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It's hard enough making this adult stuff work for us without worrying every second of the day that we're not doing something right.

Don't worry though – you're not the only one feeling a bit lost or worried.

In fact, a new survey from Always Discreet asked women about the taboo subject of bladder sensitivity, and found that a massive one in three suffer in silence, because they're afraid of what people might think.

And 44% of those with bladder sensitivity say it has put a huge dent in their confidence, meaning they can't wear the clothes they want to.

Whether it's health issues or career problems, life's too short to be spending it stressing out. Here are just a few of the things women our age need to stop worrying about…

1. Eating that last slice of pizza
Pizza is the friend, not the enemy… What did pizza ever do to anyone?


2. Skipping your morning kettlebell class in favour of a lie-in
If you're in need of sleep, that extra hour in bed will be just as beneficial as an hour in the gym.


3. Being thought of as a hard-ass
Never be afraid to go the extra mile to get what you want.


4. Not enough people liking your selfie on Instagram
They're probably all too busy worrying about their own selfies.


5. Having a string of disaster dates on Tinder
Call it research.


6. Your childhood BFF getting engaged AND buying a house
That's her life, this is yours. Own it.


7. Not having a 'bikini body'
If you have a body, and you have a bikini, you can have a bikini body. Simple as that.


8. Not having a bum like Beyoncé's
​It would probably be a bit of a hassle fitting it into jeans, anyways.


9. Staying at home two Friday nights in a row
Work the FOMO!

Share your story and help break the silence of adult incontinence by visiting alwaysdiscreet.co.uk or wellwomancentre.ie


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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Check your diet. Avoid eating spicy foods, citrus fruits, caffeine, and over drinking.
  6. 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.
  7. Make sure it is not a urinary tract infection. Book an appointment with your GP.
  8. 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.