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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Raw Truth About (my) Bladder Control Issues #DependFitFlex

The first time it happened I was completely horrified and shocked.  And, of course it always happens when you are away from home or at the most inopportune moments.   For me, it began as an urgency and the need to make it to the washroom to empty my bladder - STAT.  Soon, it progressed to small leaks that might happen with I sneezed or coughed.  The end game was full out wetting my pants. 

I am referring to bladder control issues, a taboo subject in our society.  

My granny had bladder control issues, but she was a old lady.  I am a mom of three  active children.   Incontinence is not something which I have time for, and it's not something which I am going to let take control over my life.

Let's face it, having loss of bladder control is embarrassing. I am not about to share my issues with you and I rather doubt you want to hear them either.  But, it doesn't have to be that way!

Did you know that one out of ten Canadians is dealing with incontinence?  That means around 3.3 million Canadians are affected by bladder control issues. 

I think my issues are caused by a number of factors including childbirth, just naturally getting older and having a back injury, which can cause loss of bladder control.   My bladder control issues are sporadic.   I can go for several days at a time and have no issues whatsoever,  I can completely forget that there could even be an issue.  Then, out of nowhere I find myself not being able to get myself to a washroom in time.  Sometimes it is just a little dampness in my panties, other times, I find myself needing a complete new outfit of clothing and cleaning a puddle up off the floor.   I went to my doctor with my concerns and he prescribed a medication.  The medication helped, but I've taken so many prescription medications for other ailments that I prefer not to add another to my regime.

Luckily, I've found other ways to cope with my incontinence.

Tips to Better Living with Bladder Control Issues

  • Get some exercise. Find time for regular exercise that includes cardio, and strength training.  Exercise, especially targeted on the pelvic floor muscles can improve overall urinary tract health.  
  • Reduce stress.  Stress can lead to inflammation in our bodies - in particular, our bladders.  
  • Eat a healthy diet.  Stay clear of foods and beverages that are known to irritate the bladder like caffeine, alcohol and refined sugars.  
  • Make time for intimacy.  Sexual activity increases blood flow and nerve stimulation to the pelvic region while improving bladder muscle strength and control. 
  • Try a inconspicuous product to help give freedom and confidence.  Depend Underwear with new Fit-Flex protection is discreet and comfortable. 

With Depend for Woman I can once again get out and enjoy normal activities without worry. 

Depend underwear is giving me back some of my dignity and no one will ever know.  These are not my granny's adult diapers - these are new and advanced, super comfy and have given me back my confidence to do what I want, when I want. 

Depend underwear are made for women like myself, in mind!

Visit Depend to request a free sample and get educated about bladder control issues.  It doesn't need to be embarrassing or have a stigma associated with it anymore!

Disclosure: I am part of the Depend® Fit-Flex Blogger Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this campaign.  The opinions on this blog are my own.


Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel said...

Oh our bladders - they take such a beating during pregnancy and birth. So glad you are telling people about options and that there is nothing to be embarrassed about. It definitely shouldn't be taboo anymore.

Daniela Duriavig said...

It's great that you are talking about an issue that affects so many women and sharing some info. It's important to bring these kinds of issues out into the open.

Randa Derkson said...

Exercise really helped me after having my son, but I have to be honest - if I'm doing a lot of jumping I need to make sure I hit the washroom first ;)

Ninja Mommers said...

This is not limited to older people by any stretch. I am 28 and afraid to sneeze and have been for YEARS. This isn't something we should be afraid to talk about.

"Hi My Name is Ninja Mommers and I am afraid to sneeze as I sometimes pee my pants."

Annemarie Leblanc said...

I understand what you mean, it happens to the best of us.