Management Products for Women
In addition to absorbent products, female external urinary devices may be an option to manage bladder control problems.
Urethral Inserts: These inserts are designed to prevent urine leakage in women. It consists of a narrow silicone tube entirely encased in a soft, thin, silicone sleeve. A disposable applicator is used for insertion.
Female Urinals: Urinals are useful for those who have restricted mobility including post-stroke limitations. Urinals of various designs exist and are sold primarily through home health stores and mail order catalogs. There are designs that work for women.
Pessaries: Pessaries come in various shapes and sizes and are placed in a woman's vagina to support the bladder and/or to compress the urethra. Pessaries are selected and fitted by gynecologists and some nurse specialists and are available by prescription only. Often they are changed and cleaned by a health provider, but most women learn how to do this themselves. Sometimes several pessary shapes may need to be tried before the one that is most comfortable and most effective is found. Even the most experienced healthcare provider takes a trial and error approach to fitting and sizing a pessary.