I can’t help but cringe and get a little angry inside when ‘lady product’ commercials come on. There was one in particular the other day that sounded promising. It was on in the background so I didn’t see what was being advertised initially. There was beautiful music in the background and they were making a compelling plea for women to start talking about their leaking. For women to take charge of their life so they can get back to doing what they love.
I was so excited to hear there was a commercial promoting women to be open about leaking. It’s time women realize they’re not the only one experiencing incontinence. Yay for being progressive!
My excitement quickly turned to shock though because do you know what the solution was??? To put some pads in your gym bag because leaking is an unavoidable part of being a woman!!!
No it isn’t!! Leaking is a very common symptom that women experience and actually, up to 50% will experiencing it at some point in their life. However, common is not the same as normal and LEAKING IS NOT NORMAL.
What an ass backwards message out there for women!!!
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for using products when needed but not as a first line of defense!
If the roof of your house was leaking would you just put a loose tarp over the hole and say its fixed or would you get a roofer in and get the hole repaired?
Leaking can be the result of many things:
1. Your pelvic floor being weak
2. Your pelvic floor being tense and fatiguing on you
3. The muscles around your pelvis aren’t strong enough, leaving your pelvic floor without a good frame to work from
4. You may be overusing your abdominals or maybe you are a breath holder, both of which creates extra pressure on the bladder
5. Your posture
6. You may have some prolapse
These are all issues we treat as pelvic health physiotherapists. The issues you’re having are related to the pelvic bones, your pelvic floor and deep core muscles, and your movement habits.
There are exercises you can do and strategies you can learn to ensure you stay dry down there.
So If you are leaking, even a little bit, I urge you to get to the root of the problem instead of going straight to a band-aid for your underwear.