress urinary incontinence. In just 30 minutes you’ll get 180 kegels delivered right to your pelvic floor muscles with every session. Use INNOVO for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, for 12 weeks as a proven way to eliminate your bladder leaks. Most women see results in as little as four weeks. And you can kiss those pads good-bye.