Whether you've been enduring leaks ever since having a baby or your bladder failed you for the first time during your Murph Challenge workout this Memorial Day, we're here to help. Rest assured that you're not alone — if you’re at coffee with two of your friends, research shows that at least one of you has urinary incontinence — and you don't have to put up with leaks forever. Pelvic floor therapy can help you treat the pelvic floor muscle dysfunction behind most bladder leaks.
In the meantime, you deserve to feel good in your skin while managing symptoms. That means steering clear of anything resembling a diaper and opting for beautifully designed incontinence products that really work.
If you've been tempted to just wear pads or undies designed for menstruation, a word of caution: "Using products that are specific to bladder leakage instead of those made for menstrual bleeding matters," explains Origin PT Dr. Morgan Conner. "Incontinence products are designed to absorb a lot more liquid at a much faster rate than menstrual pads, and they're designed to neutralize the acid in your urine which can lead to odor and uncomfortable rashes."
Below are some of the incontinence-specific brands that our pelvic floor physical therapists swear by.
“Attn: Grace is an incontinence product company that I love to recommend to my patients. Not only do they have a whole line of incontinence products including pads, liners, and even disposable underwear, they also have skin care products for incontinence. I love that they are a female-founded company that focuses on empowering their customers with education and normalizing bladder and sexual health!” - Ashley Rawlins, PT, DPT, Origin Clinical Learning and Development Lead
REVIVE BLADDER SUPPORT
“While there are other good bladder support options such as Poise Impressa, my patients have been loving Revive. It's a temporary bladder support that is made from a soft, flexible silicone and is reusable for up to 30 wears. It's one size fits most — so you don’t have to purchase a sizing kit like you do with other brands — and the device form fits to your body similar to a menstrual cup or a medical grade pessary, making it comfortable to wear. I like it because it's eco-friendly, budget friendly, and it does what it is supposed to: prevent bladder leaks by providing support to the bladder/urethra.” - Dr. Debbie Dy, PT, DPT
SPEAX BY THINX
“There are few products more convenient and comfy than Speax bladder leakage underwear. My patients appreciate how discreet they are - no more plastic crinkle sounds or bulky pads!” - Natalie Russel, PT, DPT, OCS, Origin Clinical Director
“Speax are a great option because they are sustainable and they have different, super cute styles to choose from!” - Beverly Miras, PT, DPT
PRICKLY PEAR ACTIVEWEAR
“The Prickly Pear workout gear is a great option if exercise causes your bladder to leak. They have shorts and legging options that look just like any other stylish option, but can absorb up to 40 milliliters of leakage while you exercise. The gear is designed to absorb liquid, while blocking odors and has a layer to prevent the leakage from being noticeable.” - Liz Miracle, PT, MPT, WCS, Origin Head of Clinical Quality and Talent
HAZEL DISPOSABLE UNDIES
“Hazel is a great option for those that prefer disposable incontinence undies. Although a bit on the expensive side, these are great because they are very thin, and you don’t feel you’re wearing a diaper, which is often the case when you’re wearing incontinence briefs. I also just love the messaging around their products which celebrates the ‘perfectly imperfect’ nature of having incontinence.” - Ashley Rawlins, PT, DPT, Origin Clinical Learning and Development Lead