You’re already running late for work when, halfway into your commute, you realize you didn’t restock your purse with bladder pads. “Great—and no time to stop by the pharmacy,” you think. You resign yourself to creating makeshift “pads” out of toilet paper or awkwardly asking any sympathetic female coworker you can find to spare a couple of pads to get you through the day.
This is an all-too-common scenario for women living with bladder leakage, known as urinary incontinence (UI). In a previous post, we compared how prescription drugs stack up against the PeriCoach Kegel exerciser for addressing the symptoms of bladder leakage. In this post, we’ll compare bladder pads with PeriCoach. Before we do, let’s revisit just how common bladder leakage is among women.
Bladder Leakage: A Problem for Millions of Women
The numbers are striking: Nearly one in three women will experience some form of UI in her life. Stress incontinence—leaking a few drops or a stream of urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze, or physically exert yourself—is the most common type.
UI does not discriminate by region, race, age, or fitness level—women in every corner of the world experience bladder leakage. While it’s more common in menopausal women and those who have been pregnant and given birth, it can also affect younger women who haven’t had children.
Many women turn to pads to deal with their bladder leakage. Yet, at best, this is a temporary solution. Pads don’t address the root of the problem, which, in many cases, is weakened pelvic floor muscles—more on that later.
First, let’s look at the cost of bladder pads and their impact on women’s daily lives.