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Last Updated on June 26, 2017
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I remember the first time I got pregnant with the Little. I was exhausted, nauseous and soon overwhelmed by a barrage of parental tips. Most centered on how to deal with lack of sleep (you better get some sleep now!) and how fast your children will grow (enjoy every minute because before you know it, he’ll be 16).
No one ever mentioned bladder leaks. Yes, I heard about stretch marks and tearing and a whole bunch of other things I just had to force myself to forget before labor. But, no one said anything like, “Well, you might just pee a little when you laugh after that baby comes.” Uh, what? Even my mother, who is queen of oversharing, never said that the act of coughing, sneezing, and a good laugh were going to change after the baby comes! Like most women I learned this lesson the hard way. It was just right after the Little was born and he was asleep. I was gazing at him in adoration and then I had to sneeze. No way was I waking up that baby so I sprinted out of the room just in time to sneeze and got an extra surprise! Of course, I jumped on the internet and discovered there are different types of urinary incontinence.
When I started asking my mom and mom friends about it, they opened up like a flood (pun intended) and I soon realized that this is completely normal. I had always associated bladder leaks aka urinary incontinence as something only older people dealt with but this belief is so wrong.
Bladder leaks are a normal and a common experience for a lot of women!
Did you know that 1-in-3 women experience bladder leaks? And 1-in-2 African American women experience bladder leaks, but only 1-in-9 use incontinence products.
There is so much shame around this, which may be why women don’t talk about it. However, if more women came out and talked about it, it would soon become apparent that bladder leaks are a normal and common experience in women.
So, when I started poking around and asking my mom friends about this, I had to know what products they were using. For most, they used nothing because they were too embarrassed (Hello – online shopping ladies!). Again, there is no shame in taking care of yourself! One friend used normal pads. For some reason, I just felt like this was not the right solution.
Growing up, my mother used Always products so I use them, too. After some digging, I discovered Always Discreet. It’s a product line specifically for bladder leak protection and comes in liners, pads and underwear made for light to heavy bladder leaks. It’s a better choice than period pads for bladder leaks. Here are some of the product benefits.
Always Discreet product benefits:
- Absorbency- Always Discreet has RapidDry™ technology that turns liquid to gel, so that Always Discreet pads can absorb 4X more than Always Ultra period pads of similar size and Always Discreet liners absorb 2X more than the leading menstrual liner.
- Leak Guard protection – While menstrual pads have wings, Always Discreet pads have full-length Double LeakGuards™that help stop leaks at the legs where they happen most.
- Odor Protection – Always Discreet’s OdorLock™ technology helps trap and neutralize the odors specific to urine. That’s something menstrual pads don’t have.
- Thinness – Always Discreet pads are up to 45% thinner than the leading incontinence brand.
Comfort – Always Discreet underwear has a 360 FormFit™ design with a contoured core hugs your curves for a smooth, comfortable fit, unlike bulky adult diapers.
For me, I found that Always Discreet Very Light Liners works the best for my light leeks. I love that the liners are slim, flexible and comfortable. I honestly forget that I’m wearing it because it provides complete protection.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Always Discreet. The opinions and text are all mine.