Get your bounce back: ways to overcome a weakened pelvic floor and irritable bladder

Lady bouncing on trampoline
Get your bounce back: treating urinary incontinence is simple Credit: Getty

Pregnancy and childbirth left Rachael Jess with a weakened pelvic floor and irritable bladder, leaving her humiliated every time she’d sneeze or laugh. But Innovo changed all that....

The first time Rachael Jess, 44, noticed something wrong was when she was pregnant with her son Max. “Whenever I coughed or sneezed, I would leak slightly, but I just accepted it as part of getting older and a natural consequence of becoming a mum,” she says. She wore panty liners to protect her clothes, but the problem grew worse: “When Max was three years old, he asked me to bounce on the trampoline with him in my sister’s garden. I clambered up, but as soon as I took one bounce, I leaked. That’s when I realised that I could no longer play on a trampoline or a bouncy castle with my son, go for a run or even laugh with my friends because I knew what would happen.”

Jess is not alone – urinary incontinence affects one in three women; more than hay fever and asthma combined, and almost half of those women feel so embarrassed about the problem they can’t even talk to their doctor about it. It can have a huge knock-on effect on self-esteem, as Jess explains: “I couldn’t do any sort of aerobic exercise without having a problem. Rather than dealing with it, I just stopped going on jogs or to Zumba classes, and that meant I put on weight. The whole thing was a big knock to my confidence, and I felt myself retreating into my shell. It affected my whole being. Whether I was at work, out with friends or looking after Max, one sneeze could transform my mood – that niggly self-doubt really took its toll.”

Many women assume there is nothing they can do, that they will just have to live with these symptoms for the rest of their lives – that’s what Jess thought, too. Then she heard about Innovotherapy, a non-invasive way to strengthen your pelvic floor, treating the cause of urinary incontinence rather than masking the symptoms. It was the solution she had been waiting for: “I felt excited – here was the possible solution to a problem that was having a big impact on my life. If this worked, then I’d be able to play with my son on the trampoline again, instead seeing his disappointed little face fall when I made my excuses to sit by the side.”

Urinary incontinence affects one in three women; more than hay fever and asthma combined

She watched a video online at and learnt how to strap the Innovo pads around her upper thighs and bottom so that targeted impulses could activate her pelvic floor – the diamond-shaped group of muscles that runs from the pubic bone at the front to the coccyx at the back – 180 times in half an hour. Then she did exactly the same thing five times a week, for 12 weeks. After two weeks, she noticed she remained dry after sneezing. After four weeks, she was back on the trampoline, still dry after 20 minutes.

This was no fluke: results from clinical tests of Innovo show 93 per cent of users found significant improvement after four weeks, and 86 per cent were dry after 12 weeks. Jess explains, “It boosted my confidence so much that I decided to make changes to the rest of my life. I put myself on a diet and started exercising, and now I weigh less than I did before I was pregnant.”

Now Jess uses Innovo for half an hour three times a week for maintenance, and her pelvic floor is so much stronger that her symptoms have disappeared. It has transformed her life, she says: “I’m happier in myself, and my partner says I seem more relaxed. Even Max has noticed the difference – now we’ve bought a trampoline, and I’m the one asking him to come out for a bounce!”

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