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|I was having severe urinary urgency and pain due to the disposable pads I used for stress incontinence. The thicker pads I bought, the more reaction I was having and it was miserable. Finally I searched on the internet for natural pads, and I found Sckoon pads. You sent them out immediately and overnighted them at my request. The relief was phenomenal and immediate. I have no urgency and very little stress incontinence any more. I have used these for over a year now and love them. They are very soft, absorbant, and wash wonderfully time after time. Saves alot of money!!
- JoAnna, Hamburg, PA
What is stress incontinence?
Stress incontinence is most common incontinence that occurs during coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting heavy objects or making other movements that put pressure, or stress, on the bladder. This results from weak pelvic muscles or a weakening of the wall between the bladder and vagina. The weakness is due to pregnancy and childbirth or from lower levels of the hormone estrogen during menstrual periods or after menopause.
How to manage stress incontinence?
For light incontinence, Kegel exercises (see below) is the most widely recommended way. Meanwhile you can use absorbent incontinence products. The major benefits of using Sckoon Cloth Menstrual Pads for light incontinence is that they are far less irritating, expensive and wasteful than disposable products.
How do you do Kegel exercises?
The first step is to find the right muscles. Imagine that you are sitting on a marble and want to pick up the marble with your vagina. Imagine "sucking" the marble into your vagina.
Try not to squeeze other muscles at the same time. Be careful not to tighten your stomach, legs, or buttocks. Squeezing the wrong muscles can put more pressure on your bladder control muscles. Just squeeze the pelvic muscles. Don't hold your breath. Do not practice while urinating.
Repeat, but don't overdo it. At first, find a quiet spot to practice your bathroom or bedroom where you can concentrate. Pull in the pelvic muscles and hold for a count of 3. Then relax for a count of 3. Work up to 3 sets of 10 repeats. Start doing your pelvic muscle exercises lying down. This is the easiest position to do them because the muscles do not need to work against gravity. When your muscles get stronger, do your exercises sitting or standing. Working against gravity is like adding more weight.
Be patient. Don't give up. It takes just 5 minutes a day. You may not feel your bladder control improve for 3 to 6 weeks. Still, most people do notice an improvement after a few weeks.
Some people with nerve damage cannot tell whether they are doing Kegel exercises correctly or not. If you are not sure, ask your doctor or nurse to examine you while you try to do them. If it turns out that you are not squeezing the right muscles, you may still be able to learn proper Kegel exercises by doing special training with biofeedback, electrical stimulation, or both.