If there’s one issue which unites many women and yet is rarely discussed, it’s having a sensitive bladder and coping with the occasional leaks that come with it.
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It’s a problem which is very common after childbirth and as we enter our later years when our bodies naturally change as we get older. In fact more than 40 million women of all ages in America alone experience bladder leaks, ranging from those who are middle aged or menopausal, to those who have been pregnant, or are overweight or diabetic.
And in the hot summer weather, it’s even more of a challenge for us to stay dry and fresh at the times when it’s most important to us whether at work or on holiday, attending a summer wedding or graduation ceremony or even a hot date.
Having a sensitive bladder also affects your choice of wardrobe - one pieces, playsuits, jumpsuits - anything it takes an age to get out of are no-no's and you can hardly wear your sexiest underwear or anything in a light, bright colour.
My bladder has always been sensitive. It’s a family joke that I am unable to travel more than 20 miles without needing a toilet. And the Husband is now very familiar with most of the motorway service stations between Cardiff and Plymouth whilst he would think nothing of travelling the length of the country without stopping for more than 5 minutes and a quick coffee.
Having a love of tea and coffee (both diuretics) really hasn’t helped either but I have managed to kick my Diet Coke habit (which is another bladder irritant).
I was doing fine until I had kids. I had two caesarians 18 months apart and whilst I was blithely confident that, despite this procedure being a pretty hefty piece of surgery I would recover entirely, I suspect that the pregnancies themselves have left a legacy of a bladder which is prone to leak slightly when I cough, sneeze or if I go for too long without a loo break.
I know that some women experience a slight leakage when they laugh as well and I have occasionally had this problem. Mind you, the Husband says I have suffered a catastrophic sense of humour failure since having kids and it certainly feels like that some days!
Exercising is another activity which can trigger a leak, again, if I haven’t had a loo stop before starting the class.
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Always Discreet helps you to cope with the natural body changes that are part of being a woman, so that you are not held back from the activities you love.
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Do you suffer from a sensitive bladder? Share your story below. The more of us who open up about this problem, the more women like us will have the confidence to address the problem.
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