We recently received a question from one of our readers. It went like this:

“HELP PLEASE! So this is a bit embarrassing. I was ‘blessed’ with a big booming laugh. But, as I get older, when I laugh, I leak just a little (damn you bladder!). Is this just me? What can I do to safely laugh again?”

Light bladder leakage (LBL) is one of those annoying things that many women suffer from. Stress incontinence happens when you put pressure on your bladder – things like sneezing, coughing, laughing or running all have the same effect, triggering a slight release.

It’s the most common type of bladder weakness in women, caused by childbirth, or other conditions which weaken the pelvic floor muscles, like weight gain.

Our audience were on hand to help and offered up much reassurance and suggestions:

“You are not alone!!”, was the overwhelming response.

“Unfortunately the price we pay for pushing our babies out. My doctor said virtually all women who deliver vaginally end up with this problem”, said one reader.

As far as solutions are concerned, our readers offered up some great tips:

“This is not an uncommon problem and you should talk to your doctor about it. Poise pads can help if the leak is small. I have had this issue, you are not alone and you shouldn’t be embarrassed. It is very common.”

“You are most definitely not alone. You could try seeing an Incontinence Physio”

“Kegel exercise….. Helps strengthen the lower muscles….”

“It’s not your bladder , just strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Imagine you are trying to stop peeing midstream, it’s those muscles!! Good luck”

What The Experts Say

We also reached out to the experts for some guidance. Poise, who make liners and pads specifically designed for light bladder leakage agreed with our readers that the key lies in strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.

Regular pelvic floor exercises can make a big difference for women affected by this kind of bladder weakness, as does Pilates.

Another big difference to your confidence can be when you use the right product – which many women don’t. Traditional sanitary products aren’t made for LBL. Poise ® products are specifically designed for light to medium protection and up to twice as absorbent, so women of all ages can feel confident no matter what they’re doing – running, yoga, or laughing with friends.

It’s time to reclaim the belly laugh. No holding back. What you should do though is to work on strengthening your pelvic floor muscles and use Poise® liners and pads, with up to twice the absorbency of sanitary products – whether you’re at yoga, out for a run, or in everyday life.

A great way to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles is to create a routine of pelvic floor exercises.  We think the Pelvic Floor Cheat Sheet below (proudly created for us by Poise® is a brilliant start …

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  • Those pelvic floor exercises are so very important.
    I always try and do mine several times a day and thankfully they are working so far. Birthed 3 babies and didnt have an issue. I did have problems for a little while after having a hysterectomy though so I know its no fun.


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