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Hey. Hey, you. Yeah you, the one reading this article about... Dare I say it... Light Bladder Leakage!
When you read that, did you angle your laptop screen down? Minimize your window? Or maybe you cancelled out of this article altogether, in which case, you’ll never know that I even wrote that sentence for you...
I know, the concept of Light-Bladder-Leakage is a bit confronting, mainly because society often tells us to hide the fact that we experience it at all. In this article however, I refuse to dice around the subject. Here at Confitex, we believe that something like LBL should never impact the way we choose to live our lives. We’ll get more into the mantra of Confitex and how we came to exist in the coming days, but for now we just want to share 5 quick facts that you may not know about LBL so you can get your head in the game. Or in this instance, the undies on your butt - because we won’t hide away in shame any longer!
It’s a common misconception that LBL is solely a women’s only issue, and while 1/3 women will experience LBL in their lifetime, 25% of men will, too. Issues such as prostate cancer, stress, urethra blockage and age can all influence the functioning of a man’s bladder. In fact, at Confitex, nearly half of our customers are men – which suggests that as human beings with bladders, we have more in common than we might think!
Believe it or not, while taking certain types of medicine can minimize the symptoms of LBL, common medications like diuretics, antihistamines, sleeping pills and anti-depressants can cause it – so if you are going to take the medical route, make sure you disclose what medications you take regularly so your doctor can take everything into account when assessing a treatment plan.
Just because your bladder leaks, much like undies, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all reason or approach. Different types of incontinence include stress incontinence, overactive bladder incontinence, urinary retention incontinence, overflow incontinence, functional incontinence... And the list goes on! We will be looking at these in more detail over the coming days.
I’m sorry to sound boring, but things like diet and lifestyle can have a huge impact on LBL. It should come as no surprise that smoking, drinking alcohol and consuming too much coffee can have an adverse affect on your bladder, but did you know that foods like tomatoes, lemons, spicy foods and even chocolate can play a part, too? Watch this space for tips as to how you can monitor what might be triggering your LBL. (NB: if the thought of cutting out chocolate makes you cringe as much as me... Then Confitex undies have never looked better!)
You probably know this already. Plainly put, the fact that we have to deal with LBL sucks. As if we don’t have enough going on in our lives already, right?! LBL can mess with our mental state for several reasons. We may feel restricted in the clothes we wear, the things we consume, and how we engage in physical activity. Worse, as previously mentioned, society can tell us to feel ashamed and to hide the fact that we experience LBL at all – but here at Confitex, we don’t think that’s any way to live.
We’ve designed great looking undies which help manage LBL so that you can get on with the important things in life. Things like jumping on trampolines with the kids, going to yoga class with the girls and helping your neighbor move that heavy wardrobe (because there might be a box-a-beers involved in that). Keep an eye on your inbox for practical tips, advice and information on LBL and beyond, designed to help you live life to the fullest – even if the term ‘fullest’ seems like a bad pun in this instance!
We’re stoked to have you with us.