Poise Impressa Bladder Supports May Injure Certain Women

Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Jan 03, 2017 in Class Action Lawsuits

Poise ImpressaThe American Academy of Physicians (AAP) reports that about 50 percent of women between the ages of 40 to 60, and nearly 75 percent of women over the age of 75, have some form of urinary incontinence.1  Those numbers could actually be higher, since urinary incontinence is typically underreported and under diagnosed.2  As a result, there is a significant market for the sale of incontinence protection products.

Certain products designed for assistance with incontinence "catch" the leaks and pull moisture away from the skin.3  Other products are devices designed to control the flow of urine by putting pressure on the tissues of the bladder.4  Until recently, most control devices have typically only been available by prescription.

In 2015, the Kimberly-Clark Corporation introduced a new product line, Poise Impressa Bladder Supports, to treat “Stress Urinary Incontinence.”  The company described its device as “an innovative over-the-counter internal solution designed to help stop leaks before they happen.”5  However, shortly thereafter a number of women complained of suffering extreme discomfort, pain and injury after using Poise Impressa Bladder Supports.

What Is Stress Urinary Incontinence?

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) occurs when muscles and tissues that support the bladder weaken.  This can cause the leaking of urine in situations such as coughing, laughing, running or lifting heavy objects.  The risk of developing SUI increases with age, weight gain and childbirth.

What Are Poise Impressa Bladder Supports?

Poise Impressa Bladder Supports are disposable, over-the-counter intra-vaginal insertion devices.  The device is inserted with a plastic applicator and has a polyester and rayon string on the end for removal.6 Kimberly-Clark Corporation describes the product as having a core “made from flexible, medical-grade silicone, surrounded with a soft, non-absorbent polypropylene covering to help make insertion and removal easy.”7  Poise Impressa is available in three sizes.8

While the device is inside the applicator, its appearance is very similar to a tampon.  Kimberly-Clark claims that “Poise Impressa Bladder Supports gently lift and support the urethra, which helps discreetly prevent urine from leaking for up to 8 hours every day.”9  

Consumer Complaints

Despite Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s claims that the product is “gentle” and designed to “to help make insertion and removal easy,” several women have sustained injury from the product.  These consumers have expressed their dissatisfaction by sharing their experiences in online reviews.  For example, the following reviews were posted on Amazon.”10

On August 22, 2015, a customer going by the screen name “Omnivore” gave the product one out of five stars and left a review entitled “Not recommended!”  She posted:
Be very careful with buying this product. There are three sizes enclosed in the package, small, medium and large. I used the small and it caused vaginal bleeding, swelling of my stomach and pain in the lower abdomen and vagina. The pain began about three hours after insertion and because of circumstance, I could not remove it for a total of eight hours. I was miserably uncomfortable and had residual soreness the next day.

On October 15, 2015, a customer going by the screen name “Callanetics Fan” gave the product one out of five stars and left a review entitled “Blood?? I don't think so...!”  She, in part, posted:

So disappointed! Tried the size 1 this morning for my workout, and sure enough, no leaks. But the insertion was uncomfortable, sitting produced sporadic twinges of pain (yes, I did check the insertion depth with my finger), and I found myself uncomfortably and unexpectedly moist after three hours of use, and not from urine. When I pulled it out, it flat out hurt -- all those stiff, wide-open arms hanging on for dear life while being dragged out -- and I was shocked to see blood spots on it. I am not about to use anything that injures my vaginal walls to the point of drawing blood more than once, let alone for the 14 days suggested.

On October 06, 2016, a customer going by the screenname “Jacqueline Keesee” gave the product one out of five stars and left a review entitled “One Star” She posted:

Most painful thing I have ever used....

On June 27, 2016, a customer going by the screenname “Beechers corner” gave the product one out of five stars and left a review entitled “... and omg the pain every time I coughed felt like a knife up inside me”  She posted:

I tried the #1 as said to and omg the pain every time I coughed felt like a knife up inside me. Then I tried to remove it and omg hurt so bad.

Never ever recommend this product.  Also I haven't had a period in over 5 yrs. I had many days of spotting.  And I still hurt days after I took it out.

On January 22, 2016, a customer going by the screenname “Librarian” gave the product one out of five stars and left a review entitled “Not for me” She posted:

I found it very uncomfortable and when removing it, it was stuck to the flesh. It caused me to bleed.  I will not use them.

In addition to the numerous online complaints about the product, certain women have required medical attention as the result of the injuries they sustained while using Poise Impressa Bladder Supports.  

If you or someone you love was injured by using Poise Impressa Bladder Supports, contact the knowledgeable product liability attorneys at the Arnold Law Firm today.  We will listen carefully to your case and determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit to recover for your injuries.  All of our consultations are free, and we only get paid if you win.

Arnold Law Firm Taking Action

The Arnold Law Firm represents two women alleging they were injured when their Poise Impressa Bladder Supports became lodged, painful, and impossible to remove without care at the Emergency Room.  We have filed lawsuits that demand Kimberly-Clark take corrective action to prevent this from happening to other women.  We have alleged that the products are not appropriately labeled, putting women’s health at risk.  (Whether the product should even be sold in the first place is an open question.)  While we care about obtaining appropriate monetary recoveries for our clients, it is just as important to us and our clients to put an end to these unnecessary injuries and profiteering and the expense of women’s health.  If you or someone you know has been injured by the Poise Impressa, please contact us today and let us know.  Even if you do not want to file a lawsuit, it is helpful for us to find witnesses willing to tell the court that this needs to stop.

Filing a Poise Impressa Lawsuit—We Can Help

When consumers are injured by dangerous products, the manufacturer should be held accountable for producing and selling a product it knew, or should have known, posed certain risks of injury to consumers.

At the Arnold Law Firm, we have seen firsthand the problems that companies cause by manufacturing dangerous products.  Our experienced product liability lawyers can help all victims hold these companies legally accountable for their harmful actions.

We are also dedicated to helping injured parties retain their dignity, while enforcing their legal rights.  Let us determine if you are entitled to file a Poise Impressa Bladder Support lawsuit, and let us help you get the justice you deserve.


1 http://annals.org/aim/article/1905131/nonsurgical-management-urinary-incontinence-women-clinical-practice-guideline-from-american

2 Ibid.

3 These products include, among others, liners, pads, and disposable underwear.

4 These products are typically known as pessaries.

5 http://investor.kimberly-clark.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=932759

6 http://www.poise.com/products/impressa/faq/what-are-poise-impressa-bladder-supports-made-of

7 Ibid.

8 Ibid.

9 http://investor.kimberly-clark.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=932759

10 https://www.amazon.com/Poise-Impressa-Incontinence-Bladder-Supports/product-reviews/B010HKI4HS/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_hist_1?ie=UTF8&filterByStar=one_star&reviewerType=avp_only_reviews&showViewpoints=0&pageNumber=1

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