Bladder leaks? Female incontinence? Grab some coffee and let’s chat! Kind of embarrassing to talk about, right? But did you know that 1-in-3 women experience bladder leaks? That’s 33 percent of us! For African-American women, the number goes up to 1-in-2! It’s not always fun to talk about managing bladder leaks or an overactive bladder. But it’s okay. Let’s rip that band-aid off and talk about the best way to manage female bladder leaks and what products you’ll need on hand. Bladder leaks are a normal part of life. Whether it’s caused by aging or motherhood, an active bladder is not so uncommon and it’s not something to be embarrassed by. I experienced bladder leaks after my babies were born. I gained a lot of weight with each of my pregnancies. Almost 60 pounds with my daughter. That’s a lot of weight for anyone, especially someone with a small frame like me. Needless to say, for months after she was born, anything from a sneeze to a funny joke could make me experience a little leak here or there. What was a girl to do? Well I wasn’t prepared and I wasn’t knowledgeable. I’m happy to share some tips with you if you also experience bladder leaks. If you have a question, have additional tips, or just want to vent about managing your bladder leaks, be sure to leave a comment!
4 Tips for Managing Bladder Leaks
- It’s okay to talk about it. Seems like women can talk about everything except this. It’s okay to talk about it. After all, we know that many women experience bladder problems for a variety of reasons.
- Cough less. Don’t get caught in the cough, cough, leak, leak cycle. You can reduce stress on your bladder by cutting down on the coughing. Take cough drops, use a humidifier, drink hot tea on a regular basis. Coughing adds stress to your pelvic floor, weakening your muscles and causing more bladder leaks.
- Do Kegel exercises. Kegel exercises helped me reduce bladder leakage by training my muscles. These pelvic floor muscle exercises are a form of muscle training and worked for me. Here’s a great how-to article on how to do Kegel exercises.
- Have the right products on hand. Although many women experience bladder leaks, only 1-in-9 use incontinence products. Because I didn’t know any better, I used regular menstrual panty liners. Take it from me, that was not the right move. Always Discreet has feminine, discreet bladder leak protection products designed just for bladder leaks that can enable women to live their lives to the fullest and without compromise. The line includes pads and underwear for those who need more protection.
Why is using Always Discreet better than a menstrual liner? Always Discreet product benefits:
- Absorbency- Always Discreet has RapidDry™ technology that turns liquid to gel, something pads intended for your period cannot do.
- Leak Guard protection – Do you use menstrual pads with wings? They may work for that time of the month but will not give you the protection you need for bladder leaks. Always Discreet pads have full-length Double LeakGuards™ that help stop leaks at the legs where they happen most.
- Odor Protection – Always Discreet’s OdorLock™ technology helps trap and neutralize the odors specific to urine.
- Thinness – No need to give your secret away or avoid those skinny jeans. Always Discreet pads are up to 45% thinner than the leading incontinence brand.
- Comfort – Always Discreet underwear has a 360 FormFit™ design with a contoured core that hugs your curves for a smooth, comfortable fit, unlike bulky adult diapers.
Well that was easy, wasn’t it? Thanks for joining me in this conversation! Remember, leave your comments below!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Always Discreet. The opinions and text are all mine.