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Ways to Manage Bladder Leaks - #AlwaysDiscreet


Today I'll be sharing ways that you can manage bladder leaks with Always Discreet.


It has been no secret here in my little part of the blogosphere that I experience bladder leaks. I have mentioned it numerous times because I'm not ashamed of it. I know a lot of women feel insecure about their feelings on this issue and are afraid to talk about it. Most have put their life on hold because they would prefer not to be embarrassed in public. However, it's something many women are dealing with on a daily basis and it's nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed of. You don't just have to be an older woman like myself for it to happen to you. You also don't have to have children. I'm 41 with four children, and I suffer from LBL (Light Bladder Leakage). I was recently talking to a younger friend, not yet 30, and she had a few questions about LBL. She wanted to know why at only 27, it was an issue. Today I'm answering her questions, and I'm sharing some ways that you can manage bladder leaks with the help of Always Discreet.


I'm going to answer questions here first as I promised that I would, and then I'll share some tips on what I've learned over the years on ways you, too, can manage bladder leaks.

When does it usually start? 
There is no set age when LBL begins. Bladder leaks can happen at any time. It can happen any time before, during or after pregnancy, and it can also occur at menopause. Age plays no role in when LBL begins. Mine started in my 30's.

Am I dealing with a condition or is it natural?
It is a common condition, so know that you are not alone. As a matter of fact, 1-in-3 women experience bladder leaks, while 1-in-2 African-American women experience it as well.


Should I Consult a Doctor?
Yes, you should. Just like with any health problem, always speak to your doctor. Don't be embarrassed about talking to your primary doctor about the issue. Remember, doctors have seen and heard it all. They will be able to give you advice and tips on how to best manage LBL, and may also recommend surgery if necessary.

What products should I use?
While half of African American women experience bladder leaks, only 1-in-9 of them use incontinence products. There are products on the market specifically for bladder leaks. Always Discreet has three specific products. I currently use the Always Discreet Liners and the Always Discreet Pads (which are different from sanitary napkins). They also have Always Discreet Underwear for those who would prefer to wear them.


Always Discreet products are made with bladder leaks in mind.

Always Discreet Incontinence Liners are made for light bladder leaks and absorb more than 2x more than the leading period liner. They also feature RapidDry™ technology, which turns liquid to gel; and OdorLock™ protection that traps and neutralizes odor keeping you fresh.

Always Discreet Incontinence Pads are designed for moderate to heavy bladder leaks, and absorb 4x more than period pads of a similar size. They are also 45% thinner than the leading incontinence brand and perfect for those who prefer something thinner, like myself. They also feature Double LeakGuards™ barrier, RapidDry™ and OdorLock™ protection.

Always Discreet Incontinence Underwear are made for those who need the extra protection because of heavy bladder leaks. Featuring RapidDry™ and OdorLock™ protection, Double LeakGuards™ barriers that stops leaks at the legs where they most happen, they also have a 360 FormFit™ design that contours to your body and looks like real underwear, without the bulky feel.


What are the ways I can manage my bladder leaks?

1. Exercise - Exercises that strengthen your pelvic floor muscles such as Kegels are quite beneficial. Kegels can be done at anytime and anywhere. Remember to practice the correct form, but once you're able to do so correctly, it will help with your pelvic tone and pelvic health, thus reducing the need to frequently urinate and that feeling of urgency. That also means less accidents.

2. Stay Hydrated - Contrary to what you may believe, drinking less doesn't mean less accidents. Drinking less, however does mean that you can end up with a bladder infection and constipation. You should still drink at least 8 glasses of water to keep your bladder healthy. If you're experiencing bladder leaks, then you'll need the next step.

3. Wear the right products - You won't be worried about bladder leaks if you're wearing the right product for the job. Always Discreet is a better choice than period pads. Use a product that's made for your condition and Always Discreet is made for bladder leaks. They are comfortable and, best of all, they work!


So if bladder leaks have been preventing you from living your life to the fullest, try the full line of incontinence products from Always Discreet and take your life back!


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Always Discreet. The opinions and text are all mine.

Annmarie John
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  1. There are a group of ladies in my zumba class that have this issue. So glad there are discreet options for them.

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  2. You know, this is something not many people want to talk about, but the info needs to be out there! After giving birth to 5 babies I searched all over for info on this topic! lol

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  3. After having three beautiful babies, I definitely have occasional bladder issues. It's comforting to know that Always offers a variety of subtle solutions.

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  4. I love this post! The symptoms to look out for and how you can deal with them is such a great way to give us all the info we need.

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  5. I don't think that this is spoken about as often as it should be. It's one of those taboo topics, you know? But this is a very real issue for women and so thanks for your courage in addressing it

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  6. I give you a lot of credit for being honest about this. I need to try these for those occasional issues I have.

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  7. A very sensitive subject to discuss!I can't imagine having to deal with bladder leakage. I am glad to know there are options out there for people that do struggle with this. No one should have to alter their activities because of it.

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  8. Very sensitive topic and not something women really want to admit or talk about. This is great and will be checking out this product.

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  9. I had no idea about the stats, especially with African-American women?? That makes it important to have these conversations. I had no idea Always made these products!

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  10. Welcome to Womanhood! lol!! It is a topic we need to stop being afraid of and embarrassed by and start realizing it is a fact of life! Thank goodness for products like ALWAYS!

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  11. Having babies can truly change things and this is such an important topic! Kiddos for helping to normalize it!

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  12. I love having information like this on hand in case one of my girlfriends needs the assistance. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I had no idea this was such a common problem. I am glad that Always makes products that can help with incontinence.

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  14. i really didn't know all of this, this is such a sensitive topic and people need to discuss it. i am glad it is coming to light and people are talking about it!

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  15. Always Discreet is my go to for bladder leaks. I can't even tell I am using their products and I don't let my leaks slow me down thanks to this brand.

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  16. LBL is definitely not something to be embarrassed about. I'm glad everyone can go out and do what they enjoy with these discreet pads and liners.

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  17. I have an overactive bladder and unfortunately have had some experiences with bladder leakage as a result - so I can definitely appreciate a product like this as a help!

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  18. I actually use these and I am not embarrassed to say it! They work well!

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  19. I love this! It's all about understanding what bladder leakage does to women and how to deal with it. It doesn't really come with the age, it happens to women of different ages. I really appreciate you answering all these questions.

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  20. You rock! Love your hair which happens to match the packaging of the product! I do have LBL and have used Always and loved it!

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  21. After having two kids, I have these issues! I do use Always to help!

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  22. Wearing the right products can make you feel very confident. I suffer from mild leaks and I'm glad Always had always been there for me. Great tips!

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  23. I am so blessed to not have this issue, but glad there is a great solution

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  24. My mum has suffered from bladder issues her whole life including having an operation a number of years ago which didn't help but she's learnt to not be afraid and just to be prepared x

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  25. This is totally off topic, but I love your purple hair! Ok, back on topic haha yes, those liners are great! after having my kids, some things just aren't the same and these are a big help.

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  26. IT is good to know that this is available. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. I bought some of these liners while on vacation. They're so thin and work great!

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  28. My over 40 bladder definitely gives me signals when it's full. Thankfully, no leaks yet!

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  29. Totally awesome information about LBL. Mine started when I was in my 30s as well and I have to admit, I was a little embarrassed about it. I'm so glad that there are plenty of options for women when it comes to dealing with LBL. Thanks to Always for that!

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  30. Being a mama has brought me so much joy, and so many changes that I didn't anticipate. Loving that Always can help me still live the life I want to live while managing those changes discreetly.

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  31. Bladder leaks suck, but I'm so glad there are products out there to help with it. I love that Always is designing products to help.

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  32. I have been hearing great things about Always Discrete. I never knew how much of a problem bladder leaks were until recently. This stuff is just wonderful for women.

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  33. I am so glad that there are discreet options for ladies who need them. I bet it makes rheir life so much better.

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  34. It's nice to see so many women talking about such a common problem. These products give you so many options for dealing with leakage.

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  35. Having babies jumping and punching the bladder wasn't my idea of fun but they were worth it all. But now I tend to pee a little bit when I sneeze, mostly when my bladder is full. I know TMI. haha

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  36. I love that women are more open to talk about this issue now. The older I get the more serious this issue is getting.

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  37. It definitely is a common thing and nothing to be ashamed of. Especially when there are such great products such as the ones you mentioned out there!

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  38. As a fitness professional I hear this all the time from gym members. It is quite a common issue for women. Glad more people are talking about it and bringing awareness!

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  39. It's so nice that you can share your experience and advice about such a sensitive topic. It's amazing to see that there are a plethora of options to help with bladder leakage.

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  40. Love that Always has a line specifically for bladder leaks. I could have definitely used these during both of my pregnancies! And agree with you 100% on the importance of stregthening that pelvic floor...can make a huge impact!

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  41. My mom has light BL but uses the underwear anyway because she likes the convenience. I appreciate that Always makes this type of protection. They are a trusted brand.

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  42. Such a useful info. Never heard of this bladder leakage. Good thing that you have shared this. Will be sharing it with my mom too. Thank you.

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  43. It's nice to know that there are products like Always Discreet Incontinence Liners made especially for LBL. It really helps a lot.

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  44. Great tips, things are certainly different since having my second daughter! Side note, I love your colorful dress!

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  45. I started to get bladder leakage after having my son. For me it can be bad because I also have allergies. Can you just imagine lol sneezing and peeing my pants? Which is why I LOVE Always Discreet underwear liners!

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  46. I admire you for speaking openly about this condition, not many people would do it. Until now I haven't develop this condition, but I'm glad to learn there are methods to help it, if I'll ever experience bladder leaks.

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  47. You are so brave for talking about this so naturally! A dear friend of mine suffers from this condition due to a hysterectomy. I know she would love to know more about products because what she does is to do is to use the normal period pads, two or three at the time, which is obviously not very comfortable!

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  48. Oh wow this is good to know for when I do with suffer bladder leakage in the future. I do tend to hold my urine for a long time which is not good and I should stop to prevent weakening my bladder!

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  49. To be honest I never knew that this was this much or a problem for women. That's so great that you are so open about this and are trying to reach out to others to let them know what to do.

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  50. I know LBL could cause women to lose their confidence. Some women would rather stay home than risk embarrassment. I am glad to know that Always has provided women who suffer from LBL more options to help them with leaks. Thank you for spreading the information and oh, BTW, I love your dress. :)

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