This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Always Discreet. The opinions and text are all mine.
So I have a confession to make: I don't make friends easily. I'm friendly, I can hold a conversation well. I basically get along with everyone.
I've lived in Atlanta for almost 15 years now and it's just within the last 5 years that I made really GOOD friends here.
And now that we all have kids…well, it's a beautiful thing.
A few of my friends and I get together once in a blue moon to have wine, food, and to laugh and cry and vent about everything going on in our lives: the good, the bad and the ugly.
At our last gathering, one of my friends brought up the fact that after 3 kids, every time she laughed, she experienced bladder leaks. After a stunned silence, everyone, one by one began to chip in with their own experiences. It turned out, several of us at one time or another (especially after childbirth) had experienced some type of urinary incontinence or an overactive bladder.
It was enlightening.
It's that one thing that none of us talked about, which was especially surprising since we talk about EVERYTHING else.
I shared my own story about how after giving birth to an 8 lb. 3 oz. Pookah, I had to actually have surgery on my bladder and spent many months dealing with stress incontinence and unexpected bladder leaks. I had kept it a secret from even my husband at the time because…embarrassed much?
But sitting in that sister circle with a glass of wine in my hand, it was easy to share my experience and listen to theirs and realize that I wasn't alone!
Did you know that 1-in-3 women experience bladder leaks? And 1-in-2 African-American women experiences bladder leaks, but only 1-in-9 use incontinence products?
It's the stigma I think. I remember going to the store in the middle of the night and using the self-checkout lane to get those bulky uncomfortable pads for the “just in case” times. The Always Discreet Incontinence liners for light bladder leaks would have been perfect. They absorb 2x more than the leading period liner and have RapidDry ™ and OdorLock™ protection.
Always Discreet has feminine, discreet bladder leak protection products that can help us continue to live full, happy lives despite bladder leaks.
Women need to know that there is incontinence help out there. Always Discreet comes in liners, pads and underwear. SO that you can have the tools you need to live your best life.
I'm looking forward to our next sister-friend gathering so that we can talk about life and the things that matter to us. These gatherings always let me know I'm not alone in this motherhood and womanhood journey. I love that we can talk about real life things and find out that we are not alone. It's priceless.
Remember if you are experiencing stress incontinence or bladder leaks, there is incontinence help for women! Don't be afraid to ask. Don't be afraid to share. Your experience might help someone else.
Do you have a group of sister friends that you can talk to anything about?
This content was sponsored by Always Discreet but all thoughts and opinions are my own.