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By Ruchel Louis Coetzee
Posted On Jul 31, 2017

How many times have you laughed or sneezed with such gusto that you failed to hold your bladder? If this has happened to you more often than you care to remember, you may be experiencing what is known as light bladder leaks (LBL) or overactive bladder (OAB). Embarrassing as it may be, this condition is more common than you think. According to the American Urological Association (AUA), approximately 1 in 3 adults, 40 years of age and older, have reported symptoms of OAB at least “sometimes.” From momager, Kris Jenner, to pop star, Katy Perry, many celebrities have had no shame in admitting to their own incontinence situations. Jenner has said she wears incontinence panties to multiple Hollywood events while Perry credits her strength and “being a more understanding person” to the time she wore diapers in high school. Medical professionals and those in-the-know are now turning to the benefits of strengthening their pelvic muscles and other minimally invasive tips to combat light bladder leaks. Brooke Burke-Charvet and Dr. Jessica Shepherd, OBGYN are both women, fitness enthusiasts, and are passionate about educating women about LBL and finding the right products to use. Here, Dr. Jessica Shepherd and Brooke Burke-Charvet share their tips, treatments, and favorite products to help combat light bladder leaks.


What is the primary cause of light bladder leakage?


Dr. Jessica Shepherd      Many women – 1 in 3 in fact – may experience some mild occasional leakage when they are younger, and then note a sudden worsening around menopause. This is no coincidence as estrogen helps to keep the connective tissues of the pelvis and urinary tract healthy. With the lack of estrogen that accompanies menopause, the supports to the bladder and urethra weaken. Also, bladder capacity reduces as we get older, so we need to go to the restroom more frequently. Medical disorders, such as hypertension, vascular disease, neurological disorders, and diabetes, as well as everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting, or certain exercises can also trigger LBL.


How is urinary incontinence diagnosed?


Dr. Jessica Shepherd      Usually women will start to have leakage through typical day-to-day activities (laughing, sneezing, coughing, exercise) and will inquire with their doctor to learn more. By having open dialogue with your health professional about your symptoms, they can then diagnose and give you the best course of treatment.


Are there different types of urinary continence?


Dr. Jessica Shepherd      There are several types of urinary incontinence, the most common include stress incontinence and overactive bladder (also called urge incontinence).


How can you prevent bladder leakage from happening, if at all possible?


Dr. Shepherd     Over the last 5-10 years, there has been a change in terms of options health professionals can offer to women suffering from LBL and now more than ever, we are turning to minimally invasive solutions like strengthening the pelvic floor through muscle training/exercises and effective product solutions from Poise brand for day-to-day use. Poise Impressa was developed out of this need. While urinary leakage affects 1 in 3 women, the treatment options available are not effective or well suited for everyone. Many women choose to use absorbent pads and often sacrifice quality of life rather than adhering to their treatment. Poise Impressa Bladder Supports offer a new over-the-counter intra-vaginal option in the stress urinary incontinence treatment paradigm.


Brooke Burke-Charvet   Poise has a variety of options that provide comfort, discretion and enable women to find the solution that is right for their needs allowing them to live a confident, active, and healthy life. Poise Impressa is an amazing option. It comes in three sizes so you can find your best fit and help stop bladder leaks, comfortably, pad-free. And Poise pads and liners – designed specifically for light bladder leakage – provide 3-in-1 protection for dryness, comfort, and odor control.BLADDER LEAKS


Dr. Jessica Shepherd      The range of treatments available to women for their bladder leakage is wide, from simple exercises at one end to reconstructive surgery at the other. A urologist, urogynecologist, or Ob-Gyn can work closely with you to help you decide which option is best.


Why do you think pelvic health, as a topic, is important ?


Brooke Burke-Charvet   When we think about women’s health, we think about fatigue, stress management, or heart disease, etc but 1 in 3 women actually suffer from LBL. One thing we need to talk about is pelvic health, not an easy topic, but that’s why I’ve teamed up with Poise to empower women to find the best solutions for their active lifestyle – whether that’s pelvic strengthening exercises or the right tools such as Poise Impressa, a pad-free solution for active women with LBL.


How do you strengthen your pelvic floor?


Brooke Burke-Charvet   Pelvic exercises are an important part of fitness regimens. A healthy pelvic floor supports the overall core and helps to alleviate the symptoms of light bladder leakage, LBL. Some of my favorite pelvic strengthening exercises are Dead Bug Crunch, Bridges, and Scorpion.


What are other tips and products to combat light bladder leakage (LBL)?


Dr. Jessica Shepherd      “Elvie! This exercise tracker is the newest “it” product when it comes to strengthening pelvic muscles. The device ensures you’re practicing the exercises correctly and updates you on your technique and progress.


How does the exercise tracker, “Elvie,” work?


Dr. Jessica Shepherd      The Elvie Kegel tracker is a small pebble shaped pod that you place inside just like a tampon. It links to the Elvie app which tracks your fun, five minute pelvic floor workouts. For more information on Elvie: https://www.elvie.com/page/faqs.


Dr. Jessica Shepherd added 3 additional tips;


Thyme Essential Oil is a natural way to help alleviate pain as it relates to menstrual and pelvic pain as it has the same anti-inflammatory effects as ibuprofen. Talk to your doctor about the right dosage for you.


Pilates exercises, when done effectively, strengthen the entire body. Kegels are great, but they merely exercise the pelvic floor in isolation. In order for the pelvic floor to reach optimum strength and flexibility, it needs to be exercised in movement.


Excess tension in the pelvic floor (and surrounding) muscles can cause a “headache in the pelvis.” Next time you’re getting ready to take a shower, place 2-3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil on your shower floor while running warm water creating a steam room effect. The pelvic floor will relax as the vapors from the oil surround your pelvic muscles and perineum.”


For more information about pelvic health and/or to get a free sample of the product Poise, visit www.Poise.com. Share your #PoiseMoment and follow along Twitter.com/poise, Facebook.com/poise and Instagram.com/poisebrand.


Also, to read our cover story on Brooke Burke-Charvet go to https://www.newyou.com/celebrity/brooke-burke-charvet-life-love-longevity/