The Drs: Discreet Solutions For Bladder Leakage + Pelvic Floor Exercise

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A woman named Debra contacted The Doctors, explaining that she’s in her late 40s and she’s a mom of four. She has bladder leaks that keep her from exercising and as a result, she’s gained some weight. She avoids drinking anything when she goes out, and she always packs extra clothes just in case she has a leak. She said her condition is really embarrassing and she wants to know how to get her groove back.

The Drs: Discreet Solutions For Bladder Leakage + Pelvic Floor Exercise

The Doctors shared solutions for bladder leakage and how to prevent embarrassing leaks. (PathDoc / Shutterstock.com)

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Dr. Rachael Ross said Debra is not alone, and approximately 40 million women suffer from bladder leaks in the U.S. She welcomed Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of The Best Of Everything After 50, to talk about her tips for dealing with bladder leaks.

Barbara explained that exercise is essential for our long term health and well-being, and a lot of women hesitate to do it if they have bladder leaks. Dr. Ross said one possible reason for bladder leaks is a weakening of the pelvic floor. She said the bladder can hold up to one and a half to two cups of urine. Barbara explained that it doesn’t only happen to women over 50, and said 40% of women over 40 also experience a sensitive bladder. Even 20% of young athletes admit to leaking from time to time.

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Barbara said it can happen to anyone as we go through changes in our lives. Possible reasons for sudden bladder leakage include pregnancy, weight gain, and menopause.

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Debra joined Dr. Ross and Barbara to find some solutions for her problem. Dr. Ross encourage Debra to focus on pelvic floor strength, saying that the same muscle she uses to stop urinating, should be squeezed and held for three seconds, done ten to 12 times, and then repeated two to three times a day.

Solution number two for bladder leakage is watching your diet, because there are a lot of bladder irritants. She said that artificial sweeteners, acidic fruits, and juices can all irritate the bladder. If you’re having bladder issues, you should “tone down” the consumption of those types of foods. Barbara said you should also cut back on any alcoholic drinks, because often they can contribute to bladder leaks.

Solution number three was a product that was thinner and more discreet. She shared that Always has come out with a new line of products that are discreet but provide great protection from leaks. They have liners and pads that are both two times more absorbent than what the average woman really needs. Another option would be disposable underwear with a leak guard barrier.

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