Isn’t it amazing how 25 to 45 percent of us women deal with bladder leaks but somehow we still feel alone? It’s because leaks are still considered a taboo topic that warrant side eyes, raised brows, and whispers. So we don’t tell anybody. We don’t tell our doctors, our family, or our friends, and we live in silence. And as a result, we stop doing the things that we enjoy. But do we really have to?
Coping Strategies for Staying Social
Your social life shouldn’t come to a stop because of a little spritz every now and again. But we know that’s way easier said than done. Let’s keep you living your best life with a few ways that you can make a not-so-comfortable situation, absolutely manageable.
Pinpoint The Triggers
It’s no secret that certain foods and beverages can be bladder irritants, which is why it’s so important to know your triggers. That way you can avoid them in social situations where you’d rather not experience incontinence. Those chocolates that you can’t get enough of and the processed foods that hurt so good will have you out there with an unhappy bladder. But, know that what irritates one lady might not affect the other. To know what triggers you, consider using a bladder diary several days before your social event.
As the saying goes, when you know better, you do better. If you know ahead of time what you need to avoid to decrease those leaks, you’ll feel a lot more comfortable when you’re out on the town.
Don’t Cut Back on Water
Cutting back on water is one of the first things you might do to reduce leaks. But, this is one thing you definitely don’t want to do. Dehydration can cause your bladder to become even more irritated because of more acid in your urine. That’s a big no-no that can lead to lots of leaks. So drink up.
Don’t Just Stand There, Get To Steppin’
Maybe nobody has ever told you this, but girl, you better work out that pelvic floor. Ladies that have experienced childbirth, done any heavy lifting, or are carry a few extra pounds around are more likely to have a weakened pelvic floor or even pelvic prolapse. And guess what that means? More leaks.
To strengthen your pelvic floor and ultimately feel more comfortable doing the things that you enjoy, consider adding a few pelvic floor exercises to your lifestyle.
Plan It Out
Whether your social activity is near or far, this next piece of advice will come in handy: plan like it ain’t nobody’s business. Because it doesn’t have to be anybody’s business.
Know Where The Bathroom Is
If you’re going to a new venue or just down to a friend’s house, know in advance where the bathroom is. Trust me, you’ll feel a lot more comfortable when you get the urge to go if you know exactly what direction to sprint .
Bring An Extra Outfit
You know how us ladies sometimes bring an extra outfit just in case we’re over- or under-dressed? Well, you can do the same thing with leaks. Sometimes the worst thing that can happen does happen. If it does, you’ll want to be able to swiftly move to the bathroom and change as needed. If anybody asks, say you just wanted to switch it up and keep it moving. Watch out, you may just become known a the fashionista of the group.
Consider Incontinence Products
Do you skip out on events when it’s a bad day in leak-land? Don’t let a little leak hold you back. There are a number of incontinence products out there that’ll help keep leaks between you and your legs. (Pssst, Lily Bird can help with that!) From incontinence pads to the urinary patch, there’s something out there for everyone.
Straight Talk, No Chaser
Most of us have experienced a period accident and usually there was a friend around that helped us out. Maybe they gave us their jacket to wrap around our waist or checked our butt and gave us a thumbs up if there was no stain. Sometimes it was as simple as providing us with a pad or tampon. Either way, most of our girlfriends understood because they were going through the same thing. So why do we make it so different with leaks?
Sometimes by simply confiding in someone else, we lift a great load off of our shoulders. And the lifted load is even bigger if they express, “I experience it, too”.
Don’t Forget Who’s Boss
Truth is, sometimes we get to a point where we let our bladder tell us who’s boss. That’s when we have to boss up and tell it who the boss really is. You’re the boss, boss, and don’t you forget it.
If you want a little extra peace of mind while you’re out on the town, Lily Bird has you covered with pads and underwear for leaky laughs and dribble dilemmas delivered right to your door. Start your trial today.
By Jessica Thomas, MPH