1 in 3 woman suffer from a weak bladder, and it really should be nothing to be ashamed about, but somehow it is.
In preparing to write this blog post I told a few people what I would be writing about. I realised that this is a problem that affects many of us, especially after pregnancy. But more importantly I realised that it is good to talk about it, and to know that it doesn’t have to stop you being fabulous and getting on with your life.
Getting old is not about becoming frumpy and giving up on life, getting older should be about embracing change and feeling fabulous at every age. The truth is that AI (Adult Incontinence) can seriously affect a woman’s confidence, and yet nobody talks about it.
Today, 28 October 2015, Always Discreet are talking about it, and after some time thinking about it I decided to talk about it too.
Woman deserve to feel fabulous no matter what. We deserve to walk tall and feel sexy whatever our age or circumstances. Our age and little issues should not define us.
This is a problem that affects woman from as young as 18, but has become associated with being older, and quite often is lumped into the same category as grey hair and wrinkles. I dye my hair and look after my skin, and I also do what I can to minimize the impact of AI on my life.
I suffered with AI after having my child and really realise how weak my bladder is when I am struggling with bronchitis and chest infections (coughing is really not a great idea if you have AI). My strategy has been simple, and is very similar to the advice from Dr Sarah Jarvis, practising GP and Always Discreet campaign ambassador. I plan my life. I drink plenty of water, but monitor my intake. I do kegal exercises (which I tell myself are good for all parts of my life). I also try to exercise regularly, however beware of squats – they are not necessarily my friend. I also limit my coffee intake, although I do admit to being a tea addict.
Always Discreet for sensitive bladder believes that every woman should be able to live the age they feel inside with nothing holding them back. The brand has worked with GP Dr Sarah Jarvis and fabulous woman and That’s Not My Age founder, Alyson Walsh to break this taboo.
Dr Sarah Jarvis, practicing GP and Always Discreet campaign ambassador comments: “Not being able to dress, travel, exercise or live the way you want can be an everyday experience for so many women. Not only that, but even though 1 in 3 women in the UK over the age of 18 experience the condition, it is still wrongly associated with old age and this misperception can leave women feeling embarrassed, alone and much older than they really are. However, there is help at hand, such as Always Discreet, that provides women with bladder leaks with the protection and discretion they really need”
My blog has always been about being fabulous despite the curveballs that life throws at you. Today, I am standing tall and joining the hundreds of woman who say that they can and will be fabulous despite the leaks.
Thank you for reading my post, which supports the Always Discreet campaign.