Contrary to belief, adult incontinence is not just for old people. In fact, according to A Quality of Life study, conducted by new Always Discreet, an astonishing one in three women in Europe over the age of 18 are affected by adult incontinence.
Unfortunately, bladder problems aren't something most girls want to talk about with their friends and over half of those surveyed feel exhausted by a condition that many still feel they have to keep hidden from their partners, families and friends.
Always Discreet is a new range of liners, pads and pants specially designed for women with sensitive bladders. The liners and pads are thinner than the leading brand, while absorbing two times more than women may need and the pants provide up to 100% comfort and protection, giving women the confidence they deserve.
Here are some great tips from Dr Shirley McQuade of the Well Women Clinic for those who suffer from it, especially when they exercise.
- Make sure it is not a urinary tract infection. If you suddenly notice that you are experiencing urine leaks while you exercise or walk, talk to your GP to see if it is a urinary tract infection.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking too little can cause your urine to become over concentrated which in turn will irritate your bladder. Make sure you are drinking enough to stay hydrated but not too much that you need to urinate too often.
- Use the correct protection. Sanitary pads are not ideal for protecting against urinary leaks so pick up pads like New Always Discreet for Sensitive Bladders which are designed to absorb urine and are thin enough so that you won’t even know you are wearing them.
- Do pelvic floor muscle exercises. These exercises are not just for pregnant ladies and help to improve incontinence. Simply squeeze your rectum or vaginal muscles slowly for the count of three and relax to the count of three. Do fifteen exercises in one set and do three sets a day.
- Check your diet. Avoid eating spicy foods, citrus fruits, caffeine, and over drinking.
- Bladder training. This involves retaining your bladder to hold more and increase the times between going to the toilet. Start a bladder control spread sheet writing down dates and times and record how often you go to the toilet. Slowly increase it over a six week period until you are able to hold urine for longer. Your bladder can hold 400/500mls of urine.
- Make sure it is not a urinary tract infection. Book an appointment with your GP.
- If you are not successful after trying the above, contact a physiotherapist who specialises in incontinence in women. A specialist will also be able to see why your body is not responding to treatment.
Incontinence is not something to be ashamed of so make sure you get it sorted now. There is no point causing yourself suffering when there is plenty for you to do.