Contiform Pessary Starter Pack for Bladder Weakness
- Vaginal pessary pack supports the urethra preventing leaks especially during exercise
- Can be used in the case of mild prolapse if you can retain a tampon to prevent stress incontinence
- Contiform pessary pack contains one of each size so you can find what's right for you
- Includes all you need to get started, including instructions and removal ribbon
- Contiform device is a CE Approved, Class 2a Medical Device
Bladder weakness is a common condition that you don't have to simply 'put up with'
Around one in three women will suffer from some form of incontinence at some point in their lives. Contiform (formally known as IncoFree) will help you to regain control of your bladder and take control of your life. Contiform pessary is a soft vaginal pessary that works by applying gentle pressure on your urethra to stop those embarrassing leaks, it is especially helpful during exercise, after all - why should you have to stop keeping fit and healthy because of bladder weakness?
Contiform can be worn all day, every day if required, or can be just worn during exercise if this is when you find you have problems. The starter pack is the ideal place to start if you're not sure what size is best for you. This handy pack includes everything you need to get started, including one of each size of pessary, a removal ribbon and instructions for use.
By wearing Contiform, you can free yourself from wearing pads and liners and deal with bladder weakness in a discreet and comfortable way. It also works in conjunction with conventional pelvic floor exercises to make them more effective and improve your muscle tone in the long-term.
To try for size, select the Contiform in the Medium size first. The Medium size is clearly marked with an 'M'.
To insert, line the taller back part of Contiform up with the back of your vaginal opening and insert. Contiform is a curved, L shaped device, the front of the curve should face the front wall of the vagina.
Once inserted, you should feel comfortable and experience no urinary leaks. If you do not feel comfortable or have difficulties emptying your bladder, whilst wearing the medium sized Contiform, remove it and try the Small size, marked 'S'. Alternatively, try the Large size, if you find that you are still leaking, when fitted with the Medium size.
Frequently Asked Questions about Contiform (IncoFree)
Can Contiform be used with an IUD inserted? - No - this is because there's a risk the coil could be displaced when the Contiform is removed. The risk of this is reduced is the threads of the coil are shorter, but check with your Family Planning doctor before using Contiform.
Do I need to remove Contiform when going to the toilet? - No.
Can the device be used while menstruating? - Yes!
Do you need to lubricate before insertion? - No, simply moisten the device with water before insertion.
Can you have intercourse while wearing Contiform? - No.
You shouldn't use Contiform (or IncoFree) if:
- You are pregnant
- You have an IUD (Coil)
- During intercourse
- Within 2 months of having a baby
- If you have a vaginal or bladder infection or vaginal soreness
Contiform is a CE Approved, Class 2a Medical Device.
How common is stress urinary incontinence (SUI)?
It is estimated that up to 1 in 3 women today suffer to some degree with
stress incontinence. This can affect women of all ages and may occur at any time, but often starts in pregnancy, after childbirth, or during menopause.
What causes stress urinary incontinence?
Stress incontinence is caused by weakness in the pelvic floor muscles which allows leakage during ordinary, everyday activities such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, lifting, or when you are most active.
Who can use Contiform vaginal pessary?
Any woman who has stress incontinence. Women who decline surgery or are not suitable for surgery can use the contiform device. Women who want more children or are waiting for surgery can also benefit from contiform.
Contiform is unsuitable for moderate to severe prolapse.
When do I use Contiform and how long does it last?
You can wear Contiform all day, or use it only when you are exercising
With everyday use Contiform will last up to 30 days. If used only 2 or 3 times a week the device will last more than 30 days.
How does Contiform work?
Contiform is an intravaginal device shaped like a hollow tampon. Made of medical grade Santaprene.
Contiform can be easily inserted and removed by a user, in much the same way you would insert and remove a tampon.
Contiform is softly contoured to be worn discreetly and comfortably inside the vagina to support the urethra and restore your body’s natural anatomy
Choosing the correct size Contiform pessary for you:.
Initially try the medium size. Ensure the front of the device rests behind the pubic bone and the back of the device sits under/behind the cervix.
Cough, jump or run to check for any leakage and movement. If there is still leakage or movement you will need to fit a large size. Some women prefer to try Contiform in the privacy of their home. Consequently, we recommend that they consult their Healthcare Profession
al, Nurse Continence Advisor before using Contiform
How do I know when to replace?
The contiform device is manufactured with a slit in the inside of the collar. This is to aid the folding and squeezing prior to insertion. The slit also acts as a gauge as to when the device should be replaced. Over
30 days the slit will develop over the top of the collar which compromises the efficacy. This is when the device should be replaced.
How do I clean Contiform?
Wash with warm water and unperfumed soap and rinse well before the first and subsequent uses.
Do I have to use the contiform device removal ribbon?
No. But it will make the removal easier similar to removing a tampon.
Can Contiform be used if the patient has prolapse?
If the patient can retain a tampon, then the Contiform MAY help
in the prevention of stress urinary incontinence”.
“The device is not designed to elevate prolapse (i.e., patients with prolapse usually cannot retain a tampon) “
Reference: Clinical Paper Update:the Contiform” intravaginal device in four sizes for the treatment of stress incontinence W.A.Allen et al Int Urogynecol J (3008)
Why does the Contiform have a split inside the collar?
To avoid any possibility of obstruction to the urinary flow rate, Contiform
dies were improved to create an inherent weakness in the anterior ring (the collar) of the device. This allows Contiform to be more easily folded for insertion into the vagina, and reduces any excess pressure on the bladder neck which could affect the flow rate.
“.....Contiform does not have a significant obstructive effect, although three (3) individuals noted a significant reduction in the flow rate when using a new device – after approximately 48 hrs a softening of the device was noted and flow appeared to normalize thereafter”.
Reference: Clinical Paper The Contiform Incontinence Device
|Recommended For||Vaginal pessary for stress incontinence and extra pelvic floor support.|
|Included Contents||3 Contiform Vaginal Pessaries (Small, Medium, Large), Instructions, Removal Ribbon|
|Material||Soft Body-Safe Plastic|
|User Manual||View and/or Download the Contam New User Kit FAQ's|