So has anyone else seen these commercials for the Poise pads featuring Kirstie Alley? She appears in the bathroom at a party after a woman starts laughing and has an "oops!" moment. The Poise fairy talks about how 1 in 3 women have light bladder leakage or "LBL" and with all her fairy wisdom, gives you a solution to your problems....pads.
Well, the truth is that "LBL" is a term that the marketing industry came up with that sounds better than the medical term for the same condition, which is....urinary incontinence. In this case, stress urinary incontinence. So call it what you will, LBL or SUI, these are the names for the condition where you are losing urine without meaning to during physical activity, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise.
While I agree with the Poise fairy that having the right pad can be important when you have urinary leakage, I want to let you in on a little secret...there is another more important fairy out there who you need to be talking to! The Urinary Fairy!
Okay, so that may not be the technical term for a pelvic floor physical therapist, but potato, potato. A pelvic floor physical therapist can do the most magical thing of all! They can help you to get rid of the problem!With SUI, the pelvic floor muscles, which support the bladder and urethra, are weak and not able to prevent urine from flowing when pressure is placed on the abdomen, like when you laugh or take a Zumba class or pick up your child. Risk factors for SUI include:
P.S. Check out this video from my fellow urinary fairy about how to do a pelvic floor contraction properly!