“Not more of a hassle than a tampon”
At 54 years, Kerstin experienced something she hadn’t before. It was stressful. She worried and felt ashamed. For a long time, she felt that it limited her in everyday life. Then one day, a friend gave her a little tip, and it all turned around.
Incontinence limited Kerstin and made her feel insecure
The first time Kerstin wet herself was when she was getting up on her horse. It was completely unexpected. She had no urge to pee and had not previously experienced anything like this. It felt like the muscles of her pelvic floor suddenly had stopped working. Over time it became worse. She started to leak when she laughed, ran up the stairs, coughed or, lifted something heavy. The hardest part was the insecurity she felt, not knowing when it would happen and the fear that it would show, or much worse, smell.
It was stressful. I couldn’t predict when or if it would happen. No matter how many Kegels I did, I couldn’t get back in control. It created this constant insecurity gnawing at me.
Kerstin mentions how she had to bring incontinence pads with her always and wasn’t able to change clothes at the beach, in changing rooms, and places like that. Even though she tried not to let it limit her, she still found herself avoiding certain situations.
Life became less and, I grew more insecure, she says.
A lot more common than you think
Stress urinary incontinence, the involuntary bladder leaks due to some form of physical exertion, is a common problem. Many women are affected, and it doesn’t take many drops of urine to make an impact socially. Being in the wrong place with few possibilities to change into clean and dry clothes, the restrictions on your quality of life become evident.
Stress urinary incontinence results from weakened pelvic floor muscles or ligaments. It’s not uncommon that the condition arises after pregnancy and delivery, or during menopause. Many do the same as Kerstin and try to fix it themselves, but pelvic floor exercise may not always be sufficient and, it can take a long time before it provides the desired effect.
Of the women who are affected, very few choose to bring it up with a doctor. It’s embarrassing; one doesn’t want to admit, as an adult woman, that one pees oneself. Sometimes, even your closest family doesn’t know, a stigma Kerstin’s passionate about changing.
Simple and safe
Public healthcare didn’t have much to offer Kerstin. A life with pads and pelvic floor exercises was an alternative, but not something Kerstin wanted. She told a friend about her problem who, then told her about the Efemia Bladder Support, which Kerstin decided she wanted to try.
The product is easy to use, certainly not more of a hassle than using a tampon. Since I started using the Efemia, I’ve stopped worrying like I used to. I insert it in the morning, then remove and clean it in the evening, no more limited living. I even use it when I go swimming in the summer. The feeling of confidence I have is fantastic and immeasurable, Kerstin says.
Dare to talk about it
Kerstin knows that the body has its limitations and that there are certain things you can’t change, but she has no intention of accepting the fact that women have to endure bladder leaks when there’s a simple solution to the problem.
We (women) have to dare to talk about our bodies, even about what’s not functioning as it should. That’s how I got help, I told a close friend, and she suggested a functional solution. Now I want to share that solution with others.