It’s going to happen at some point to most of you ladies reading out there if it hasn’t already, infact it’s a condition that 1 in 3 women over the age of 18 experience at some point in their lives, and for millions, it is pregnancy and child birth that bring about this condition – bladder sensitivity or adult incontinence.
Always Discreet is on a mission to give these women a voice, to let them know they are not alone and to help them banish the taboo surrounding this topic.
Their new study revealed that nearly half (42%) of British women say they feel older than they actually are as a direct result of their condition, it’s easy to understand this as it is a condition you often associate with old age and getting older.
The study reveals that as well as women feeling older and isolated by sensitive bladder, the condition can affect how attractive women feel, with 42% feeling less attractive or feminine, and 44% saying they can’t remember the last time they had sex. Further highlights from the report include:
- Nearly half (44%) lack the confidence to wear the clothes they want to wear
- 1 in 3 (37%) would exercise more if they didn’t have regular bladder leaks
- 3 in 4 women hold back from talking to their healthcare professional about urinary incontinence
- Sensitive bladder ranks as one of the top reasons they feel older, along with grey hair and wrinkles
Here are some top
tips for taking care of your sensitive bladder from Campaign
Ambassador and GP Dr Sarah Jarvis:
bladder is trainable: if you’re troubled by needing to pass water
very often and needing to rush to the toilet, talk with your doctor
about a daily schedule to build up your bladder’s holding capacity.
Remember; allow your bladder to empty completely each time you go to
no need to avoid drinking in order to reduce the urge to visit the
bathroom. Limiting your water intake makes your urine more
concentrated, which boost your chances of bladder irritation.
alcohol and fizzy drinks could be your new worst enemies– they can
irritate a sensitive bladder. Everyone with sensitive bladder could
benefit from cutting down on alcohol. If your symptoms include
needing to rush to the loo, try limiting those coffees, teas and
carbonated beverages for a week or two to see if it helps.
practicing at least three times a day, these exercises can help you
strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and give you more control when
you need it. If you’re not sure how to do them, speak to your
doctor or visit www.alwaysdiscreet.co.uk.
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