How creating a community group reduced my shame

Bladder leak and incontinence facebook community group

My bladder leak problem started small at first. Just a little bladder leak here or there when coughing or sneezing. Then after a while, I noticed a little incontinence when running, or jumping. It snuck up on me when I wasn’t paying attention. My life was busy, so I started wearing disposable panty liners and went about my day, without giving it much thought.

It was at that moment when I should have started my pelvic floor exercises or at very least, gone to a pelvic health physio. But I didn’t. Instead, I went about my life and ignored the problem. Too embarrassed to talk about it. But it started to impact me negatively. I stopped being spontaneous and started to become less active.

It was one of the key things that made me so driven to get my business up-and-running. The fact that it was impacting my life negatively. I was on a mission to fix my problem, but also help others with the same problem.

I know that bladder leakage stopped me from doing things in life and so I wanted to empower others to feel more confident in living their life without being limited by it.

It made me want to create a product to help with bladder leakage, but also encourage a more open conversation about it, so others felt confident to ask for help. So I set out to create the best underwear I could for bladder leakage and established a forum to get others to share their bladder leak stories. Because I hoped that by creating a more open dialogue, it could reduce some of the stigma surrounding the topic.

Because NO ONE talks about bladder leakage! And yet, it is so common!

My first step was to create a community group so together we could share stories and information and support each other. For me, the group has definitely helped reduce some of the sensitivity and shame I had around the subject. I am a lot more open about my issues now. In turn, I find that others are more open too. Because when 1 in 3 women experience bladder leaks (often due to having children), you quickly discover that incontinence is more common than you think.

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