5 Myths About Bladder Leaks Stealing Your Confidence
Have you noticed your bladder doing something ‘different’ these days? Maybe you might’ve noticed that you pee a little when you sneeze or laugh really hard. Or, maybe the urge to go has become stronger and stronger and you feel like your bladder is losing control. Not only can these experiences be inconvenient and embarrassing, but they can also be confusing when you don’t fully understand what’s going on.
Urinary incontinence (UI) is an involuntary loss of urine and it happens to women more often than you may know. According to research, 1 in 2 African-American women experience some degree of bladder leakage, so trust, you are not alone.
“Many women feel uncomfortable broaching the subject of urinary incontinence with even their doctor,” Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman, a Chicago-based board certified obstetrician/gynecologist and one half of the popular Twin Doctors TV duo, told BlackDoctor.org. He explained, “Women suffering from incontinence are not only not alone, they may actually be part of a very silent majority.”
But, it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one living with incontinence when we aren’t really talking about it. Let’s change that! The best way to take control of the situation is to learn the facts. Here are some of the most common myths and the truths that will help you get back to focusing on more than what your bladder is doing.
MYTH: Needing to go all the time is a normal part of getting older.
Many things happen as we age, but incontinence isn’t always one of them. “While urinary incontinence is seen more commonly in women over the age of 40, aging in and of itself doesn’t mean that one will develop UI,” said Dr. Abdur-Rahman.
People of all ages can face symptoms depending on their genetics, lifestyle and pelvic health/bladder strength. After childbirth, young women may experience bladder leakage as a result of the pregnancy and labor affecting their pelvic floor. Women may also experience incontinence from conditions like diabetes and obesity, or with the start of menopause.
MYTH: You can’t be active with incontinence.
A leaky bladder doesn’t need to keep you at home in fear. You can maintain and enjoy your daily activities and do things like exercise and travel. In fact, UI can be made worse by a lack of physical activity and poor physical conditioning, Dr. Abdur-Rahman said. In addition to doing pelvic floor exercises to build strength, you can also use products specially designed for bladder leaks. The Always Discreet line of incontinence products are designed to not only protect with high absorption capacity, but they also fit discreetly under clothes. The pads and liners are thin and flexible to move with you, and the underwear hugs every curve so you barely feel like you’re wearing any protection.