If you’re afraid to laugh or sneeze in public, you’re not the only one. But urinary incontinence is actually super common, and thankfully, that means there are lots of bladder leakage products for women both online and in stores — and they're not those oversized grownup diapers your grandma used to wear. Having the right protection can help you feel so much more confident when you’re out and about, especially if your leak protection is made from organic cotton or comes in the form of a cute pair of underpants.
It's about time women had some choices in this department, considering how common this issue can be (particularly for moms). Even five years after giving birth, one-third to one-half of women report some degree of urinary incontinence, according to Parents (lots of pregnant women have leaks, too). This happens when the pelvic floor muscles around the bladder have weakened, or because the nerves controlling the bladder have been damaged in childbirth, says WebMD. When sudden pressure from a cough, heavy lift, or laugh occurs, the bladder pressure overpowers those muscles and leaks break through.
The good news? There are so many options for incontinence products today, with enough variety for you to pick and choose what’s most important to you in your personal protection. Whether you want something organic, reusable, or subscription-based, it’s out there, mama.
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