Dealing with LBL? Ask! Tell!

When I first started blogging about light bladder leakage, my friends clammed up whenever I'd talk about it. There was a definite "don't ask, don't tell" vibe going on. Today, things have changed. While I was walking out of a coffee shop with my girlfriend Margaret, she followed me to my car saying, "I've got a story for your next blog post!"

"It happened at work. At 9 o'clock in the morning, I laughed and realized, 'Oh #@%#, I leaked!' I wasn't wearing a pad. I was wet. And I couldn't go home," she said. Margaret went on to explain that she only wore pads occasionally because she didn't need them all the time. The problem was, she never knew when it would happen, and over the last couple years it was happening more and more. "I've decided to get over myself, and just add Poise pads to my grocery list. And do my Kegels," she said. I've always admired Margaret's "this is what happened" and "this is what I'm going to do about it" approach to life. I've seen her do this with dating, child-rearing (she's a great mom) and now with LBL.

You might be thinking, "I'm not like Margaret. It would be too embarrassing for me to be that matter-of-fact about it." If so, it might help to know that the first time I started a conversation about LBL, Margaret was too embarrassed to share at first. She thought that she was the only one. You are not alone. One in three women experiences LBL, and when you start the conversation, it's so much easier to learn ways to reduce (and sometimes even eliminate) leaks from slowing you down.

What about you? When did you realize you weren’t the only one to experience LBL? 

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