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- Light Bladder Leakage
Light Bladder Leakage
Poise products are specifically designed for LBL so they protect you better than period only products. Find out more about LBL below.
Introducing Light bladder leakage (LBL)
Light bladder leakage or LBL (when you involuntarily leak small amounts of urine from your bladder) affects countless women in Australia and millions worldwide, in fact, almost 1 in 3 women over 35 suffer from light bladder leakage! So you know you are not alone in having this little bladder problem. Don’t let embarrassments previously associated with bladder weakness stop you from talking to your doctor or even family and friends. They can be a great source of support for you during this trying time. Any woman who thinks or knows she has problems with her bladder should definitely seek help. Just ignoring the problem won’t help and in many cases can make things worse.
One of the best ways to deal with LBL is to get fully informed on the subject, so discover what you should know about LBL. The good news is those little bladder leaks can be easily managed so you don’t have to give it a second thought. One of the most important things to learn is what causes your LBL and find a way to improve it. The main thing to remember is that with all these women suffering from the same bladder issues, you are not alone in dealing with it.
What causes light bladder leakage
Every woman’s body is unique and as a result there may be many different triggers that cause your LBL. Light bladder leakage is sometimes caused by some kind of physical exertion. Things like coughing sneezing or any other kind of strenuous activity can bring on a bout of LBL. In some cases even the sound of rushing water or being in a moving water environment (like washing your hands) can also result in it. For other women, an underlying medical condition such as a thyroid disorder or diabetes may be to blame. Weak pelvic floor muscles caused by pregnancy or menopause is also a common LBL culprit.
The intensity of light bladder leakage can also be related to stress, the more stressed you are, the more likely a small ‘accident’ might happen. Understanding your triggers can help you get a grip on your LBL, and also help your doctor work out the best treatment plan.
Light bladder leakage solutions
Once you have identified what is causing LBL for you, it makes managing it a whole heap easier. If you have found that drinking too much or simply indulging in one latte too many causes some leakage, then it’s pretty easy to cut out the LBL offenders. If a medical condition is to blame, then the right medication and treatment plan may help manage the problem. Cutting down on caffeine intake and smoking has been found to work wonders for many women. Pelvic floor exercises (Kegels) can do a great job of toning and enhancing the muscles that support the bladder and this generally results in less bladder leakage. Getting fit and losing weight can reduce the stress on your bladder and help reduce your incidences of LBL.
If you are going to see a doctor about the problem, try and keep a bladder diary in which you record, how much liquid you drink, when you go to the toilet and any incidences of bladder leakage. Many women out there use period only pads to help manage their LBL discreetly. However, period pads weren’t designed for absorbing LBL. Instead, try Poise products that have been specially designed for LBL. Poise products not only help with absorbing any leaks, but also absorb odours to keep you worry free. You may also be surprised to discover just how thin the Poise liners and ultrathins are.
Because many women incorrectly view LBL as a taboo subject, there are myths and old wives tales surrounding it, here are some of the most popular myths debunked:
- It’s normal to leak a little when I sneeze – bladder leakage is not normal or inevitable. The majority of women who seek solutions for their problems find themselves completely cured
- It only happens to old people – almost half the people who suffer from LBL are under 40
- Surgery is the best option – in many cases surgery is the last option, less invasive treatments are recommended first, if all else fails then surgery can be considered
- None of my friends suffer from it – almost 1 in 3 females older than 35 suffer from LBL so you definitely aren’t alone in being affected by this problem
LBL can be bothersome when it’s new to you. Luckily, when treated correctly, and with the right products, you can confront LBL and banish your fears. It’s much more stressful to ignore it.
Mum of four, Alyson, talks to us about LBL after having kids. With a busy family life and work to take care of, Alyson makes light bladder leakage a non-issue with our thin and discreet Poise liners.