I laughed so hard I almost wet my pants – have you heard this?
It’s not just a saying – it’s a fact and it happens more commonly in women. Not many women come out and speak about it because…well, because it’s not something that you normally like to speak of and it’s not something that other people really want to hear.
Sensitive bladder is experienced by women during pregnancy and carries on into motherhood. It does not mean you have to be old to have a sensitive bladder. Any mum would agree with me when I say that we all have those moments of weakness – bladder weakness that is. During pregnancy you tend to want the loo more and after childbirth, it is important to look after those muscles so those pelvic floor exercises that they hand out in the hospital when you are in that dazed state – they are important.
Now though we may not talk about it, it is a worry and here are some top tips from Dr. Sarah Jarvis on taking care of your sensitive bladder –
Top tips for taking care of your sensitive bladder from Campaign Ambassador and GP Dr Sarah Jarvis
IT’S GOOD TO TALK
Share how you are feeling with someone. If you feel too embarrassed to speak to a loved one then set up an appointment with your GP. Millions of women in the UK suffer from sensitive bladder, you are not alone and there is help available.
SET A SCHEDULE
Your bladder is trainable: if you’re troubled by needing to pass water very often and needing to rush to the toilet, talk with your doctor about a daily schedule to build up your bladder’s holding capacity. Remember; allow your bladder to empty completely each time you go to the toilet.
DRINK JUST ENOUGH
There’s no need to avoid drinking in order to reduce the urge to visit the bathroom. Limiting your water intake makes your urine more concentrated, which boost your chances of bladder irritation.
BYE, BYE BARISTA
Caffeine, alcohol and fizzy drinks could be your new worst enemies– they can irritate a sensitive bladder. Everyone with sensitive bladder could benefit from cutting down on alcohol. If your symptoms include needing to rush to the loo, try limiting those coffees, teas and carbonated beverages for a week or two to see if it helps.
If you experience anxiety, worry and concern because of your sensitive bladder, mental relaxation can be a very valuable aid. Avoid worrying about problems excessively. Deliberately include activities in your daily life that bring you pleasure for example meeting friends, going to the cinema or taking a walk.
Always Discreet are running a campaign to get women to get out and talk about bladder incontinence and the issues and difficulties they face. Most women would be too embarrassed to talk about it and thus suffer in silence. What they should know is that 1 in 3 women over the age of 18 experience bladder weakness.
Here is a video of a lady who was brave enough to come out and talk about having faced the problem –