Springtime DIY Projects Can Teach You Ways To Manage Light Bladder Leakage (LBL)
Does spring have the same effect on you as it does on me? The fresh air and sunshine casts a spell, making deep cleaning and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects irresistible. You might find that all the bending and lifting involved in sprucing things up can bring on leaks. Sneezing and coughing from kicked-up dust and springtime pollen-allergies can also lead to urine leakage. Luckily, if you approach LBL the same way you tackle DIY projects, you can minimize leaks while getting things done.
Follow these three steps:
Step one: Prep for success.
Any good DIY project starts with preparation. You don’t just slap paint on a wall. You start by preparing the surface – scraping and sanding, patching holes, and priming. Preparation leads to success.
Likewise, before starting any task, prep ways to lessen the chance of unwelcomed leaks. For example – if you’re coughing and sneezing from a change-of-weather cold or allergies, treat the symptoms. Constant pressure from chronic coughs can weaken pelvic floor muscles, causing leaks to get worse. Prepare to stay dry by Seizing Your Poise® Moment. Wear an LBL-specific pad or an over-the-counter internal product like Poise* Impressa* Bladder Supports, which helps prevent leaks before they happen.
Step two – Follow instructions.
Whether your DIY project is making small party favors or building a big backyard fire-pit – it helps to follow a set of instructions. Winging it may not give you the results you’re hoping for. The same is true with your health. When it comes to managing light bladder leakage, every woman’s body is different. Get advice and instruction from a medical professional, for the best chance of preventing, reducing or even eliminating leaks.
Some women have Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) – leaks that come with exertion, or a big cough, laugh or sneeze. Some women experience Urge Urinary Incontinence (UUI) or Overactive Bladder (OAB) – leaks caused by a sudden urge or rush to urinate. Some have Mixed Urinary Incontinence (MUI) – a combination of both Stress and Urge Urinary Incontinence. Instructions for managing leaks depends on the degree and type you have. Your doctor might give you instructions for pelvic floor strengthening exercises, ways to distract yourself when the urge to go is overwhelming, or instructions about what food and drinks to avoid, depending on your body’s needs. Following instructions helps you improve the odds of getting good results.
Step three –Expect the unexpected. No matter how easy your DIY project seems on Pinterest, you’re bound to run into small setbacks. Paint spills, edges don’t line up, and you might find yourself patching, fixing or starting over on parts of your project. The key is to clean up the mess as best you can, and keep on going. Perfection is overrated. It’s a standard too high to be maintained by anyone. Besides, it’s often the imperfections that provide the biggest lessons and give your project character.
The same is true when it comes to light bladder leakage. Sure, leaks can be embarrassing – especially when others notice it. Fear of being teased or talked about can bring you to your knees. It’s important to remember that everyone in their own way experiences embarrassment. You are not alone. Don’t let it stop you. Instead, chalk it up as a temporary setback, tidy up, and get back to your life. Remember that you are a unique, one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-repeated person who deserves to enjoy everything life has to offer. Don’t give too much significance to those embarrassing human moments. When you’re dealing with LBL, be gentle with yourself, and get back to work – your spring projects are waiting!
What about you?
What would you add to these DIY steps for managing LBL?