Please see below a selection of devices that can be purchased online.
We do not prescribe or formally recommend the use of these as there is very limited evidence to support their effectiveness, however we appreciate patients may still wish to explore alternative self-management options. These devices are not available via
These small plugs are inserted into the urethra by women to prevent leakage, and are removed prior to urination. They tend to be uncomfortable and carry a high risk of urinary tract infection, and so are not a popular form of incontinence treatment.
Bladder neck support devices
This device is a flexible ring with two ridges. Once inserted into the vagina, the ridges press against the vaginal walls and support the urethra.
By lifting the bladder neck, it provides better bladder control in women suffering from stress incontinence. The device needs to be sized to fit, and must be removed and cleaned after urination.
Vaginal bladder support
Internal vaginal devices are placed inside the vagina to support the bladder neck or compress the urethra and thereby reduce or prevent leakage. They carry the same risks as the devices previously mentioned.
Urethral seal pads
These are adhesive foam pads which women place over the urethral opening. The pad creates a seal and prevents the leakage of urine, providing incontinence treatment.
The pad is removed before urination and replaced with a new one afterwards. The pad can be worn during exercise or physical activity, but shouldn’t be worn during sexual intercourse. They should only be used to manage stress incontinence.
They are associated with the same risks as all the devices.
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