Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Opening up about bladder sensitivity

It’s one of those issues we rarely talk about with our nearest and dearest but often after pregnancy things can be a bit tricky downstairs, you may notice if you giggle too hard, cough or sneeze you have a little leak!  You might feel mortified at the time but adult incontinence is actually quite a common problem, effecting over 3.5 million British women.   It’s more than likely many of your friends have the exact same problem themselves but have felt too embarrassed to open up about it.

Always Discreet want to empower women so they do not feel they have to suffer in silence instead finding the courage to openly discuss the issue with others.  Sadly for many it is having a big effect on their lives, impacting their self-confidence and general outlook on life.  Many even feeling older than they are because of the condition, according to the research carried out by Always Discreet.  I think it’s vitally important to get involved in the campaign and spread the word to hopefully reassure women it’s going to be okay.

The birth of my eldest was quite traumatic I had a planned cut then additional tearing and had to go to the operating theatre afterwards for corrective surgery.  The consultant did warn me that I could have a problem with adult incontinence because of the extent of the damage.  I was quite fortunate and healed well, but it was a big concern at the time, so I am keen to help open up a conversation about an issue that can easily affect anyone.

Always Discreet have created a film with documentary maker Flora Berkeley all about adult incontinence filled with real women’s stories of their own experiences.  It’s one valuable way of breaking the taboo of bladder sensitivity and encouraging more to reach out for support from others.  You really feel like you can relate to the women talking and make a real connection with what they are going through.  The video does give you the strength to get help from your GP.  I found my midwife to be extremely supportive suggesting pelvic floor muscle exercises to improve matters whilst I recovered.

Additionally the film emphasised that with the right Feminine care products women can continue to feel attractive and carry on their lives as normal.  Christina Turner, Always Discreet Brand Manager said of the Always Discreet for Sensitive Bladder product “they are ultra thin while providing the protection women need, meaning that they can dress and move confidently without the worry of leaks”.

Campaign Ambassador and GP Dr Sarah Jarvis has lots of worthwhile advice to help improve the condition.  Apparently our bladders are trainable and their holding capacity can be built up over time, which is very reassuring if you constantly have to sprint to the toilet in a panic!  Sadly your glass of wine or cup of tea habit could also be irritating your sensitive bladder so consider trying a break from caffeinated and alcoholic drinks to see if you notice an improvement.  But most of all share your feelings, talk it through with someone.

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