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Over the years, and after having three kids, my body has changed. And while I am doing what I can to combat this or to at least maintain some control; there are times that I just cannot do anything. Well, short of doing an emergency dance and then running like heck.
Can you relate?
Most of the time, if I’m prepared, I’m okay. But then there are other occasions that I just know something is going to happen. And it’s not going to be pretty. For example, if we’re taking a road trip or day trip and there’s no sign of a rest stop. Or at least a wonderfully secluded area on the side of the road.
That’s why I want to share these road trip tips for moms who may have issues like me.
Before we get to the heart of it, let’s stop beating around the bush, okay?
I have light bladder leakage.
There… I said it.
Most of the time I’m able to keep it under control. Other times? Not so much.
From what I understand though, I’m not alone. There are sensitive medical issues that everyone deals with from time to time. One of the most embarrassing things that women can experience is incontinence. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 20.7 percent of women experience incontinence at some point after childbirth.
Now, while that may not seem like a lot, it certainly helps to know that we aren’t alone.
5 Types of Incontinence
According to WebMD, there are 5 types of urinary incontinence that women experience.
Due to weakness in the pelvic floor muscles and tissue, the incontinence occurs when there is increased pressure on the bladder.
This is commonly called overactive bladder. This is when a patient has an urgent need to go to the bathroom and may not have time to get there. Urge incontinence can be due to nerve damage, muscle damage or damage to other parts of the nervous system.
When the bladder is not able to empty properly, or urine dribbles out. Typically, this is the result of weak bladder muscles, nerve damage, constipation, or even medication.
This is the result of physical or mental problems like arthritis or dementia that prevent the patient from getting to the bathroom.
Mixed Urinary Incontinence
Two or more types of incontinence occur at the same time for the same patient.
How to Treat Incontinence
If you suffer from urinary incontinence, there are several options that you can utilize to help treat your symptoms. Many women have just come to accept their incontinence and rely on over the counter incontinence products. These types of panty liners and disposable underwear can be embarrassing and cumbersome.
Or at least that used to be the case!
Now, whether at home or on the go, I have TENA® at my side.
I keep water at my bedside.
I know, this doesn’t seem like the brightest idea, but I’ve found that having water right before I go to bed and when I wake up, greatly helps.
The problem? Trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night and hoping that I make it.
TENA® let’s you live your life without compromise. And now, with the TENA® Overnight Pad, I know that I can sleep peacefully.
I’ve also found that it’s become an important part of my workout gear.
And, of course, let’s not forget about that road trip! TENA® let’s you be you.
You can grab your copy of the Road Trip Checklist and be sure to print it out and take it with you to your local CVS. Pick up your healthy snacks, suncreen, bug spray, First Aid Kit items, and TENA® products in one convenient location.
If you’re heading there this week, be sure to be on the lookout for special offers and a special coupon in the 4/30 newspaper insert.
- iBOGO50 and Buy 2 Get $1 ExtraBuck Reward
- 30% Ship and Save limited offer (4/30-5/13)
So, let’s be real ladies. If you have light bladder leakage, it’s become easier than ever to do something about it. Live life freely and with confidence.