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Several of my girlfriends have shared with me their experience with incontinence, but I know this issue is largely not discussed…which I think is silly because it’s so common! How many of us have had a close call while traveling, or when sneezing, or laughing? I know I have. We need to take the stigma out of talking about bladder leakage ladies because tip-toeing around this topic helps no one and leaves many women feeling alone.
November is Bladder Health Awareness month and with 40% of women over 40 experiencing bladder leaks, it’s way past time we educate women on best bladder health practices so we can start to normalize this conversation.
I’m delighted to partner with Always Discreet once again to open up this discussion because honestly, leaks are no big deal but the health of our bladder is. Bladder health expert, Dr. Renee recently shared some helpful information on behalf of Always Discreet that I want to share with you.
Stress urinary incontinence is the most common form of incontinence among women and affects 15 million adult women in the US. Approximately 23% of women over 60 deal with incontinence. Urinary incontinence is twice as prevalent in women as in men and left untreated can be debilitating. About 17% of women and 16% men over 18 have overactive bladder (OAB) and an estimated 12.2 million adults have urge incontinence.
Hello? That’s a lot of us.
So how can we help treat urinary incontinence?
- Try Kegel exercises which strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.
- Quit smoking and caffeine.
- Stay hydrated. Many women try drinking fewer fluids to improve urinary incontinence, but severely limiting fluids leads to more concentrated urine which irritates the bladder and makes things worse.
- Try Cranberry tablets and Vitamin C (no more than 1,000 mg per day) which increase the acidity of urine and can discourage infections.
For many women, no self-help procedures will eliminate bladder leaks and that’s when Always Discreet comes to the rescue. They’ve listened to the needs of women and developed a full line of pads, liners, and underwear, specifically made for bladder leak protection.
Always Discreet products have a super absorbent core that quickly turns liquid to gel, keeping you dry without all the bulk. Their OdorLock™ Technology neutralizes urine odor instantly and continuously.
Sadly, 45% of women with sensitive bladders feel older than they are and 33% lack the confidence to wear the clothes they love. Over a third of women admit the threat of bladder leaks affects their ability to travel and 62 percent report their sensitive bladder impacts their sleep*. I don’t know about you, but sleep is elusive enough without letting bladder leaks disturb it.
On behalf of Always Discreet, Dr. Renee also shared some bladder diseases that women can experience:
- Cystitis, often from an infection
- Urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control)
- Overactive Bladder, a condition when the bladder squeezes out urine at the wrong time
- Interstitial Cystitis, a chronic problem that causes bladder pain and frequent, urgent urination
- Bladder cancer
Urinary incontinence can occur as a result of some of these diseases and surprisingly, only one in six women dealing with sensitive bladder are using the correct product. In fact, 70% are using period protection¹, which isn’t designed to handle bladder leaks. Always Discreet liners absorb twice as much as menstrual liners.
With Always Discreet, you can dance with the best of them, sneeze and cough to your heart’s content and never miss a chance to laugh your head off.
Please help get this message out and share this with any women you think may be dealing with bladder leaks.
I know this is a topic many women shy away from, but I’d love you to share your thoughts in the comments. Let’s help each other out, ladies!
Thanks for reading and have a great day!
A big thank you to Always Discreet for partnering with me on this post.
- The Always Discreet US Survey was conducted using the IPSOS panel that surveyed a total of 400 American Women (aged 35 to 65 years old). Of the 400 women, 200 have experienced any urine loss, bladder weakness in the past three months and 200 had not experienced bladder weakness. Significance testing between the two groups were done at 90% confidence level. The survey was implemented between the dates of September 15, 2015 through September 25, 2015.
*In the study are 65 women with sensitive bladders who use specific products for bladder leaks. *based on average consumer loading **alt. ‘100% discretion’ to be adapted according to local guidance ¹Results from a global survey conducted by Always Discreet, and published in the British Journal of Urology International (BJUI).