I’m a 41 year old female and with a 1 year old little girl. Since having my first child I’ve suffered with bladder leakages, I thought over time it would improve but 1 year on and it seems to be getting worse. I’m too embarrassed to talk to anyone about it even my partner and its making me paranoid every day. Is this normal? Can I do anything to help with this? The pads I’m wearing don’t seem to be helping.
Incontinence after childbirth is a common problem for women, and there are many ways you can make it easier to manage. Although many cases resolve in the first year after birth, one-third to one-half of women report some degree of leakage up to five years after delivery. It is therefore not a huge worry that you are experiencing this. It is vital, however, that you do talk to a Doctor to ensure there are no other underlying issues. Although initially embarrassing, Doctors deal with this issue on almost a daily basis so you should not fear being judged. They can also recommend methods of surgery if required.
Are your leakages light or heavy? It may be that your pads are the wrong absorbency, or it may be wise to switch to a more absorbent style of product such as pull up pants or an all-in-one. What are the pads called that you are currently wearing? I can recommend a product for you if you include these details.
Have you tried doing any exercises to help combat the problem? You can read about how to do pelvic floor muscle exercises here.
In what situations do you find you experience leakages? I can provide you with tips for managing incontinence while running and additional lifestyle tips if you wish.