I can't believe I'm sharing what I'm sharing today, but I think there is incredible value in community and raising awareness about a very common problem – light bladder leakage or LBL.
Not too long ago, I had to leave work after a piece of chicken got stuck in my throat.
Did I have to go to the hospital? Oh, no, nothing like that. The chicken popped right out after a few minutes' worth of coughing.
Because I had a huge coughing fit, I peed all over myself. I had to go home to change my clothes.
Talk about embarrassing.
Fortunately, no one noticed the issue and my (female) boss just accepted that I needed to go home to change my clothes. She didn't ask any questions.
I decided on my way home that day that I would do something about my LBL, but then I started preparing for a gastric sleeve surgery and the LBL fell by the wayside.
Has something like this ever happened to you? Approximately one out of three of women deal with LBL after giving birth (citation) and one of two experience with it as they approach their 40th birthday (citation).
My issue began inexplicably when I was about six weeks pregnant with Grace, and it has never gotten any better. For some women, it begins after they give birth, and for some women, it just comes on gradually as they get older.
If you're joining me in this issue, trust me. You are not alone.
Do you identify with any of these situations?
- Running or jogging
- Jumping (like on the trampoline or jumping rope)
Then you have LBL, too.
What to do for LBL
When I first started having this problem, I bought a whole bunch of period pads (because I didn't know what else to do). They irritated my lady parts and ended up causing an infection. My obstetrician (remember this happened when I was newly pregnant) said that I needed to stop using period pads for this issue – they stay wet, they irritate sensitive skin, and they just aren't made for urine.
She recommended that I get Poise pads which are made for everyday wear with a non-irritating surface. And since they're made for urine, they neutralize the odor and leave you feeling fresh and clean.
I have been buying Poise pads at Walmart ever since – going on 10 years now.
Poise Microliners are perfect for everyday wearing. They are so small and thin that you won't notice that you're wearing them, but you will definitely be glad they're there! You'll feel fresh and confident that leaks are contained without spilling over onto your clothes!
There is a Walmart at the end of our street, and we are there several times a week for groceries and other pitstops. It is so easy and convenient to pop in and grab Poise Microliners when I need them, and then I don't need to worry about those irritating leaks! I never go without my Poise pad!
During the busy holiday season, the last thing you need to worry about is LBL. You certainly don't want to have to leave a party or event because you've had a leak and were unprepared. So head to Walmart today and pick up some Poise Microliners.
You'll be glad you did!
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