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Incontinence

3 Reasons To Hop In The Pool

Summer is such a great season. Camping trips, barbecues, and water parks are all so much fun.

Well, water parks can be fun – unless you feel self-conscious about your bladder leaking. For women with leaky laughs and dribble dilemmas, swimming is a tricky proposition because taking a bladder leak pad in the pool doesn’t really work.

Luckily, you don’t need to avoid water slides and lazy rivers because of your bladder. Here are 3 reasons why.

1. Pools Have Chlorine

You might see signs at some pools saying they require a sort of waterproof swim diaper to prevent contamination. You’re probably thinking “No way, absolutely not, never going to put one of those things on.” Us too. And fortunately, these briefs aren’t meant for bladder leaks (i.e. urinary incontinence). Tthey’re intended to contain fecal matter (i.e. poop). Small bladder leaks aren’t a big deal in a pool.

Still not sure? The CDC has regulations, by state, that say how much chlorine needs to be in pools and water parks. Because of this, it’s OK to swim if you’re experiencing small drips. The chlorine takes care of those drips in no time flat.

2. Swimming Is Exercise

We know that exercise is a proven way to reduce bladder leaks, but a recent study showed that swimming is one of the best exercises you can do to help with leaks. Swimming strengthens the lower abdominal muscles, which helps bladder control. The study found that swimming 30 minutes a day produced a significant reduction in bladder leaks. Time to get working on that 6-pack.

3. There Are Pad Alternatives

Because bladder leak products absorb liquid, getting in the pool with one won’t work. Or, it will work, just not the way you want because the pad will fill with pool water. That’s probably not what you’re going for and it’ll be pretty uncomfy to boot.

Good news, though. You’ve got other options. The Poise Impressa is a great alternative. It acts as a sort of tampon for bladder leaks. It doesn’t catch urine, rather, it’s inserted into the vagina and applies pressure to the urethra. And that slows bladder leaks. This product doesn’t work for everyone (and we recommend bladder leak pads when out of the water), but it can be a great solution for swimming.

All in all, bladder leaks are no reason to avoid the pool. So get out there, give the deep end your best cannonball, and enjoy the last few days of summer.

And, when you’re ready to get out of the pool, Lily Bird has you covered with pads and underwear for leaky laughs and dribble dilemmas delivered right to your door. Start your free trial today.