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Resolutions already wavering? If you're experiencing sensitive bladder and have been putting off talking about it to your partner or close friends, or have been changing your usual routine as a result of the condition, it's time to take action.
Managing the condition means it won't impact on your day-to-day life. The Always Discreet for sensitive bladder range features a line-up of innovative products – liners, pads and pants – tailored to fit the needs of all women with a sensitive bladder. With Always Discreet for sensitive bladder, you can feel protected and in control - ready to take on those new year's resolutions with confidence. You can do that dance class, join the local gym, go on more days out with the kids, and be more carefree, without having to worry about those little leaks.
We recommend having a chat to your doctor to help you find a solution that's right for you, but here are is our five step guide to dealing with sensitive bladder…
Step 1: Get some support
If you've been putting off talking about your bladder sensitivity to your partner, close friends, or even your GP, it's time to get some support. Not only will it take a load of your shoulders just by opening up about it, but their understanding will help to give you the confidence to make the most out of every day, as well as encouraging you to keep to your normal routine and behaviours. So don't be shy, talk about your symptoms and how they make you feel, and ask for practical or emotional support when you need it.
Step 2: Pay attention to your pelvic floor
It's never too late (or too early!) to start pelvic floor exercises, which help strengthen your pelvic floors muscles to give you more bladder control. Not sure where your pelvic floor muscles are? Have a go at stopping a pee mid-flow and you'll feel them. To start a pelvic floor exercise, simply squeeze these muscles 10 to 15 times (not while you're going to the loo though). You can do them while you're shopping in the supermarket or feeling potatoes in the kitchen – no one will know. They'll benefit your sex life too!
Step 3: Drink enough water
We know it's tempting when you're trying to avoid going to the loo, but reducing the amount you drink can aggravate your bladder by making your urine more concentrated. Make sure you stay hydrated with the recommended six to eight glasses of water a day – it's also great for radiant skin ¬– and cut back on the caffeine, alcohol and fizzy drinks.
Step 4: Train your bladder
You might not know it, but your bladder is actually trainable! Start by keeping a daily schedule when it comes to toilet visits to help you see when you're going to the loo the most and how you can change your toilet pattern. Talk to your doctor for more information on how to do this.
Step 5: Wear the right protection
To ensure you feel secure, fresh and confident every day, you need to be wearing a product that is designed specifically for sensitive bladder. Always Discreet for sensitive bladder offers a wide range of products to fit the needs of all women experiencing the condition. The liners and pads have an absorbent DualLock™ core that helps lock away odour and wetness. They're up to 40% thinner* than the leading brand, yet offer twice as much absorbency than you may need.** The pants offer up to 100% comfort and protection. Plus, all products have the exclusive OdourLock™ technology that neutralises odours continuously. Knowing you're wearing reliable and secure protection will give you the confidence to enjoy life to the full. So diary at the ready – it's time to start planning your fantastic year ahead.
Go to alwaysdiscreet.co.uk for more information and to request your free Always Discreet for sensitive bladder sample.
(*Compares to the leading brand (percentage varies across line-up). **Based on average consumer loading.)