This post is brought to you by Wearever Incontinence Panties.
We all know a decreasing level of estrogen triggers menopause, and if we’re one of the lucky women, we go through this physical transition with hardly a symptom.
But many of us aren’t so lucky, and we feel like we’re being attacked on all sides: Hot flashes making our hair look like we just washed it; dryer skin; vaginal pain as the tissue thins (why can’t our bellies get thin, instead?). Since estrogen helps to keep the lining of the bladder and urethra healthy, deterioration of these tissues can cause a condition called stress incontinence, also called LBL (Light Bladder Leakage). Pre-existing genetic conditions, as well as childbirth or a hysterectomy, also can cause our pelvic floor muscles to weaken, which affects bladder control.
About 30 percent of all women—of all ages—experience LBL. A big sneeze can cause a little leak. So can exercise and coffee. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve or help reverse the condition:
Stop smoking. Smoking is a contributing factor for bladder leakage during menopause, not to mention lung cancer. Either way you look at it, smoking is a big, big mistake.
Treat a chronic cough. This can cause ongoing pressure on the pelvic floor and, over time, can weaken it.
Lose weight. We tend to gain weight during menopause. One study showed that women with an average weight of about 200 pounds who lost 10 percent of their body weight, had a 70 percent reduction in leakage.
If you don’t do core strengthening or kegel exercise, start now. The best person to teach you how to do kegels correctly is a pelvic floor physical therapist.
Do it all in style. We wore sanitary napkins and tampons when we had our periods. Not very stylish. Now we can attend to our LBL symptoms and be fashionable at the same time. Wearever panties have inner linings and slim, hidden pads built into their crotches that wick moisture away from our bodies, and quickly absorb it, so we stay comfortable.
Wearever’s pretty styles include soft prints, solids, and lacy numbers. They’re made of fabrics including nylon, cotton blends and polyester and will hold their own for up to 250 washes, the company says. At $15.00 for a single pair, and less per pair for a pack of three, we can save an average of $500 a year compared to the cost of disposable pads, panty liners or adult diapers. That’s a big savings!
These fabulous panties from Wearever, which come in a range of styles, from sexy lace to a comfortable blends of nylon and cotton. They’ll keep you dry when you experience light bladder leakage. Even better, they last up for up to 250 washes, and cost around just $15.
Enter code 10OFF at checkout to receive 10% off your order, through 12/31/14. Shop now!