There’s a lot of confusion about bladder weakness. And millions of women think they’re the only one in the world who experiences it. That’s just one of many misunderstandings out there.
Click to see the top six oooops moment myths:
I’m just going to have to give up on my social life …
Once I’ve experienced little leaks, I will always have it …
You can’t put your life on hold because you’re prone to occasional little leaks. We understand that the situation can cause both embarrassment and anxiety (especially when it first starts happening), but you’re not alone and you’ll soon discover that it doesn’t need to slow you down. That’s why we developed the lights by TENA range, offering a number of different absorbencies, shapes and sizes, with discreet packaging, to ensure that you’re always prepared.
My sex life will be affected
For many women minor leakage (which is commonly experienced after pregnancy) is a temporary thing and fortunately there are things you can do to prevent it and improve it.
The most effective method is doing the much-discussed pelvic floor exercises. These strengthen the muscles, which helps stop the flow and prevent leakage. Others lose a bit of weight, and that often helps too.
Should I give up smoking?
Loss of bladder control during sex is uncommon. And, more importantly, if you do those all-important pelvic floor exercises to help control and combat urinary leakage (it’s the same muscles being exercised) you could well find that sex gets better as your muscles get stronger.
I’ll need to cut back on liquids in my diet
Coughing can cause accidental weeing - just as laughing and sneezing can. We don´t recommend that you stop laughing and we have no means of influencing sneezing but stopping smoking may reduce the amount you cough and hence reduce the risk of minor leakage.
Pelvic Floor Exercises don’t work.
It’s really important that you don’t make the mistake of drinking less. Our bodies need fluids or we’ll get dehydrated. And, drinking less fluid will make your wee more concentrated, which will irritate your bladder – and make you want to go to the toilet more often. So do continue to drink your usual amount.
They do if you do them right. For many women, strengthening their pelvic floor muscles will prevent minor leakage. You’ve just got to do the right exercises - and keep doing them regularly - to feel the benefit. We recommend exercising for three to six months to see the benefit. To strengthen your pelvic floor, just squeeze the muscles you would use if you were to stop yourself mid-wee, 3 times in a row, 6 times a day. The great thing is, you can do this any time, anywhere, sitting down or standing up. No one will even know you’re doing it.
If you’re still confused, watch our video. That’ll show you what to do! Happy squeezing!
Want to get some further advice then make contact with one of our expert team