I love going to the movies. Though, I’ve come to realize that trophy-worthy performances aren’t happening just on the screen. Ladies with light bladder leakage (LBL) can be amazing actresses. In honor of the movies, I asked a few of my girlfriends to share their red-carpet moments when dealing with LBL at the theater. Maybe you’ll recognize yourself in one of them. I sure did!
Don’t-wanna-miss-a-moment mishap – Sometimes the movie is so good, you don’t want to miss a second of it. When the urge to go gets strong, you calmly walk to the restroom. No one can tell that you’re panicking and praying all the way there. If this happens to you, you’ll love these great little tips my from award-worthy women friends.
• Preplan your bathroom breaks by visiting www.RunPee.com. It’s a site that tells you when the slow parts of the movie are so you can plan out the best time to go. How cool is that? There’s even a phone app for it!
• Concentrate on your breathing. The urge to go can be overwhelming, especially during those last few feet to the bathroom. That’s the worst! When your mind is busy thinking, “I gotta go, gotta go, gotta go,” it’s makes things worse. Replace those thoughts by counting your breaths – in for the count of five, out for the count of five. The distraction can help get you into the bathroom and back to your movie with minimal to no panty dampening.
Laugh-out-loud leaks – The audience bursts into laughter. You laugh so hard, tears well up in your eyes. Then, oops, you feel a little leak. If this happens to you, don’t worry. You aren’t the only one. I did a Google search on the phrase, “I laughed so hard, I peed.” It brought up 278,000 matches! My girlfriend said, “The first time it happened to me at the movies, I was watching the boardroom scene from “Liar, Liar.” I had to wrap my underwear in toilet paper.” She now has an award-worthy solution that keeps her laughing in her chair instead of rushing to the restroom. She wears LBL-specific pads. They keep her comfortable no matter how long she laughs.
Movie-night munchies – Everyone loves going out to dinner and a movie. It’s so tempting to order cocktails, spicy appetizers, and to end the meal with a cup of coffee. Then, when you get to the movies, that giant-sized soda goes so well with your popcorn. After eating sensibly all week long, it’s hard not to splurge once in a while. That’s the recipe for an LBL inducing movie night. The excitement of the movie, combined with the typical LBL food triggers of alcohol, spicy foods, caffeine, and carbonated drinks can aggravate your bladder. So what do you do AFTER the splurge? Sit in an aisle seat. That way you can get up easily as often as you need to. With these tips, any woman with LBL can become a star at enjoying a night out at the movies.
Has managing your LBL ever turned YOU into a best-actress nominee?