For thousands of Australian women, their deepest, darkest secret doesn’t revolve around their age or dress size, but rather an experience that is common among females of all ages: Light Bladder Leakage (LBL).
LBL can affect women of all ages and it is very common amongst women pre and post pregnancy. Because women don’t tend to talk about it, it may be hard to find the information that you need to help manage LBL – But help is available. There is a rescue!
The Poise Health Pulse, new research conducted by Kimberly-Clark, has identified women’s confidence is being unnecessarily impacted by LBL with nearly 2 in 3 (58 per cent) admitting they find it difficult to feel confident, impacting everything from their clothing choices to their relationships.
Of the 1 in 3 Australian women who suffer from light bladder leakage, 15 per cent choose to wear darker colours while 8 per cent wear daggy underwear to hide leakage, preventing them from wearing their favourite clothing. 16% of women with light bladder leakage are putting their sexy lingerie away in favour of less attractive options because of this loss of confidence.
Everyone knows, when you look good, you feel confident. The reality is many women are dressing down to hide their LBL, when they can be taking some simple and discreet steps to overcome the problem. Bladder leakage isn’t something you have to put up with and it certainly shouldn’t have a negative impact on your life.
Here is a list of tips that might help:
Keep a healthy balance of fluids – it may come as a surprise that not drinking enough liquid can also lead to leakage and bladder health problems. If you don’t have enough fluids urine can become more concentrated and that can be irritating to the bladder and increase urgency. But remember you don’t want to drink too much liquid either. Try drinking the majority of your fluids during the earlier parts of the day and not so much at night. It’s about striking the right balance.
Schedule bathroom trips – plan how regularly you need to go to the bathroom so you can be prepared with where your nearest toilet is located. If you’re visiting somewhere new find out if there is a directory or ask a staff member who can point out where the bathrooms are. You can also access the National toilet map on the internet at australia.gov.au/service/public-toilet-map
Pelvic floor exercises – These exercises when done regularly will strengthen the muscles that support the bladder and therefore help prevent urine leakage and the feeling of urgency that comes with incontinence
Cutting back on caffeine and alcohol – Alcohol and caffeine are diuretics which can be irritating to the bladder. Limiting caffeine and alcohol intake may help reduce light bladder leakage symptoms. If you can’t go without that morning coffee to kick start your day try slowly moving to decaf.
Wear the right product – many women wear the wrong products which can have a huge impact on your comfort and your confidence. There is a range of discreet Poise feminine care products designed specifically for light bladder leakage that absorb liquid and reduce potential odour.