Hello Sassy Peeps,
As life continues on, I notice that the older I get, that daring bold woman who was hidden for so long has been showing herself to the world. YOLO and why waste it by being someone you are not. This has been my motto lately and I WAS definitely owning it to the fullest. However, while I was owning it and living my best life something strange happened! Whenever I laughed too hard or had a nasty cough, I felt a bladder leak, when I sneezed, I felt bladder leaks, when I danced, I felt bladder leaks…eeekkkkkk!
OK needless to say I ignored it the first few times, and when it wouldn’t go away I instantly got annoyed and started to really feel sorry for myself. The only thing I could think was, “Oh wow! I finally started to live my best life and now this!”
Now I do have a confession to make, my other-mother has this same issue. For years, I always wondered why such an attractive woman never dated. I remember after she and my father divorced, several different gentlemen tried to pursue her but she would always decline. Then one day I decided to ask her why she never accepted any of the invitations. She told me that for decades she has experienced bladder leaks when she sneezes, coughs, dances and laughs. She went on to explain that it got even worse after she had my brother. The sad truth is that she told me she was actually interested in a few of the men that asked her out to a date, but because she didn’t have the proper protection, and she leaks when she dances and laughs, she declined.
So, when I asked what she has been using all this time to protect her against these leaks, she told me regular menstrual pads – pointing out that at times even participating in day-to-day activities can be tough to handle. As soon as she started to explain things made a lot more sense. She said that after doing a little research, she discovered that bladder leaks are a totally normal part of life, and this experience is nothing to be embarrassed by and certainly not a topic to avoid. She continued by telling me that stumbling upon a few Always Discreet products that are uniquely designed for bladder leak protection. This product line includes liners and pads in addition to bladder leak underwear, and how much they truly changed her life. Now with the proper protection, she can go out and live her best life without fear #YayYou!
While I was incredibly happy when she opened up to me and explained her situation, it didn’t exactly change my outlook on bladder leaks, it is a big change that your body is going through and honestly it takes time to come to grips with it! I was still in the mind-set of, “if I just ignore it, it will go away!”
Then it happened while I was at an auto event chatting it up with friends. I was having a fabulous time and when I laughed…BAM, Ms. Leaks reared her ugly head yet AGAIN!
Although no one knew what happened I was so embarrassed. As soon as I returned home, I called my OM to discuss. She confirmed what I had been thinking the entire ride home; that is it time to get REAL about my situation. First off, it is not as bad as I was making it out to be. Remember, OM let me know that this is a totally normally thing women go through. Second, it is obvious that I am not alone, incontinence is SUPER COMMON, especially for African American women, 1 out of every 2 experience bladder leaks – WOW!
I kept thinking to myself, if it’s really that common why aren’t more people talking about it? Then I thought back to my talk with OM and how she had already done all the research on what I could do to keep my leaks under control – so all I had to do was run out and grab some Always Discreet products from my favorite store.
See the truth is, when women think about the incontinence aisle, our minds often goes right to “adult-diapers.” So instead, most women do what I had done in the past to protect against leaks and head to the feminine care aisle and pick up some menstrual pads or liners, these products don’t provide the right kind of protection we need. In fact, Always Discreet liners are 2X more absorbent than menstrual liners1 because they are specifically designed to protect against bladder leaks!
Check out some more great facts from the Always Discreet brand below:
What are Bladder Leaks:
Bladder leaks are a reality for 1 in 3 women in the US, but only 1 in 7 are wearing the right protection.1 Always, the global leader in feminine protection, is revolutionizing the way women manage their sensitive bladders with Always Discreet. The product line is available in liners, pads and form-fitting underwear that offers the perfect combination of incredible comfort, protection and discretion. Always Discreet helps women with bladder leaks live their lives without compromise, because they now have a choice in protection that comes without trade-offs. Always Discreet liners, pads, and underwear are dermatologically tested.
⦁ 1 in 3 women experience bladder leaks1
⦁ It’s even more prevalent in African American women with 1 in 2 experiencing leaks1
Always Discreet Product Benefits:
⦁ Always Discreet liners absorb 2x more than menstrual liners for the women that are currently using period liners as a source of protection for bladder leaks1
⦁ Exclusive OdorLock™ technology neutralizes up to 100% of odors to help you feel fresh1
⦁ Unique RapidDry™ Protection absorbs leaks and odors in seconds1
Now that both my Other Mother and I have discovered Always Discreet, we have started to participate in day-to-day activities again and resume our dating lives with confidence! How do you deal with bladder leaks? Have you tried Always Discreet yet? Inquiring minds would like to know.
Have A Happy Healthy Day, and Remember to Always…Stay Sassy!
1Fem Care AI analysis – Nielson Homescan Panel ending Mach 2012 looking a Fem Care purchases in HH 50+ that have no teenagers at home.