Meeting In The Ladies Room: What Every Woman Should Know About Bladder Leaks

Ladies, why is it that our best conversations seem to happen in the bathroom? The bathroom is where we can vent about a date gone bad, do the “ugly cry” over a breakup in like-minded company or swap beauty tips with friends and strangers. The bathroom is where we can let our guards down and take care of business – figuratively and literally.

Consider this page a virtual ladies room. Come on in, shut the door and let’s talk real. Today’s topic? Bladder leaks.

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Now, don’t shush me! We really do need to talk about this. If you’re experiencing urinary incontinence (UI), which is the involuntary loss of urine, you’re not alone. You may not know this, but you’ll be comforted to know it’s pretty common, particularly among Black women. Research shows that 1 in 2 African-American women have some level of bladder leakage. Even more comforting is the fact that it is manageable and treatable.

With it being so common, you’d think we’d be talking about it as freely as we talk about where we go to get waxed or who does our hair. But, if you’ve lived with incontinence you know it can be challenging to talk about when you don’t understand why it’s happening. You may feel embarrassed, afraid, alone and confused.

Allow this conversation to shed some light. You’re not going through this alone. Here’s a few things every woman should know about bladder leaks.

There Are Different Types

Three of the most common types of urinary incontinence are stress incontinence, urge incontinence and mixed incontinence. Activities you do every day may actually cause your urine to leak.

Stress incontinence happens when movements like laughing, sneezing, coughing or physical activity put pressure – or stress – on the bladder and cause urine leakage.

Urge incontinence is when you have a strong, urgent desire to pee and the urine leaks. Involuntary bladder contractions are a common cause of urge incontinence. Simple things like touching water, hearing water, drinking small amounts of water or being in a cold environment could trigger it.

As the name suggests, mixed incontinence is when you experience a mix of stress and urge incontinence together.

There Are Products Made Just for Bladder Leaks

So, what’s a woman to do when it comes to bladder leaks? There are products made specifically for incontinence, designed to be worn discretely under your clothes, but only 1 in 7 women use them. Instead, some women choose to use the same pads and liners they wear during their period. Although they are similar to wearing period pads, incontinence pads are not the same.

The pads you use for your period are specifically made for menstrual flow and likewise, urinary incontinence products, like the Always Discreet line of products, are made to handle bladder leaks. Always Discreet liners absorb 2x more than the leading period liners, and even the lowest absorbency Always Discreet pad absorbs 4x more than the leading Always period pad of equivalent size.

Also, Always Discreet products are the only ones designed with special technology to neutralize odor, so you don’t have to feel self-conscious. They are also easy to dispose of in the waste basket; no fuss, no mess.