Even though I know I am no longer 25 or even 35, sometimes when I look in a mirror, I am still shocked at the person looking back. I don’t feel “older”, but that darn mirror doesn’t lie!
Boy oh boy, do I ever miss my 20’s and 30’s — these are the years when our bodies are the strongest, our senses are the keenest, and our minds are the sharpest.
Even though I don’t dwell on it, I do know gradual physical changes happen as we age. Our bones aren’t as strong as they once were, our hair thins out, we lose some muscle mass (I’m looking at you…jiggly arms!), we start to notice a few age spots and wrinkles and we even lose some height!
My beautiful daughter and I having dinner at a local inn.
Other physical changes I have noticed in myself and know happen to many people are Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) and/or Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). These changes can occur for a variety of reasons, at any time in your life, but is more common as we age. This is because, as we get older changes in the bladder happen too —
- The elastic tissue becomes tough and the bladder becomes less stretchy resulting in the bladder not holding as much urine as before.
- The bladder muscles weaken.
- The urethra can become partially or completely blocked. In women, this can be due to weakened muscles that cause the bladder or vagina to fall out of position (prolapse). *1.)
I don’t want you to think aging is all doom and gloom because that is far from the truth. These changes are just a part of living and like every change in life, you can choose to dwell on the way things were or adapt to the way thing are, and get on with living. Getting on with living is what I choose to do.
Hiking a nearby trail…this moment was made possible by the good folks at Poise®
I made a conscious decision a long time ago that I was never going to ever allow possible bladder leakage to dictate what I can and cannot do in my life. I called it “Seizing My Poise® Moment”! It was the moment when I realized with the correct tools, which are products specifically made for bladder leakage (not periods), I did not have to miss out on anything. I could continue to take part in every fun adventure that the world has to offer such as swimming, hiking, travel, and dancing.
I really like the wide variety of products offered by Poise® . You can choose which of the products are right for you, ranging from liners to pads to Impressa® — I have used all of them at various times, depending on the circumstance.
I find the microliners, which are discreet and not at all bulky, perfect for feeling confident and protected when wearing shorts or tighter fitting skirts or pants. The ultra-thin pads are what I often wear at night, I just put one on and never have to worry about leaks. The Impressa® Bladder Support is perfect for swimming and long hikes. I just insert it, forget about it and know I am protected for up to 12-hours.
You will easily figure out what’s best for you too. Try all the Poise® products and see what works best for you and your specific situation.
Poise® Pads and Liners:
- Poise® pads are specifically designed for LBL and stay up to 3X drier than leading period-only maxis and provide 3-in-1 protection for dryness, comfort, and odour control.
Both as a nurse and as a woman, I feel the Poise® Impressa® is a revolutionary product! It works by actually placing pressure on the urethra to help stop unexpected leaks.
Until recently, women had little choice but to absorb their leaks with pads, absorbent briefs or resort to invasive surgery.
With Impressa® all that has changed. It’s easy to insert and remove (just like a normal tampon), comfortable to wear and you can leave it in for up to 12 hours in any 24-hour period.
Now women can comfortably and discreetly stop leaks and regain their sense of freedom to live active, fulfilling lives.
So, even though I have experienced some physical changes related to aging, I’m still the same stubborn woman I have always been and I won’t allow leaks to get in the way of living my life to the fullest. A big part of why I continue to do all the fun things I did in my younger years is because Poise® products have given me that confidence.
Inukshuk are a symbol of the human spirit.
I love this quote by Betty Friedan, it just about sums up how I feel about life and living it to the fullest —
“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Betty Friedan (1921-2006)
I am so grateful I discovered Poise® products and am an Ambassador for the brand. With Poise® and the confidence they give me I can continue living my life to the fullest. I want you to know you can do that too, which is exactly why I wanted to share this post with you!
If you would like to try Poise® products visit Poise.com to learn more about the Thin-Shape Light Absorbency pads and download a saving coupon should you want to pick up a Poise® Impressa® sizing kit of your own, so you too can seize your Poise® moment!
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Do you or someone you know have any type of bladder leakage? If so, has worry about incontinence been dictating how you live?
1.) The bulleted information was obtained from — Aging changes in the kidneys and bladder: Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia
Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Poise® Canada. As always, all opinions are our own.