This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Always Discreet. The opinions and text are all mine.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Always Discreet.
We are going to have an uncomfortable discussion about something uncomfortable: bladder leaks.
I know, awkward.
But, tbh, it’s one of those lady things most of us are going to be forced to face as we continue to add years to our lifetimes.
You want to live, don’t you?
Then chances are, you’re going to have to face this, even if you don’t want to (note: no one wants to).
We all want to pretend we hit those kegels hard after the babies came, that our bladders are as iron strong as they were when we were 14, and that under no circumstances do we pee a little when we cough, or sneeze, or laugh, or jump, or move too quickly without preparing our bladders by emptying them or willing them to behave.
However, if you know me, you know I’m not about that pretend life.
In fact, you may recall discussing this with me previously – this is not the first time I’ve mentioned that this issue is one I have a certain level of familiarity with.
Just so we’re clear, we are not having this discussion again because my bladder has gotten more incontinent. It is just the same amount of incontinent as it was the last time we chatted through this. This is not a progressive problem wherein I will eventually just be an uncontrollable mess of a woman who can’t control her bladder to save her life (I mean as far as I know, and if you have information to the contrary, I prefer not to be informed of such).
We are talking about this again for YOU.
Because I want YOU to know that YOU are not alone (in fact, 1-in-3 women experience bladder leaks, and 1-in-2 African American women suffer with it), there’s nothing to be ashamed of (it’s not your fault you have it, just like it’s not your fault you have curly hair, or brown eyes, or that funny little dimple in your chin), and there are solutions to help you deal.
I’ve partnered with Always Discreet to help inform, enlighten, and inspire all of my mildly incontinent homegirls who are secretly dealing with this issue. You really can live your best life, even if you do unexpectedly pee a little when you don’t mean to.
First step: face the truth.
15 Things Women with Bladder Leaks Know to Be True
Women with bladder leaks usually discover the issue when they are doing something fun, like laughing.
A pastime you’ll want to give up now anyway because there’s nothing funny about peeing your pants in public.
Jumping jacks are basically off the table
Just get them all the way out of your mind, because no.
It can even happen when you cough…
Making even the most basic body action a thing that haunts you.
And if you suffer from even the mildest level of bladder leaks, you know that sneezing is basically a nightmare.
Everything can go horribly wrong, in the blink of an eye.
The worst part is that it can happen anywhere.
At parties, at weddings, at work. When you lift something, when your kid jumps out and scares you because he thinks it’s funny even though you’ve told him a thousand freaking times that it is not, at church, at Target, in the dressing room at H&M where you’re trying on clothing that is clearly too young for you, when you sneeze because your coworker insists on bathing in cologne every morning instead of just using water like a normal person. No moments are safe anymore, and it’s exhausting.
Even just staying healthy and exercising becomes an issue
You may never again find this much carefree joy in a gym setting. Sad.
It is super uncomfortable and humiliating to experience. You may even feel ashamed, because seriously, you know three-year-olds who can hold their pee better than you can…
You know it’s not your fault, but it still hurts.
It makes you feel like you’re the oldest lady alive.
Even though, when you really think about it, it’s not like you’re even THAT old.
But, even more embarrassing than living it, is talking to other people about it. No one (including me, I am doing this to help all of you) wants to admit that they pee a little when they laugh. Or cry. Or jump. Or sneeze…
I didn’t pee a little. Yoooooou peed a little!
So, often, instead of looking for a solution or seeking help, we try to hide it…
Facebook post: Soooo, let’s say you pee when you laugh hard. Is that like a problem? For a doctor? Asking for a friend.
But, when you find a pees-a-little-when-she-doesn’t-mean-to sister out in the world, you feel like you can finally live your truth…
Because she gets your life.
She is someone you can finally be real with – discuss your issues, share your solutions, laugh (not too hard) over that one time, at that one party, when you choked on your drink…
And, while you may not be able to get rid of your bladder leaks, you can make it less obnoxious, embarrassing, and sad with awesome products like Always Discreet liners, pads, and underwear.
The most important thing to I-sometimes-pee-a-little sisters, is finding solutions that work and aren’t humiliating to buy.
Always Discreet comes in packages that look almost identical to the other feminine products so nothing that says, “THIS IS FOR PEOPLE WHO PEE A LITTLE,” on the packaging.
Plus, you want a product that is comfortable, yet effective to wear and not an old lady diaper. No one wants to feel like an old lady…
Unless that old lady is Betty White. Because she is a boss, old lady diapers or nah.
Always Discreet is available in super absorbent pads, liners, and underwear with a 360 FormFit™ design that gives them a smooth, comfortable fit. The products are 2x more absorbent than the leading period liners and they have this special technology that helps neutralize odor. Which means they aren’t stinky or bulky and when you wear them, they feel like regular underwear, not like old lady diapers.
Disclosure: This content was sponsored by Always Discreet but all thoughts and opinions are my own.