Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) is something that can be embarrassing to talk about, even though many women battle it on a daily basis, for one reason or another. LBL can happen when we are coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising, etc. Some women try to avoid using anything or even opt to use feminine products to help with this, but those aren’t really designed for incontinence. You want something that is designed with Super Absorbent Material (SAM) that will absorb any leakage and odour, so you can feel comfortable and confident when you are out enjoying life. LBL can happen due to physical changes women go through, such as childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy, menopause, bladder infections, Urinary Tract Infections, or complications from surgery or chronic illness.
Sanitary incontinence pads are designed to do just this. You want to know that if you are on the treadmill at the gym, out for a Girl’s Night Out and laughing with your girlfriends, or even at one of your kid’s sports events that LBL is not an issue you need to worry about. It just takes seconds to slip on incontinence liner when getting ready to go out, and the packages are small and discreet, so you can carry extras in your handbag.
I am sure all females know that any prolonged exposure to wetness in the panty area can lead to some uncomfortable infections, which is why doing nothing about LBL is not the best choice. The odour is a huge negative too! Most incontinence liners are made with SAM, are also very thin, so you likely won’t even feel it!
Light Bladder Leakage Tips
Use the restroom often, and make sure you are completely emptying your bladder.
Stay Hydrated. It can seem counter-intuitive to drink more water when you are having LBL issues, but if you don’t drink enough fluids, it can lead to dehydration or constipation, both of which make LBL worse. I’ve found that the more water I drink, the more often I need to use the restroom, so it’s easier to remember to go often, and even easier to completely empty my bladder. Caffeine is a diuretic and can make the issue worse, water is a much healthier option for a multitude of reasons! We should all be aiming for eight 8oz glasses of water daily for good health anyway.
Exercise Regularly: Even though you may have some LBL issues when you exercise, staying in shape and keeping your weight down can help reduce LBL. Don’t skip your workouts if you are having LBL, just use an incontinence product to deal with the issue until it’s better.
Kegels. These really do help, and you can do them anywhere, at any time, and no one will even know. Kegals can help us ALL keep our lady areas fit and firm, which does help reduce LBL. This is the easiest way to strengthen your pelvic floor!
Use a product designed for incontinence issues, so that you are equipped to handle any accidents that do happen easily. These can help you stay up to 3x drier, and neutralize odour!
See your doctor. Sure, this can be embarrassing to talk about with friends, family, or physician, but a doctor can rule out any other medical concerns, and help monitor the situation. Keep a log of when your LBL is happening so you can determine a trigger. This will help the doctor in diagnosing the cause. It’s a common issue, and once any infection or chronic condition is ruled out, they can offer you additional advice on how to reduce the occurrence of LBL.
Evict Embarrassment: This is something that happens to many women, even though it’s an embarrassing topic for most to discuss, much less admit to. Once you evict the embarrassment of the situation, and you bring up the subject with close friends, you’ll likely find that you are not alone. Sometimes people just need someone they trust to openly discuss a topic before they feel comfortable owning up to it themselves.