One of the best things about getting older is that we become more and more in touch with our true selves. Life experience has helped us know who we are, what we want, and what we need. Not all of the things that come with age are quite as rewarding — ahem, bladder leaks — but we’re determined to not let anything, especially a pop of pee, hold us back from living life to the fullest.
And when we say fullest, we mean fullest! From momming, to working, to running the household, plus some fun with our girlfriends in-between, we try to do it all — and we wouldn’t have it any other way. But for one-quarter to one-third of American women running the show, bladder leaks are another thing on that long list we deal with on the day-to-day. It may not be something we all feel comfortable talking about, but with a few simple lifestyle changes, and the security of Poise® pads and liners, which are available at Walmart, you can go on doing all that you need to do, just how you do it.
Don’t Stop Moving
If bladder leaks have become the norm, you may shy away from taking that exercise class you used to love or going for a light jog around the neighborhood in the morning just to avoid a potential tinkle. But getting up and moving your body is essential to staying healthy, happy, and stress-free. A leaky bladder should not take that away from you.
So, try to keep up with your favorite workout routine, but add some pelvic floor exercises (also known as kegels) into the mix to strengthen the muscles around your bladder — not just your legs, glutes, and abs. Pilates, then kegels; Tai Chi, then kegels; brisk walking, then kegels. You get the idea. But the best thing about these pelvic floor exercises is you can do them anywhere, and no one even has to know. So Law & Order and kegels work, too.
Once you figure out exactly how to do your pelvic floor exercises, aim to do three sets of 10 to 15 repetitions a day. After they become a regular part of your workout routine, you may find that you’re no longer nervous about that laugh pee surprising you and that you haven’t missed your favorite yoga class in weeks.
Find a Product That Works for You
Having the right type of protection against bladder leaks is key to living your life without limitations. With a Poise® pad or liner, you can meet that friend for a hike or chase your young family members around as you always would. They offer adaptive comfort and invisible protection, and if a bladder burst happens, there is instant absorption to keep you 10x drier*. Poise® has a range of solutions to meet all of your needs, from microliners for light leaks to maximum absorbency pads for daytime or overnight usage. Find the product for you in Walmart stores and online using their convenient pickup and delivery services.
Why we like them:
- Instant absorption for dryness and odor control
- Invisible protection
- Adaptive comfort to fit to your body
Talk to Your Doctor
Knowledge is power — especially when it comes to your own body. So, next time you are at the doctor, take a deep breath, and let him or her know what you (and don’t forget, 25 million other people in the U.S.) are dealing with. Your doctor will be able to lay out the options you have beyond finding the right protection and regular kegel exercises. These can range from pessaries to medication to surgery, even Botox for the bladder and acupuncture. Or they might recommend you see a physical therapist to help get the most out of your pelvic floor exercises. In other words, you have options, and hearing them from a medical professional will help you take control and feel confident in your future.
So don’t let a leaky bladder hold you back. With a few small changes and the right Poise® pad or liner as protection, you can tackle each day without compromise.
*for bladder leaks vs. leading period pad