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Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It allows you to touch, feel and respond to everyone and everything in your environment. But some skin is more sensitive than others.
The skin in intimate areas is especially sensitive. This is partly because that skin itself is delicate, and partly because we typically protect it under layers of clothing. And if you’re wearing anything to help shield against bladder leaks, moisture and friction can create problems.
Your skin works hard to maintain a perfect barrier against bacteria and a normal pH level (a measure of how acidic or alkaline it is) for your vulva. But that balance can be thrown off by extended exposure to moisture, especially the urine absorbed by protective liners, pads and underwear. Contact and movement can cause chafing, irritation and dermatitis. None of that feels good. During menopause, when lack of estrogen contributes to thinning of the skin, older women using incontinence protection products may experience even greater irritation and discomfort.
That’s why using protective products made with kinder, 100% breathable materials that keep you feeling clean, dry and odor free is so important. You also should look for liners, pads, underwear and personal cleansing wipes that take skin protection a step further. Using products made with materials that have been infused with natural baking soda, for example, helps regulate pH by neutralizing the acid in urine. In addition, enriching products with ingredients like vitamin E gives your skin some extra love to help keep it healthy looking.
Other tips for down-there skin care include drinking your daily amount of water (so all your skin stays hydrated) and making sure to gently cleanse the area and give it time to dry after every leak and before getting dressed. When you wear protective products, take care to change them as promptly as possible. These steps and strategies will go a long way toward keeping you feeling fresh and making sure your skin stays beautifully protected.
When it comes to living with bladder incontinence, we can get used to wearing protective pads, scheduling our bathroom breaks and modifying what we drink—especially when we see how these changes help us more easily live with leaking. What we might worry about, however, is whether or not we are smelling clean and fresh.
Dealing with bladder leaks is bound to dial up the fear that we might give off an odor. Preventing that possibility is key. So here are some smart tips:
Accidents do happen, even with the best precautions. The faster you address any leaks, the less likely there will be an odor issue.
Always have an extra outfit or two tucked away in your bag—something that won’t wrinkle, takes up little space and is quick and easy to change into, like leggings and a tunic. Remove wet clothes as soon as possible. Not only will they start to smell after a bit, but wearing soggy bottoms is uncomfortable. If you’re not home, store them in an airtight zip-top bag (also something easy to keep handy in your purse) until you can get to a washing machine.
Thoroughly clean yourself off after an accident (and really anytime you’re changing your liners, pads or underwear). Using cleansing wipes that are designed specifically for incontinence is a good choice. Typically, they are more moisturizing and less irritating than soap and water. Plus, a pack fits easily in a bag or carryon for easy cleanup anywhere.
Then, launder soiled items as soon as possible. Pro tip: when it’s time to wash, use baking soda as a laundry detergent booster. It’s very effective for getting odor out of fabrics, too.
Wondering what combination of urinary incontinence strategies and solutions are going to work best for you? Only you (probably with a little help from your doctor) can answer that question, but we are certainly happy to help you get started.
Is it finding products that are comfortable? Is it skin protection or ensuring you feel consistently clean and fresh over extended periods of time? Maybe it’s finding products that are discreet under your favorite clothing or protection that’s easy to bring along throughout a busy day. Of course, your answer might be all of the above, and that’s okay!
While controlling leaks and odor is essential, there are products that will check every box on your list, from flattering fit to lasting freshness. Think about what you need and when you need it. If you’re on the go, bring along some extra liners and cleansing wipes. If you’re digging in for a long outdoor concert, you might prefer to wear underwear with more absorption capacity. And if you need some overnight peace of mind, an absorbent under pad is a definite for that extra protection.
What’s important in your bladder leak strategy comes down to what matters most to you. Just remember that you have flexibility. You’re not the same person every day. You enjoy different activities. You accept invitations. You spend time with friends. Whatever you do, you deserve total comfort and true peace of mind. Give yourself all the protection options you need to get the most out of any situation, whether you’re staying at home or going out to socialize. A little leaking is no reason to put life on pause!
Knowledge is power. The more you know, the better your chances of finding the solutions that uniquely suit you. We certainly hope that, thanks to information you can find here in The Source, you’re learning leaks shouldn’t get in the way of living the way you always want! You have so many strategies for support and self-care.
And never forget—you’re not alone! Odds are you know plenty of others facing the same challenges, even if they’ve kept it quiet. So share your story, share your strategies, stay brave and celebrate yourself for living your best life!
Did you gasp a little bit when you saw that headline? Not to worry. It’s normal if you feel squeamish just thinking about what leaking might mean for your sex life. Peeing during sex is a very common concern for women.
The good news is incontinence itself doesn’t directly affect a woman’s ability to have sex nor does it automatically mean the end of intimacy. But worry about leakage, odors and embarrassment can sabotage sexual desire and satisfaction.
Don’t let anxiety stop you from doing what you need to do to protect your relationship, sexual health and pleasure. It’s possible to reduce or even eliminate urination during sex—and alleviate some of that anxiety—by pursuing treatment options with your doctor and by being proactive about reclaiming your sexual activity!
Believe it or not, what you do before an intimate encounter can limit your chances of leaking during sex.
Some sexual positions put lots of pressure on the bladder, making it more likely you’ll experience stress incontinence during intercourse. Trying something new can help you worry less and enjoy more. One position the National Association for Continence suggests is lying on your back with some pillows underneath your lower back. This raises your pelvis, helps reposition your bladder and reduces the extra pressure.
Yes, this is an uncomfortable discussion to have, especially with your partner. But it’s so worth it! Simply talking honestly about your condition and concerns may relieve some of the stress and even bring the two of you closer.
Sex should be pleasurable for both of you. So speak up and let your partner know what feels good and what doesn’t. And if you’re still having difficulty finding a position that works for you, or having pain during sex, both you and your partner should talk with a pelvic floor physical therapist about ways to make sex more enjoyable. In fact, it can be helpful to bring your partner to any medical appointments you have so they can better understand and support you along the way.
The next best thing you can do is be open and honest with your friends about living and loving with bladder leaks. Creating a safe space where women feel free to discuss sensitive topics and share support is really important. Talking about your experience not only helps you—it can really help someone else.
Having a leaky bladder may seem like a physical issue, but it also impacts our mental health. On top of the usual stressors—work, family, finances, keeping up with social media, etc.—experiencing incontinence can add an extra edge of uncertainty and angst to our day-to-day lives. It can affect decisions we make about where we go, what we wear, how we relate to the people around us and how we feel.
While feelings are trickier to measure than physical symptoms, they are just as important to acknowledge and treat. Taking care of our minds as well as our bodies can go a long way toward building our confidence about dealing with bladder leaks.
So what should you do if you’re feeling sad (or lonely, anxious, frustrated, angry, uninterested, overwhelmed—all the emoticons) about having a leaky bladder? The first line of action, of course, is talking honestly to a physician or mental health professional and following their recommendations for treatment. There’s no substitute for help from a trained expert. But there are some things you can try on your own to help improve your outlook and overall quality of life, too.
You might not feel ready or comfortable enough to disclose or discuss your incontinence with close friends or family members. Perfectly understandable. You don’t have to talk about it, but there are lots of places you can go if you need to talk about your experiences and feelings. Thanks to the internet, you can easily seek out support and advice from websites (like ours!), social media groups and online chat rooms. You might find it more helpful to join a group that meets in person, so talk to your doctor or mental health specialist for recommendations.
Talking is powerful. Start (or just listen to) conversations with like-minded women who share your situation. If you’re a new mom, for example, look for a group that’s chatting about post-partum incontinence. There’s nothing more comforting—or informative—than hearing the stories of women who can empathize with what you’re going through, whether it’s peeing when you pick up the baby or leaking every time you laugh.
When it comes to minding your mental health, know what else is powerful? A strong social life. People are social by nature, so being engaged and active is good for your mental health—and for your friendships, romantic relationships and family ties.
Join friends for a walk, try that trendy new restaurant or take a salsa dancing class. Like physical exercise, staying emotionally connected with the people and experiences you enjoy is actually therapeutic. Sure, you may have to adapt and employ some new leak-protection strategies when you go out, but we’re here to help you do just that.
Finally, consider developing some new interests and habits that help alleviate your anxiety about incontinence. In general, look for activities that calm your mind and help you focus on positive emotions. Spend time in nature. Start keeping a journal. Practice meditation. Get creative. Whatever interests you is something you should try. Engaging in activities that support self-careis always important, but never more so than when you face challenges.
As discussed throughout The Source, urinary incontinence for many of us is associated with stage-of-life events, such as motherhood and aging. But bladder leaks also can be caused or exacerbated by serious medical conditions—especially those that are neurological in nature.
The nerve damage caused by MS impacts the way our bodies interpret signals between the brain and bladder. Specific bladder muscles—such as those responsible both for storing urine and for indicating when the bladder is full—can get out of sync, causing leaks or often complete, involuntary emptying.
In what seems like the opposite of bladder leakage, Parkinson’s can make it difficult for muscles in the urethra to relax. It can become difficult to begin urinating, or there may be a strong urge to go even when the bladder is empty. This gets compounded when the bladder is full and the brain signals the bladder to empty involuntarily.
When a stroke impacts the areas of the brain responsible for bladder sensation and control, a person will often pee without realizing it. This is known as reflex incontinence, which can continue after stroke recovery if those nerves have been seriously damaged. This causes increased and sudden urges, bladder leakage and, in some cases, the inability to urinate.
Cancers affecting the brain and spinal cord can cause serious damage to nerves controlling the bladder as well as the muscles of the pelvic floor, resulting in sudden incontinence. Any unexplained, unexpected incontinence can be an indication of a more critical medical condition. Always talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you have a sudden episode of incontinence.
When someone is unable to process the urge to go in time to make it to the bathroom, accidents can happen. In some cases, people forget the bathroom location or even how to perform the task of relieving themselves.
If an episode of bladder leakage comes as a complete surprise—and you’re not in any of the typical life stages such as pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause or menopause—having a conversation about it with your doctor should be an immediate priority.
And if you are seeing a pelvic physical therapist to help fight bladder leaks, make sure they know if you have any medical conditions that might contribute to your incontinence.
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