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Chances are, you haven’t met many people who openly admit to experiencing light bladder leakage. I mean – it’s hardly a regular conversation topic at Friday night drinks. Plus, I don’t think a player from a major sports team has made normalizing incontinence their plight (yet!).
But did you know that on average, one in four men and one in three women will experience light bladder leakage in their lifetime?
There are many different reasons why someone might experience LBL, including pregnancy/childbirth, health, illness, diet, and age – but while the physical realities are one thing, the emotional toll this condition has can be debilitating.
Adult diapers have traditionally been a gift one might receive at a birthday celebration as a joke. Most advertising addressing the subject implies that it is a condition to be hidden. We have been taught that incontinence is something that happens as we age, yet the reality is that there are many people out there who experience incontinence for non-age-related reasons (such as illness or injury).
Because of how light bladder leakage has been portrayed, the topic has become somewhat taboo, despite its prevalence among men and women both young and old.
For many people, the onset of incontinence brings with it symptoms which are not dissimilar to depression.
You might lose interest in activities you once enjoyed. You might become anxious in social situations. You might stop playing sport, keeping fit, running around with the kids or having sex. You might feel like you’ve somehow failed as a human being.
Because of these emotions and changes, light bladder leakage can affect more than just the individual. If someone you know experiences light bladder leakage, it can make going out for dinner, going to the movies or hanging out with friends a stressful scenario. They may become irritable if their light bladder leakage is affecting their sleep. They may seem distant and disinterested, when in truth, not only are they uncertain as to how to talk about this topic – in their heads, they are totally consumed by it.
The numbers say it all - incontinence is a widely experienced phenomenon, yet the amount of people who feel they have to suffer in silence behind closed doors, and change their lifestyles to suit is even more phenomenal.
At Confitex, as we learned more about the topic of light bladder leakage, we decided that something just didn’t add up. We got kind of mad about it. And that’s why we decided to do what we do – help people reclaim their identity, and maintain their independence - light bladder leakage and beyond.
Unlike traditional LBL products, we’ve designed our undies to be stylish, comfortable and 100% functional (we even designed some to be sexy). They feature a 3 layer technology which assists with LBL (read more about this technology HERE, and are reusable, washable and dry-able - just like normal undies.
Time to do away with the bulky pads. Time to stop dip diving down the adult diaper aisle hoping you don’t see anyone you know. Time to feel like a regular human who happens to experience light bladder leakage, rather than a human-restricted by circumstance.
See, we know that light bladder leakage can come as a bit of a shock, and that no one wants to have to live with this condition - but sometimes, life throws us a curve ball– and when it does, what can we do but catch it and keep running, both literally and metaphorically (that’s where we come in)!
NB – if you are experiencing symptoms similar to depression, whether it be due to light bladder leakage or otherwise, we recommend talking with your GP or a registered counselor