Wednesday 28 October 2015

Always Discreet - Breaking The Last Female Taboo

Having children changes your body forever, as your body grows in pregnancy to grow your child and then you have to give birth, we often assume that everything just goes back to normal but any mum will tell you that this is not always the case. Mum's often mention how they have now gained their 'tiger stripes' (stretch marks) or how they will never have a flat tummy again, how they have bags under their eyes due to lack of sleep and they shed hair for months after having a baby.

One thing that you rarely hear mentioned though is bladder sensitivity, this seems to be a bit of a taboo subject that no-one talks about.

Always Discreet want to empower women to break this female health taboo, to realise that they are not alone as 1 in 3 women over 18 actually suffer from incontinence at some point in their lives. They want women to stop suffering in silence and to talk about it and seek help and advice, so they no longer feel held back from this condition. That is why today Always discreet has released new research that shows millions of British women are suffering from this condition and they are sharing lots of advice from GP Dr Sarah Jarvis for women with sensitive bladders.

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The research showed that over 3.5 million British women are suffering from bladder sensitivity, which is often caused by pregnancy and childbirth. Being a mum of three I religious done my pelvic floor exercises throughout pregnancy, which along with three easy labours seem to have thankfully prevented me from suffering this condition. Sadly almost half of women suffering admit that it affects their happiness.

Women are often embarrassed about mentioning their bladder conditions and seeking help as the research found that 3 in 4 women hold back on mentioning urinary incontinence to health care professionals. The condition can also make women feel older, less attractive, lacking in confidence to wear the clothes that they want or to exercise for fear of leakage. I find this quite sad that women are feeling like this when it such a normal thing to happen to women, especially after having children. 

However along with the research Always Discreet have published they have also released lots of tips to help women to manage this condition better, to stop them suffering in silence and realise that they are not alone as many other women suffer too. They have also included some real-life case studies so you can see how it is affecting other women.

Campaign ambassador Dr Sarah Jarvis has some great advice such as plucking up the courage to tell someone, like a loved one or a GP as they may help you learn to train your bladder. 

She advises that cutting down on coffee, alcohol and fizzy drinks could help control the condition better, but don't forget to keep drinking water as not drinking enough can irritate your bladder further. Advice is also given by experts on style and exercise, with tips on how to help manage the condition whilst still enjoying life to the fullest. 

I know that I too could suffer from a sensitive bladder as I get older or if I ever have more children in the future, but thanks to this research I now know it is such a common condition affecting us women. I also know that it is nothing at all to be ashamed of and that it can happen to anyone, at any time in their life. Thanks to this research I know what to do if I ever do get a sensitive bladder and I also know that Always Discreet is there to help protect me in case of any little accidents I may have. 

If you are one of the 1 in 3 women suffering from a sensitive bladder then please don't feel embarrassed, it is such a common condition and it is time that this female taboo was broken and more women realised that they don't have to suffer in silence and regain their confidence in life. For more information about this research, to see the case studies, find out all the great advice or to find out more about the Always Discreet product range then visit the website

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