This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Always Discreet. The opinions and text are all mine.
This post is for all women, including women like me who suffer from fibroids. For women who drive for a living, work in salons, nursing homes and other organizations where they have to ignore their own urges until it’s more convenient or until a bathroom is accessible. For women with pelvic injuries, diabetics, women who “pee a little” when they cough, laugh or sneeze. And women who take diuretics and medications for hypertension and especially for aging women who are discovering that their bodies are not working the way it used to. Chances are if you fit into one of these categories you are part of the 1-in-3 women experiencing bladder leaks resulting from an overactive bladder or weakening of the bladder.
You are not alone
Some women are not even aware that this experience is not unique to them. 1-in-3 women experience urinary incontinence. For African American woman who are 18 years and older, our stats are little higher; 1-in-2 women of African descent are experiencing bladder leaks. That’s why I have partnered with Always Discreet to help raise awareness, fight the stigma, and empower women who are experiencing this in silence.
Bladder leaks are a normal and common experience that happens more often than you think. It’s not something to be embarrassed by or a topic to avoid. I understand the reluctance of opening up about this issue.
As a blogger, I’ve shared a lot of my life but when I received the invitation to partner with Always Discreet on this topic, I actually hesitated. Initially, I was more concerned with what people would think of me if I shared my story instead of thinking about the awareness and help that I could bring to women if I did. I decided to proceed after confirming the statistics and after learning that only 1-in-9 African American women who experience bladder leaks use the right form of protection. I am one of those women. Yes, I’ve had my own unique experience. Most of my 20’s was spent in my doctor’s office treating urinary tract infections (UTI) that never actually existed. This continued until I was finally diagnosed with fibroids. I had a rather large one that was sitting on my bladder and the pressure and fullness that I was feeling mimicked the “frequent urge” associated with UTI’s. Surgery only temporarily relieved the problem because as the fibroids grew back, my overactive bladder returned.
Always Discreet has a unique line of products designed specifically for bladder leaks that can fit your needs. I never thought that I needed and could benefit from wearing some form of protection but I am glad to learn that Always Discreet has a range of products that can fit mine and also your needs. These include liners, pads, and bladder leak underwear made specifically for light to heavy bladder leaks that will protect you in a way period pads can’t. Absorbency — Always Discreet has RapidDry™ technology that turns liquid to gel so that it can absorb 4x more than Always Ultra period pads. Always Discreet liners can also absorb 2x more than the leading menstrual liner. Leak Guard Protection —While menstrual pads have wings, Always Discreet pads have full-length Double LeakGuards™ that help stop leaks at the legs where they happen most. Odor Protection — Always Discreet’s OdorLock™ technology helps trap and neutralize the odors specific to urine. Menstrual pads can’t do this! Thinness — Always Discreet pads are up to 45% thinner than the leading incontinence brand. Comfort — Always Discreet underwear has a 360 FormFit™ design with a contoured core that hugs your curves for a smooth, comfortable fit, unlike bulky adult diapers.
The Always Discreet liner was the best option for my needs and will help protect me against the occasional accident that comes with having an overactive bladder. The liner is thin, wide, secures in place, does not bunch up like period liners tend to do and is very comfortable to wear. So far this is working for me and I know that this will work for you too. So take that long weekend road trip on the back roads; wear the jumpsuit or romper that takes an extra 5 minutes to pull down when you really need to go or resume your active outdoor lifestyle feeling assured that your bladder leaks are no more.
DISCLOSURE: I partnered with Always Discreet to create this content. The experience and opinions expressed above are honest.