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Did you know that 1 out of 3 women suffers from light bladder leakage (LBL) or Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) when laughing, coughing, dancing, sneezing, or exercising? I was that 1 out of the 3 women, who suffered in shameful silence with LBL for years.
My earliest memory of SUI was shortly after having my second child. I remember trying to do step aerobics, only to have an “accident” stop me in the middle of my exercise routine. I felt so embarrassed and avoided physical activity that could trigger leakage. By the time I had my fourth child, LBL had taken over my life and all physical activity had become non-existent. However, everything is about to change! Thanks to Poise Impressa and some helpful tips to prevent a leaky bladder, I’m getting back into exercising and leading a more confident life.
Tip 1: Talk to your doctor
It took me years to even bring up SUI to my doctor. Yes, years! No one I knew ever talked about LBL and I felt embarrassed. I mean, who wants to talk about peeing in their pants?! But I finally did it and I wish I had done it sooner because I missed out on a lot of family activities. Plus, talking to my doctor helped me rule out any serious medical issues and put my mind at ease.
Tip 2: Strengthen Pelvic muscles
Childbirth, pregnancy, excess weight, age, surgery, and other things can weaken pelvic muscles. Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles by doing Kegel exercises. Kegel exercises can be done in many positions, but one of my favorite Kegel exercise positions is done laying on my back while lifting up my buttocks (I’m using my hands to take pictures, but your hands should be at your sides). Not only am I able to work on strengthening my pelvic muscles, but I can firm my back side too!
- Lay on back with your hands to the sides. Bend knees.
- Contract pelvic muscles* while lifting the buttocks. Hold for 5 seconds**.
- Release pelvic muscles while lowering the buttocks. Relax for 5 seconds.
- Repeat steps 2 & 3. Aim for 3 reps. and 10 sets daily.
*Pelvic muscles help stop the flow of urine. These are the muscles you want to exercise. Do not do Kegel exercises while urinating.
**Start with 5 seconds of contraction and relaxation of the pelvic muscles. Work up to a 10-second contraction and relaxation time.
Tip 3: Diet changes
Caffeine, artificial sweeteners, tea, alcohol, and soda can increase the need to urinate. Spicy, sugary, and acidic foods can also contribute to an increased need to urinate. Be willing to eliminate or reduce the foods that you notice contribute to your LBL. My trigger is caffeine, so I’m willing to decrease my intake or avoid caffeine if I plan to work out or do physical activity.
Tip 4: Lose excess weight
Excess weight pressing down on the bladder and pelvic muscles can contribute to LBL. Diet changes and exercise can help shed pounds to relieve pelvic pressure.
Tip 5: Poise Impressa
Before finding Poise Impressa bladder supports, I was using panty liners to catch any “accidental” bladder leaks. Liners were fine, but constantly having to worry about LBL when I coughed, sneezed, or exercised was exhausting and uncomfortable.
Unlike panty liners, Poise Impressa bladder supports are a soft flexible insert that looks like a tampon* but are made to prevent light bladder leakage before it happens. I can even wear the bladder supports for up to 8 hours within a 24 hour period and can use the bathroom without removing them. Amazing, right?!
*Do not use Poise Impressa supports during menstrual cycles or during pregnancy. Visit the Poise Impressa introduction page for more information.
I found the Poise Impressa bladder supports sizing kit online at CVS. The sizing kit comes with 3 different sized supports, an instruction booklet, and a Poise Impressa coupon.
By following the kit instruction booklet, I was easily able to find the right size bladder support for me. But want to know the best part of using Poise Impressa bladder supports and these helpful tips? I no longer worry about SUI and can once again have the confidence to get physical without the fear of a leaky bladder.
What activity has Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) prevented you from doing? How would these tips and Poise Impressa bladder supports change your #LifeAfterLeaks?