Bladder leakage is no joke. It’s also not something that a lot of people talk about because many find it embarrassing. I think the reason so many find it embarrassing is because they don’t really look at it the way they should. That’s a shame.
Motherhood…now that’s amazing, right? It’s a blessing. It’s an adventure. It’s a job in and of itself. But what many don’t think about when they think of motherhood are the battle wounds that many of us bear from it. No one tells you about the negative aspects of pregnancy…like bladder leakage. It’s like some taboo subject. Instead, it’s something you joke about with only your closest friends and family members.
Why? Isn’t everything about bringing a new life into this world supposed to be precious and amazing? Isn’t it supposed to leave us in wide-eyed wonderment at its fabulousness?
Look, here’s the deal: I started experiencing bladder leakage after my son was born. My one and only child. At first, it didn’t really seem to bother me too bad. It happened occasionally when I coughed too hard, sneezed or laughed too hard. It still does…only now it’s way more noticeable to me. It’s noticeable enough to make me uncomfortable.
For a while, I was thankful that I worked from home. It limits the number of opportunities for embarrassment. However, I didn’t want to be condemned to my home office. Why should I be? Just because I occasionally spring a leak whenever something is REALLY funny? I cough too hard or something triggers a sneeze? No. I’m a mom, damn it. That’s just one of my battle wounds. Consider it a stretch mark…it’s just on my bladder where no one can see it.
When I went into this campaign, what I didn’t know was that there are more people with bladder leakage in their 20’s than there are those in their 80’s! In fact, there are more people with bladder leakage under the age of 50 than there are 60 or older, and the average age is only 52! It made me feel a whole lot better about myself to know that I’m far from alone in what I’m experiencing.
Thankfully, today there are products that cater to the needs of those that suffer from light to moderate bladder leakage, too. Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs have a lower rise+ for an underwear-like look, fit and feel. As a category first, Depend SAF is available in black and beige colors, so you do have a choice.
What I really respect about this brand is that Depend is entering year two of Underwareness, a social movement and charitable cause to break down the bladder leakage stigma. As part of Underwareness, the Depend brand is encouraging people to show their support for women with bladder leakage.
- For every photo and video shared using #Underwareness and featuring Depend products, the Depend brand will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.
- They’re also encouraging those interested to request a free sample of Depend Silhouette Active Fit, so be sure to get yours today before this offer is gone!
Don’t be afraid to laugh that big, happy, belly laugh anymore. Don’t run to the bathroom every time you cough or sneeze. Live life with confidence again!