Incontinence Support for Women
Pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and menopause, in addition to the natural weakening of bladder muscles over time, can all contribute to women experiencing bladder leakage throughout their lives.

Types and levels of severity of incontinence

Incontinence can develop on anyone regardless of age or gender. Incontinence can be daunting but understanding what it is and learning how to successfully manage it enables you to continue doing the things you love without fear or embarrassment. Many factors contribute to incontinence such as age, pregnancy/childbirth, menopause, obesity and other medical conditions such as mental health, dementia, arthritis, diabetes, and more. 

Types of Incontinence include:

Stress Incontinence

Urine leaks when exerting pressure on your bladder. E.g., when you: sneeze, cough, laugh, exercise, jump or do heavy lifting.

Urge incontinence

Your bladder feels the sudden urge to urinate without warning (in most case large amounts) and/or you need to urinate often including throughout the night.

Overflow incontinence

Your bladder continuously leak/dribbles due to being unable to empty properly.

Mixed incontinence

You experience more than one type of incontinence – generally a mix of urge and stress symptoms.

Functional incontinence

An impairment that makes you unable to urinate properly or make it to a toilet in time. E.g., you have arthritis, and you may not be able to unbutton your pants quick enough.

It’s important to maintain a healthy diet and perform regular exercise to promote good bladder health to aid prevention and manage your incontinence. If any of the above points sounds like you, it is recommended that you seek medical advice from your doctor.


Pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum are not easy, but having a baby is an incredible gift! Unfortunately, the postpartum impact of having a baby is often left unspoken.

One in three women who have had a baby will experience some form of incontinence when she laughs, sneezes, coughs or exercises. During pregnancy, as you produce hormones, your pelvic floor muscles become weak and struggle to support your internal organs. This can lead to difficulty controlling your bladder. 


Various milestones throughout our lives are gradual reminders of the passage of time sneaking up on us; birthdays, anniversaries, first period to menopause. The more milestones we are blessed to achieve, the better, because it beats the alternative.

Menopause is a time of change in our lives where in our 40’s or 50’s our period finally comes to an end. It occurs when we haven’t had a period in 12 months and on average, most women experience it around the age of 51. This change not only commonly brings with it hot flushes, night sweats, and mood changes, but it also gifts us with occasional bladder leakage. 

Tips to help with light bladder leaks

  1. Remain hydrated – form a drinking schedule to ensure that you don’t limit your fluid intake to the point of dehydration. If you’re suffering with bladder leaks, this is an easy mistake to make. Drink adequate amounts of water throughout the day to maintain hydration, roughly 1.5L per day is recommended.
  1. Maintain a healthy weight – obesity puts additional unnecessary strain on your pelvic floor muscles and is a cause of bladder leaks. By maintaining a healthy weight, you can help limit the risks of worsening your bladder leaks. Following a diet that is high in fibre and low in sugar and fat can help contribute to maintaining a healthy weight. Additionally, doing daily exercise such as going for a walk can keep you on top of your health and fitness.
  1. Kegel exercises – help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles which hold and support your bladder and other parts of your body. Bladder leaks can be reduced with strengthening the pelvic floor muscles as these muscles work to contact urine. Read our latest blog about benefits of Kegel Exercises and how to do them HERE
  1. Wear incontinence underwear or liners – Incontinence underwear, pads and liners quickly draw moisture away from the skin and neutralize urine odor. They are designed specifically for the rapid flow and heavy volume of urine. Quite often, incontinence sufferers will use menstrual products for bladder leakage, which will leave skin feeling damp and uncomfortable, and at a higher risk of irritation and infection. Menstrual products are not a substitution for incontinence products as they don’t protect skin against urine and won’t neutralize the urine odor. Click here for more information on the difference between Incontinence products and Menstrual products.
  1. Only go to the toilet when you need to – If you’re suffering with light bladder leaks, it is easy to fall into the trap of going to the toilet frequently ‘just in case’. This can promote an overactive bladder which can have negative long-term effects on your bladder control. By going too frequently, your bladder gets used to holding minimal amounts of urine making it even more sensitive and overactive therefore worsening the condition. Therefore, go to the toilet as soon as you feel that your bladder is full.
  1. Don’t smoke or seek help to quit if you are a smoker – Smoker’s cough puts further strain on your pelvic floor muscles therefore weakening them. See your doctor if you’re having trouble quitting.
  1. Avoid bladder irritants– Maintaining a healthy diet is good for your body and its overall performance. You should limit caffeinated drinks, alcohol, fizzy drinks and acidic foods such as spicy meals.
  1. Speak to your doctor – bladder leaks aren’t something you should be embarrassed about. Talk to your doctor who can offer you medical advice on the best way to deal with your type of incontinence.
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Your Questions, Answered.

Can I use period pads and liners for postpartum incontinence?

Using menstrual products for bladder leakage wouldn’t be as effective as they are designed for blood which is thicker than urine with slower discharge times and volumes, and therefore lower absorbency levels. They’ll leave your skin feeling damp and uncomfortable, and at a higher risk of irritation and infection. Menstrual products don’t protect your skin against urine and won’t neutralize the urine odor.

Can I use incontinence pads and liners for my period?

Although not recommended, it is possible to use an incontinence pad or liner in place of a period pad when menstruating. However, it is important to remember that incontinence and menstrual products work very differently. Period pads are specially designed to absorb menstrual flow which is slower and thicker than urine. These products absorb in line with your flow and safely work to be changed every four to eight hours. If using an incontinence product for your monthly cycle, you’ll find that blood doesn’t absorb into the incontinence pad as well as urine does, as it’s designed to absorb heavy amounts of thin liquid quickly.

Are Incontinence products HSA and FSA Eligible?

Incontinence supplies are typically eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Contact your employer or FSA/HSA/HRA provider with account or eligibility questions.

Does Medicaid Cover Incontinence Products?

Medicaid is a state and federal program that provides medically necessary products (including incontinence products), healthcare or long-term care services to those who qualify.

Visit and use its Medicaid calculator to determine if you qualify.

For an incontinence product to be covered by Medicaid, it must be considered “medically necessary”, and therefore essential to the treatment or management of a particular condition. This can be determined by visiting your doctor and getting a diagnosis.

Can a UTI cause Incontinence?

Can Incontinence cause a UTI? Incontinence can cause the development of a UTI and a UTI can cause the development of temporary incontinence. Both conditions give you the sudden urge to urinate however a UTI is painful, and incontinence is not. In the US, over eight million doctor visits are attended each year as a result of UTI’s.

Travelling with Incontinence

Travelling with incontinence can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. With a small amount of strategic planning and ample supply, you can embrace your trip without anxiety and fear of losing control. Below are some travel tips and tricks that may take the stress off your holiday, if you suffer from incontinence.

Can Kegel Exercises Really Help?

 Performing Kegel exercises is one of the best natural processes to undertake. It is a simple exercise in which you can practice daily to help develop stronger pelvic floor muscles. Regardless of age, developing strong pelvic floor muscles is important as bladder leaks occur when these muscles are weak.

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