Here are the questions that are most frequently asked about uresta®.
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No, urine will not come gushing out when uresta® is removed. The uresta® bladder support is designed to work with your body to significantly reduce or stop leaks due to Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI; sometimes referred to as Light Bladder Leakage) – the bell shape presses gently against the vaginal wall, supporting the urethra to significantly reduce or stop leaks22.
Some women might find it intimidating to first try their uresta® device; however, after some experimenting with different sizes and upon determining the correct size and position for them, uresta® can make a significant difference.
Using a water-based lubricant will make insertion easier. Select the smallest-sized bladder support (size 3). Prior to insertion, wash hands with soap and water and rinse thoroughly. Some women may find it easier to insert uresta® with one leg supported higher than the other, such as having a foot on the toilet or a stool.
Once inserted, move around to see if the uresta® dislodges or slides down; if it does, you might want to try the next size up. If you find it uncomfortable, consider repositioning it or try the next size down. It might take some time to find the right fit and position, and might take some time to get used to the new sensation of the uresta®, but you should not feel any pain or discomfort during its use. If you think you require a smaller size or larger size than those included in the kit, contact your retailer.
The use of a water-based lubricant can be very helpful for insertion, as there might be some discomfort and pressure when first inserting the uresta®, but there should not be pain. If there is pain, there could be other conditions that need to be examined and treated before using uresta®. Please consult your doctor or pelvic health physiotherapist, or other clinical practitioner for advice and guidance.
You'll feel your uresta® when you first insert it, but once it is fully in place you shouldn't feel it at all23. It's a similar experience to using a tampon.
The uresta® bladder support has been clinically proven to significantly reduce or stop leaks in women who suffer from Stress Urinary Incontinence (sometimes also referred to as Light Bladder Leakage). In clinical studies, 17 out of 20 saw a significant reduction in leaking while leaks were completely eliminated for 6 out of 10 women. And of those who were satisfied with their uresta®, more than three-quarters kept on using it over the long term24.
You can buy uresta® yourself online or from pharmacies that carry uresta® in Canada. The uresta® bladder support may be covered by your private insurance plan, in which case you would need a prescription from your doctor for reimbursement.
No, you do not. You can buy uresta® yourself online or from pharmacies that carry uresta®. The uresta® bladder support may be covered by your private insurance plan, in which case you would need a prescription from your doctor for reimbursement. If you reside in the United States, you are required to have a prescription to purchase the device.
The uresta® bladder support may be used in different ways to suit your lifestyle:
1. All day – insert your uresta® into the vagina in the morning. Remove it at bedtime.
2. For specific activities – insert your uresta® before any activity which causes leaking for you (e.g. running, yoga). Remove it after the activity is finished.
3. Remove your uresta® before sexual intercourse.
Not a problem. uresta® can safely be worn for up to 24 hours without concern.
We recommend hand-washing your uresta® using a mild soap and allow it to air dry in its opened case25.
If your uresta® is properly fitted, you should still be able to pee, and have bowel movements when inserted. If you are unable to do so, you should consider a smaller size26.
Your uresta® should be removed prior to sexual intercourse27.
Some women find they use two sizes depending on their activities and state of health. Women report using one size throughout the day, but move up a size when exercising. Others will use a larger size when they know they might be coughing, sneezing, or even laughing more than usual.
We recommend replacing it every year. Replace your uresta® if you observe a defect (e.g. a crack)28.
Try all three sizes in your uresta® Starter Kit to find the one that feels right for you.
Check our sizing guidelines in our Support section, for the ways you’ll know you have the right fit.
There are several good indicators of a properly sized and positioned uresta®:
- There should be very little or no sensation;
- The handle is inserted within the vagina to the approximate depth of 2cm (¾ inch) from the opening of the vagina, which generally can be checked by inserting one finger up to the first knuckle and being able to touch the end of the uresta® handle;
- When you cough, sneeze, or move around, bladder leakage is stopped or significantly reduced;
- You can urinate or have a bowel movement with your uresta® support in place.
When properly fitted, there should be very little or no sensation of the uresta® device. Some women describe a sensation as to be aware there is something inside, which may require time to get used to the new sensation, but it should not be painful. If there is pain, there could be other conditions that need to be examined and treated before using uresta®. Please consult your doctor or pelvic health physiotherapist, or other clinical practitioner for advice and guidance.
If you follow the insertion directions, positioning your uresta® just past the opening to the vagina, then you do not have to worry about inserting it too far.
When inserting, once the device passes beyond the entrance to the vagina and under the pubic bone, so there is no further pressure or resistance, the device will be approximately 2 cm (¾ inch) from the opening of the vagina. You should be able to feel the end of the uresta® handle by inserting one finger up to the first knuckle. If, when properly inserted, the device does not work, consider moving up a size.
If you are having difficulty reaching the handle, take a few deep breaths to help relax and bear down as if you are trying to have a bowel movement. This will help move the device down so that you may more easily grasp the handle and remove. Also, consider trying different positions such as sitting on the toilet, lying down on a bed, or propping on leg up on a stool for better access to the vaginal opening. Should you encounter further difficulty in removing the device, seek medical advice and assistance if needed.
The uresta® bladder support is a self-managed solution, so you don’t need a doctor to help you find your right fit or insert it for you29.
Prior to removing, wash hands with soap and water and rinse thoroughly. The vaginal muscles naturally help hold the uresta® in place. To easily remove the uresta ® , it helps to relax the pelvic floor, which can be done with a few deep cleansing breaths and releasing the pelvic muscles in the same manner as you relax your muscles to urinate.
Separate the labia of the vagina with the finger of one hand and insert the index finger of your other hand to locate the handle of the uresta® device. Grasp with your thumb and index finger and pull the device directly down and out. Some women find that removal can be aided with a small twist of the uresta® handle while gently pulling the unit, thereby “breaking the seal” and allowing the uresta® to be removed more easily.
If you are having difficulty reaching the handle, bear down as if you are trying to have a bowel movement, as this will help move the device down so that you may more easily grasp the handle and remove.
No, it is not normal, but some spotting can occur if a woman has certain, pre-existing health conditions that might be irritated by the use of uresta®. If you have any pre-existing health concerns that might be irritated by the use of any intravaginal device, you should consult your doctor, pelvic health physiotherapist, or other clinical practitioner before using a device.
If you are unsure whether uresta® might be appropriate for you, given pre-existing health concerns, you should consult your doctor, pelvic health physiotherapist, or other clinical practitioner. Women with vaginal dryness and/or atrophy do use uresta® to successfully help them with their stress urinary incontinence, often in conjunction with appropriate treatment for the dryness.
uresta® is not indicated for the treatment of prolapse.
If you are unsure whether uresta® might be appropriate for you, given pre-existing health concerns, such as prolapse, you should consult your doctor, pelvic health physiotherapist, or other clinical practitioner.
uresta® should not be used if you have had recent vaginal surgery. If you have any questions about the appropriateness of using uresta®, consult your doctor, pelvic health physiotherapist, or other clinical practitioner prior to using the device.
uresta® has been clinically proven to significantly reduce or eliminate bladder leakage caused by stress urinary incontinence in 80% of women tested. If you still leak with your uresta® device properly fitted, consider trying one size larger to see if that helps eliminate leaks. If you still leak, you might consider seeing your doctor or a pelvic health physiotherapist to determine if you might have other conditions contributing to the problem or to recommend additional treatments for your stress urinary incontinence, such as pelvic floor exercises. The use of pads with uresta® is also an option in cases where uresta® reduces but does not eliminate all leaks.
The uresta® bladder support is made of a nonabsorbent, hypoallergenic medical-grade plastic. It is not made with natural rubber latex and also contains no phthalates such as DEHP.
Find more tips in the troubleshooting area of our Support section