Involuntary urine loss is a sensitive problem that mainly affects women. LifeSense designed an innovative absorbent underwear with a portable sensor and a personal training program that straightens the pelvic muscle of the user.
Often referred to as stress incontinence, involuntary urine loss can occur when pressure on the bladder is increased. This can happen when running, coughing, sneezing, jumping, lifting or even laughing. Due to the inconvenience and embarrassment, many women give up physical exercise. However, with the right product, involuntary loss of urine can be treated successfully and permanently, allowing more women to continue to participate in sport and compétitions.
Carin is an innovative product consisting of an absorbent underwear with a portable sensor and a personal training program. The portable sensor measures the severity of urine loss related to an activity. Based on these results, a personal pelvic muscle training program is developed. During the program, progress can be monitored via a special app while the comfortable and washable underwear offers the necessary leakage protection. Within three to six months, women are able to resume their usual daily activities without having to worry about involuntary urine loss.
Behind the scenes
Carin was developed by LifeSense. This innovative startup was founded in 2015 following the successful completion of the Startupbootcamp HighTechXL program in Eindhoven.
It combines specialists in various fields: Holst Centre, a worldwide renowned R&D centre, the designer Julia Veldhuijzen van Zanten, who won the new material award in 2014 with her thesis on washable, textile protective underwear, and Maura Seleme, internationally-oriented and distinguished pelvic floor dysfunctions therapist and trainer. The Managing Director and initiator, Valer Pop, and Marketing Manager, Karen van der Kolk complete the team.
Making a difference
With Carin, LifeSense hopes to break the stigma associated with stress incontinence. The first clinical trials are currently running in cooperation with Bary Berghmans of the Pelvic care Center of Maastricht University Medical Center.
Managing Director and initiator, Valer Pop stated, “Carin’s strength lies in the years of experience of our team of specialists. Carin is truly unique in that it allows women to continuously measure their progress and adjust their training program. With this product, I really hope to make a difference in our society!”
Carin will be available in the Netherlands starting September.