Why Are We Putting Up With The Impacts Of Urinary Incontinence? #WorldContinenceWeek

This week is World Continence Week (22nd - 28th June 2015) which is aiming to raise awareness about the taboo subject of bladder weakness issues and to mark to occasion, Femifree have surveyed 2000 women about this which reveals the true impact of Urinary Incontinence. 

Just under a third said they have suffered from bladder weakness for the last five years with 48% of them saying that they believed that pregnancy and child birth was the reason why they had bladder weakness. 35% said they are embarrassed by it yet  68% of those surveyed have never consulted their GP regarding their bladder weakness, just getting on and putting up with it. 

We all know that after having a child you need to exercise your pelvic floor muscles. Some of us (me!) were a bit blasé about this when I was told and didn't even really try when I first had Thomas 6 years ago but then paid the price when it came to having more children. 

You see because of where your pelvic floor muscles are (The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that help to keep your bladder, vagina, uterus and bowel in place, they also help you control bladder and bowel movements), it means that when pregnant, the baby basically sits on them for 9 whole months and pushes them down, stretching them and making them weak which can cause loss of bladder control. 

It isn't just pregnancy that causes this though, the pelvic floor muscles are like any other muscles in the body, if you don't exercise them they can lose tone and strength causing symptoms of urinary incontinence. The most common type, Stress Incontinence, is when the pelvic floor muscles are weakened so pressure on the bladder results in leakage which can happen when you cough, laugh, sneeze, stretching, exercise and even have sex.

Two in five women say they are unaware of methods that can help them treat their UI/weak bladder, 46% have tried pelvic floor exercises/kegels but 32% find that this don't help with their bladder weakness and that they don’t feel like they make any difference.

Femifree is an innovative solution that treats the underlying cause of the problem which is clinically proven to gently strengthen the pelvic floor muscle for the effective treatment of urinary incontinence.

Other stimulation devices have to be used internally which puts off a lot of women but Femifree is placed around the upper thigh and buttock area and electrodes then stimulate the area to cause the pelvic floor muscle to contract, effectively exercising it.

It is recommended that you use the garment 30 minutes each day, 5 days per week for 12 weeks for full results but users will start to notice a real difference after around 4 weeks.

You can see how Femifree works by watching this video:

Using this treatment could give women such a better quality of life as the shocking stats that Femifree have revealed from their survey shows just how many women are affected by this on a daily basis.

According to the Femifree Lifestyle Report, 50% of the people surveyed worry about laughing in public because of this exact reason, they have no bladder control. I actually feel sad about this. I am such an advocate of talking out about your problems and speaking as much as possible to end the taboo around them. I try to write about these hard to talk about subjects as much as possible to help other women who feel embarrassed and maybe give them a little help and encouragement to do something about it.

It's not just about being afraid to laugh like I have mentioned above. Many women, 43% in fact, say it has affected the clothes they choose to wear with a fifth saying that they wear dark clothing to hide any leakage and worry that their work colleagues may notice how often they take toilet breaks.

Check out this Infographic from Femifree to see some of the stats that they collated together:

So if you are one of these people that have been suffering with urinary incontinence in silence, please seek help, there are many ways that you can strengthen your pelvic floor muscle and it's not uncommon so shouldn't be something that you embarrassed to talk about.

It's more common than you think and us women need to unite to make sure others don't feel uncomfortable about talking about this or talking about anything that affects them so badly. Get talking!


Mum Tries | Miraclesuit Tankini & Skirt

When it comes to swimwear Miraclesuit need no introduction. They are the market leader in the shaping arena for both swimwear and shape-wear with the tagline "Look 10lbs Lighter in 10 Seconds" and are guaranteed to flatter, shape and streamline your silhouette.

For a new mum like me, it is a dream come true as it has three times the "holding power" of the average swimsuit and accomplishes this without the conventional girdle control linings, simply engineered like no other swimsuit in the world. making us mums look and feel beautiful. 

Patricia Eve are the sole UK distributor for Miraclesuit swimwear and feature all the new season and latest styles on their website as well as listing stockists for the brand. They were lovely enough to send me out a lovely Miraclesuit tankini and skirt set to try out for myself.

Wearing swimwear can be quite daunting after giving birth as, not only can you have stretch-marks and the like, but your body will have also changed and it is a lot to get used to. Miraclesuit make this process easier as their suits hug to your body and hold you in to give you back that shape without having to ditch the doughnuts.

One of my main concerns when first wearing the Miraclesuit, was that I would feel as though I couldn't breathe when wearing it because of all the sucking in control. That was far from the case though and it is not only comfortable but it also gave me a much more flattering silhouette.

I chose a tankini set as I much prefer these rather than a regular swimsuit. Opting for a skirt bottom to cover up hips and the tops of my legs. It's weird but after 3 pregnancies, the part of my body that I am most self-conscious about is the tops of my legs.

The tankini top is black and white with an animal print design which not only looks stylish but also takes the eye away from the figure and on to the design instead whilst the skirt is black and matches the edging on the tankini top without looking too in your face, as you would if the whole set was animal print.

The side ruching helps to disguise those pesky muffin-tops and the padded bra lining gives the bust support whilst smoothing out curves. The tummy control is great and the suit is really flattering to wear. It shapes, hugs and slims the body to give you a really nice figure and it doesn't feel too tight or restrictive whilst on.

Overall, I love the Miraclesuit tankini and skirt set as not only does it fit perfectly whilst hugging to my body and giving my comfort and piece of mind whilst out in the sun, but it does actually do exactly what it says, making me look 10lb light, if not more, without having to diet or worry.

And that is something that all new mums like me just want to do, to be able to feel comfortable whilst at the beach, swimming or just chilling in the hot weather, without having to worry about our figure, our lumps and bumps and just having fun instead.