The Olympics can be an inspirational time, with thousands of Brits dusting off their P.E. kits and heading back out to get fit and reach new sporting heights. Yet, for new mums, restarting exercise isn’t as simple as buying a new pair of trainers, as new research from FemTech brand Contrelle reveals.
Bladder leakage impacts two-thirds of women surveyed and their likelihood to exercise – with 40% saying they were anxious about exercising because of the fear of leakage, 33% saying there are some forms of exercise they avoid and 26% saying they would like to exercise more but don’t because of the worry. 3% said they had stopped exercising because of leakage.
Of the 34% who said that they had not been impacted by the fear of the condition and did not agree that it had changed the amount or type of exercise they do, most of them still said that they knew of other women for whom it had been an issue.
Many types of exercise are cited as being a concern for women because of leakage, with trampolining being most likely to be named with a massive 53% of women naming this as a potentially problematic form of exercise. Running, gym classes and dancing for exercise, were also highlighted as worrying by more than 30% of women surveyed.
Baz Moffat, award-winning rower and co-founder of The Well HQ says, “We all need to move, yet so many women I work with don’t because they’re worried about leaking. It’s brilliant to see innovative products coming out to help women to get and keep moving that are addressing the real issues – such as stress urinary incontinence – behind why so few women are active enough.”
To lose urine during physical activity or sport is not normal. It creates a barrier to women’s participation in sport and fitness activities and, therefore, it may be a threat to women’s health, self-esteem and well-being. In fact, studies have shown that up to 20% of women have reported quitting physical exercise due to incontinence.* Those who have continued to exercise have resorted to measures such as wearing black clothing, or limiting their training to times and places with less people around.
Contrelle could be the answer, treating the condition rather than simply managing the symptoms. This new product has revolutionised women’s lives, enabling them to re-engage in exercise, take part in sport, run, swim, go to the gym. Managing the symptoms of SUI at the source provides women with a new level of freedom and confidence.
Ash Monga is a consultant urogynecologist based at Southampton University Trust. He says, “Many women find pads uncomfortable or unsuitable, especially when seeking a solution to SUI and particularly when exercising. Contrelle is discreet and it can be used by the majority of suffers as and when needed, in combination with pelvic floor exercises or when waiting for surgery.”
To ensure the fit is just right, Contrelle customers start with a sizing kit to establish the correct fit for them. Sizing kit RRP is £7.50, follow on packs in different sizes start at £18.75 for a 5-pack or a 30-pack for £90.