“No matter how many kegels I did, I couldn’t get back in control… Since I started using Efemia, I’ve stopped worrying like I used to”
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 had suddenly stopped working. Over time it became worse, losing more control of her bladder. 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, or involuntary bladder leakage due to physical exertion, is a common problem. Many women are affected, and it doesn’t take many drops of urine to have an impact on your social or work life. Being in the wrong place with few possibilities to change into clean and dry clothes brings restrictions your quality of life.
Stress urinary incontinence results from weakened pelvic floor muscles or ligaments. The condition commonly occurs after pregnancy and delivery, or during menopause. Many do the same as Kerstin and try to fix it themselves, but pelvic floor exercises may not always be sufficient and it can take a long time with dedication before it makes a difference.
Of the women who are affected, very few choose to bring it up with a doctor. It’s embarrassing; as an adult woman one doesn’t want to admit that one pees oneself. Sometimes, even your closest family don’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 (and laugh) about it
Kerstin knows that the body has its limits 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”.