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.
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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.
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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.