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I have written before about my problems with bladder leakage. My cough variant asthma can often make it difficult to avoid a little incontinence. Normally I can get away with wearing a panty liner or something similar to protect my clothes from the occasional leak. But there are times, when we are out shopping, or on a hike, that I cough so hard it soaks through everything. I can’t tell you how embarrassing it is to try to get home without anyone noticing I have wet my pants (insert extremely red face here).
Did You Know?
- Over 51 million American women experience bladder leakage. That’s 1 in 3 American women.
- There are many common causes of bladder leakage in women including pregnancy, childbirth and even diabetes.
Recently I saw the gynecologist for my yearly checkup. When she asked if I had any issues I wanted to discuss, I told her about my frequent urge to urinate, as well as my leakage problems. She asked me if I did Kegels (pelvic floor muscle exercises). I told her I did. She suggested I attend an incontinence class. I asked her if my blood pressure meds and chronic cough could be causing the problem. She said yes, but maybe the class would help.
Honestly, I have read all the literature and tried all the tips, such as drinking less liquids, avoiding caffeine, losing weight, etc. And while I recommend all of these as a starting point, if, like me, you have tried everything but are still having incontinence problems, you need more than just well-intentioned advice.
I have avoided wearing undergarments specifically designed for incontinence, because, honestly, there has been a perceived stigma. People think of incontinence products as the last step before the nursing home, I think. The other reason was that traditional bladder leakage products were bulky and I didn’t want something that would show under my clothes.
Fortunately, Depend has a solution that fits my on-the-go lifestyle. To support the over 51 million women who experience bladder leakage, the Depend brand is introducing Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs, a new moderate-absorbency brief that features a thin design for complete comfort with the trusted protection of the Depend brand and a lower rise+ for an underwear-like look, fit and feel.
I tried the Silhouette Active Fit briefs and was surprised at how comfortable they are. I could wear them all day without worrying about leaking through my clothes. In addition, they don’t show at all under my clothes (except for the white leggings, but everything shows under those).
The Depend brand is also 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, the Depend brand will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.
Depend is joining forces with CVS Health to support women with bladder leakage as they navigate their path to better health.
Visit www.cvs.com/depend to learn more about Depend Silhouette Active Fit.
Join the movement and request a free sample of Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs at www.depend.com/products/get-samples. Together, we can show that wearing a different kind of underwear is no big deal.