The period pant and period underwear revolution has hit and it’s getting bigger and more popular each day. The popularity is rising due to the success, protection and comfort women are now experiencing when having ‘natural’ washable/reusable products against their skin - as opposed to the synthetic, unnatural fibres used in disposable pads, tampons or liners. Hence, more and more females are opting to use washable/reusable period pants as opposed to their disposable tampons, pads and liner alternatives.
Washable/reusable period pants that cater for Urinary Incontinence also known as LBL or Light Bladder Leakage are also increasing in popularity, spurring the washable and reusable movement forward.
In the past and for such a long time now - too long! - it has been a taboo subject and a very reluctant conversation when it comes to women’s periods and, even moreso, those also experiencing urinary incontinence or light bladder leakage.
Period pants and urinary incontinence pants are the perfect solution for those wishing to use washable and reusable products close to their skin.
5 Things Women Should Know About Urinary Incontinence
In years gone by, Urinary Incontinence has not been a popular topic that some women feel comfortable chatting about. However, the reality is that many women will, at some point in their lives, be affected by urinary incontinence and bladder control issues.
For example, urinary incontinence can be caused by different factors such as pregnancy and/or childbirth, menopause as well as other conditions. These and other urinary Incontinence causes can lead to varying levels of leakage. For some women, the urinary leakage may be lighter and for others much heavier.
1) The most common types of urinary incontinence for women tend to be:
Stress Incontinence is when urine leaks as a result of exerting pressure on your bladder or when your bladder is under pressure caused by normal movement, coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising, gym activity, playing sport, walking or running, or lifting anything heavy, all of which can put added pressure or strain on pelvic floor muscles. It is important to do kegel exercises and pelvic floor exercises.
- Urge Incontinence
Urge Incontinence also known as ‘Overactive Bladder' is the involuntary loss of urine (wee) associated with urgency (a sudden and strong need to urinate).
2) The good news is in many cases, there are solutions to help you or someone whom you know who requires urinary incontinence treatment. For urinary incontinence treatment and advice, we recommend you talk to your General Practitioner Doctor and or a qualified Clinical adviser or a Urogynecologist.
3) Keeping track by diarising your daily bladder activity and urinary patterns will be helpful (a bladder diary). This can also include how much fluid you drink, your daily activity and so on as requested by your doctor.
4) In many cases, urinary incontinence can be treated without the need for surgery. Kegel exercises and pelvic floor exercises can make a huge difference. Retraining your bladder, physical therapy, medications as advised by a doctor. A Urogynecologist can recommend other medical treatments or medical devices, for example a pessary which is solely dependent on individual needs and wants.
Pelvic Floor Yoga Poses
5) One of the most important factors in managing urinary incontinence may be trying to adapt to a better and healthier lifestyle, including food choices and exercises. Introducing a healthy diet which includes lots of fibre, plenty of fluids and appropriate exercises, no smoking, and managing any weight issues which may be relevant.
Some women delay or avoid seeking help and advice if experiencing urinary incontinence because they feel embarrassed to discuss their condition with a Doctor or a Urogynecologist. The important thing to note is that urinary incontinence does not have to control your life or daily activities, especially where in many cases it is treatable and with the right medically trained advice, solutions can be found and achieved.
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