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My INNOVO® Journey | Christine Payne, 70

Christine Payne, aged 70, has been suffering with bladder weakness for over 40 years. Her problems first began at age 30, when severe asthma caused her to cough very deeply and consistently, causing severe strain resulting in urine leakage.

“I had my first child at 39 and my second at 42, which further weakened my pelvic floor muscles. I attended pelvic floor exercise classes run by my local hospital which initially helped with my problem and my GP prescribed medication to help control my bladder weakness”, Christine says. “I was needing to wear a pad at all times and had particular problems at night time - I needed to ‘go’ at least 4 times during the night. Apart from that, I was fit and healthy”.

Christine keeps active and for the past 7 years has run a charity which has required her to lift heavy items on a regular basis. This lifting caused additional strain and had weakened her pelvic floor muscles even further. 
In October 2017, Christine was selected to participate in an INNOVO® Product Trial via the Bladder & Bowel Community. Like many sufferers of bladder weakness, the condition has had a huge impact on her day to day life. Christine shared a series of daily journal entries with us throughout her INNOVO® treatment and told us how before her treatment, she lived in constant fear of causing embarrassment to not only herself but others around her:

“You never go anywhere that involves a long journey unless you know there are plenty of toilet facilities on route. You never go on a coach trip unless there is an onboard loo. You never go anywhere without taking spare panties, tights, pads and wet wipes with you. You never stay overnight anywhere other than in your own home. You never go on holiday. You never wear anything close fitting because you fear the pads will show… life becomes very restricted, very insular”.

Christine was experiencing a mixture of Stress Incontinence (leaks when you cough, laugh, sneeze etc.) and Urge Incontinence (an overactive bladder), but after a phone consultation with an INNOVO® Specialist who helps her fit the garment correctly, she found that she could alternate between INNOVO®’s various programmes to tailor the treatment to her needs. INNOVO® helped her locate her pelvic floor muscles, and she described the sensation as a ‘eureka moment’ when she felt her pelvic floor muscles contracting.

Using INNOVO® and exercising her pelvic floor muscles quickly became part of Christine’s daily life and part of her daily routine. INNOVO® is used in the comfort of your home for just 30 minutes per day, five days per week over 12 weeks. It’s highly effective, is non-invasive (there a no probes to insert), and is clinically proven to work - 93% of users found a significant reduction in leaks after just 4 weeks*.

“I could never have dreamed that this improvement to my daily routine would have been possible. INNOVO® changed all that and not only restored my confidence but gave me back my life again. Who would have thought that a problem that has plagued me for 40 years could be very nearly resolved within the space of 12 weeks?”, says Christine.

“I took a coach trip to the theatre to see the ballet, something I had not dared to do for many years because of fear of bladder accidents. I no longer needed to take my emergency kit of spare panties, pads etc. with me whenever I went out. I was not constantly searching for public loos or planning my day around where I would find one. I bought myself a pair of trousers having never felt able to wear them for fear of my pad showing. I joined the Dolphin Club and started swimming again. I began to socialise more and started hosting a number of charity events which I had thought I would never do again.

If I can ‘Restore my Floor’ at 70, then it just confirms that point. It doesn’t matter how old you are. INNOVO® does work; I’ve tried it and tested it. Thank you INNOVO® not only for your product but for your support and advice and your confidence in me achieving what I set out to do just 12 weeks ago.”

Click to read Christine’s INNOVO® Journal Entry Series

A proven solution or a lifetime of pads? Life-changing in as little as 4 weeks? Now is the time for YOU to say hello to INNOVO® and goodbye to bladder weakness. No more little accidents, no more awkward pads or liners, no more embarrassment. INNOVO® can help you get back to doing everything you want to do when you want to do it.

If you feel inspired by Christine’s INNOVO® Journey and like her, want control of your bladder again why not try INNOVO® today?

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*Soeder S, Tunn R. (2012) - Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) of the Pelvic Floor Muscles using a Non-Invasive Surface Device in the Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI); A Pilot Study. IUGA Poster Presentation Conference, Dublin, Ireland (2013).

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