Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Lets Talk : Bladder Weakness with Lights by Tena

How many times have you sent someone a text with the abbreviation...PMSL....without them realising that is EXACTLY what happened? Have i got your attention? Good!  Bladder weakness really should not be something that people find embarrassing to discuss, it is a fact of life and more common that you think.

Lights by Tena


A few weeks ago I was invited to an event by Tena to learn all about this highly sensitive subject and what can be done about it. I learned so much, especially that 1 in 3 women in the UK will experience light bladder weakness at some time. Whether a cough, sneeze or a laugh causes those unexpected leaks it can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and worrying. Most people that struggle with bladder weakness are under the age of 53 and the major cause is a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. The main cause in women is pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. In pregnancy and childbirth it is the change in hormones and the extra pressure on the bladder from the womb and in menopause there’s a reduction in the quantity of oestrogen within the abdominal muscles. This can cause a shift in the position of the bladder, reducing the effectiveness of the muscles that hold it closed. Therefore Pelvic floor exercise is incredibly important. Lights by Tena have introduced an App to remind you to do your Pelvic floor exercise....I bet you are doing it now I've mentioned it? Available via the App store and Google play the app sends you (optional) reminders to do your pelvic floor exercise, gives very informative tutorials explaining the most effective ways to do these,  as well as easy exercises taught by Pilates instructors. The App is called My PFF and I would highly recommend giving it a go.


Many women that experience bladder weakness tend to use sanitary protection for this purpose, but these can be uncomfortable, bulky and may not offer enough protection. Also some packaging of these products can look a little dated.  Lights by Tena are specifically designed for light bladder weakness. The packaging is aimed at women between 30-45 (but I think any women would love it) and is pretty and feminine looking. They offer a thin, soft and flexible liner that keeps you 5 times drier than normal liners. They are incredibly discreet and thanks to "Feel Fresh" technology they give peace of mind and leave you feeling incredibly fresh all day.

Drinks with friends? Feel Fresh with Lights by Tena




Dr Hilary Jones - Lights by Tena Brand Ambassador has put together some top lifestyle tips for you to follow. ( I will paraphrase below)


1. Increasing the time between toilet trips will ultimately strengthen the bladder and increase its capacity. However, don't leave it too long as you could get a bladder infection.
2. Not drinking enough water can lead to the bladder shrinking meaning you need to go more often. Therefore stay hydrated.
3.Try The MY PFF lights by Tena App
4. Coughing caused by smoking can put strain on the pelvic floor. We all know its bad so just give up people!!
5. Alcohol stimulates your bladder, making you need the toilet more often. Drink in moderation and dilute with water to keep hydrated.

A work meeting? Feel Fresh all day with Lights by Tena


Lights by Tena are so confident that you will feel fresh all day in their products that if you do not, they are offering a full refund. For full details of this offer or to try a free sample go HERE.
I really would urge you to give it a go and start the conversation with friends and family. We are in it together and being educated on these things makes everything a lot easier all round.


Lights by Tena are available in all major retailers and pharmacies.


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12 comments

  1. Great that you are covering topics which a ot of people shy away from..... and yes doing my pelvic floor excercises as I read xxxx Celia

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  2. A great subject but sadly many of us have problems that go way beyond what a small Tena pad will help with. My own experience stems from damage when I had my daughter and am now not only having to take medication for an overactive bladder, I also retain so have to self cathetorise whilst still having stress incontinence. Pelvic floor exercises are a must but they are the one exercise we forget to do and they need to be done every single day . I know so many people that suffer and it is still not discussed adequately. How many of us were brought up with "go to the loo before you leave the house" which is really bad - you shouldn't make your children go when they don't need to. I bet many of us know where all the public loos and shops that have loos are in our area. It's a constant worry at work. I know people who will only wear black trousers to work "just in case" and keep spare underwear and clothes in their bags. It is a huge problem and can be a very expensive one for many people. These products should not have VAT on them. For real suffers the cost can be £s every day. Well done Sharon for talking about it.

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  3. I love that this topic is being discussed and Tena have made yet another great product for us ladies. I suffered with bladder incontinence and a weak pelvic floor for 2 years after my daughter was born too embarrased to talk about it or speak to my gp. I used Tena products as they were the only liner that actually kept me dry so I would recommend Tena to anyone experiencing this product. Also go see your gp, talk about it, it can be solved. Great blog Sharon xxx

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  4. Ceri Jackson
    I have suffered with bladder weakness nearly all my teenage and adult life, it took me an embarrassing incident to get my head out of the sand and go to the doctors and see if i could finally get some help. I was told by my doctor that i had an angry bladder and was prescribed some medication. I have been on the medication for nearly 18 months it has been a godsend my life has changed i no longer plan my days by working out if i am going to be near a toilet. I use tena lights just as a back up in case. If someone suffers with this please do not suffer in silence like I did, there is help out there x

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  5. I think awareness is key and by talking about it, it makes it less taboo. Well done Sharon x

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  6. Great that you are discussing a problem that so many suffer from thank you. Ali xx

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  7. I work for a Urologist and know how debilitating this can be. Also, before surgical treatment, I suffered quite badly with stress and urge incontinence and the pads available then only went so far in protecting you. I have applied for the samples and want to thank you Sharon for bringing up this subject.

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  8. It's good that this subject is being discussed as it's almost taboo, like menopause used to be many years ago. I am late 50's and have become aware during the last couple of years that I can't "hold on" like I used to be able to. I have to go to the toilet straight away. I have recently bought a Kegel 8 and am hoping to see improvement in my pelvic floor and not have to rush to the bathroom! Thank you Sharon, for discussing this subject.

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  9. I totally started doing pelvic floor as I was reading!! Interesting they suggest leaving trips to the loo for longer! I had no idea. Such a great informative post :) X
    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

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  10. Thank you for raising this subject - one of those big taboos that we all try to work out quietly without seeking advice, yet something so many of us go through. For me I now dread getting a cough, not because I'm going to irritate everyone with my cough but the accidents that can happen - yep trains, my car etc. No matter how much I do the pelvic floor muscle exercises I know that persistent coughing during a virus is going to weaken and weaken - leaving me with stress that holds me back from recovering - yep, that vicious cycle that so many of us dread. Even writing about it I'm now thinking I need to run for the loo. Thank you for raising it!

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  11. Wow, what a great post and I'm so impressed with the feedback! I love your blog :-) It was so great to meet you, hopefully we can meet at the next event too xxx

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  12. Fantastic product to be fair, good if you pee when you laugh to much!

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