We talk about taboo topics a lot here at Rael. From how to remove period stains off your bedsheets (it happens to all of us) to how to take care of your sore boobs during your period, we're not afraid to go there. Why? It is part of our mission to create a safe space for women to share and learn about things that aren't often discussed but are important to our overall health and wellbeing.
So in the spirit of full transparency, we want to shine a light on another topic that affects so many women: urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence, aka the loss of bladder control, is a topic that women are embarrassed to talk about, but it's actually way more common than you'd think. One in three women experiences it at some point in their life. If this is something you struggle with, know that you're not alone and keep reading to learn the top four things to know about urinary incontinence.
Women experience it more than men.
Women’s bodies experience a lot throughout their lifetime including hormonal changes, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. These changes can affect the bladder, urinary tract, and surrounding muscles making them more vulnerable to developing urinary incontinence.
When you're pregnant, for example, the baby's weight can put pressure on the bladder. After vaginal birth, the muscles that control the bladder can weaken. And after a woman goes through menopause, the lower levels of estrogen can weaken the urethra.
There are different types of incontinence.
The most common types are stress incontinence and urge incontinence (also referred to as overactive bladder). Stress incontinence is more common among younger women and is caused by putting any kind of stress around the bladder by doing things such as working out, laughing, coughing, or sneezing.
There's also urge incontinence which, as its name suggests, comes with a strong urge to pee that sometimes doesn't give you enough time to make it to the restroom. It's more common among older women. It's also possible to experience a mix of the two.
It can be a sign of an underlying medical issue.
Urinary incontinence can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. So we can't emphasize enough the importance of talking to your doctor or OB/GYN about it, especially if it is impacting your quality of life. Together, you can develop an appropriate treatment plan that may include training your bladder, losing weight, doing Kegel exercises, or improving your eating habits.
There are products to support you.
Although incontinence is common among women, there aren’t many products on the market to support you that are effective and free of the toxins. That is why we are excited to introduce you to Rael's new Organic Cotton Incontinence Line for bladder leaks. The line features Organic Liners and Organic Cover Pads.
Both the liners and pads are soft, pillowy, and super absorbent. They provide odor control, and they feature leak locker technology that traps fluids, so you know you're always covered. And like our period products, they're made with organic cotton and don't contain any harmful ingredients, chlorine, pesticides, or fragrance. Consider them your new go-tos for dealing with bladder leaks.