What’s going on?

Believe it or not, in the UK more women experience bladder leakage than hayfever! It’s very common for women to experience some level of incontinence after giving birth, but it can also be caused by medication, endometriosis, surgery, being overweight, stress and more…

Many women are led to believe that weeing themselves when they cough, laugh or sneeze becomes an unavoidable part of life, but that’s not the case! Whilst the experience can be very difficult it’s also usually treated easily through pelvic floor exercises.

It’s time that we started speaking more openly about women’s health and smashed these bodily taboos!

 

What’s the problem with incontinence pads?

Your ‘mainstream’ disposable incontinence pad and pants have a high plastic content and could take up to 500 years to break down. Even then they only break down into microplastics which enter our soils, our waterways and our food chain.

With an aging population this plastic waste issue is only set to grow, so let’s tackle it here and now.

What can I do to reduce waste from incontinence pads?

Go Reusable!

Just like with period pads and pants, there are reusable or organic disposable options available to cut out the plastic, chemicals and synthetic fragrances:

A quick google for ‘reusable continence pads/ pants’ will bring up various other brands that you can check out, to see which best suits you.

Speak Up 

Knowing that this issue is more common than hayfever in the UK might give you some confidence to speak more openly about bladder incontinence and help to break surrounding taboos. Nobody should have to suffer when there’s often such a simple solution.

To support you on your way, Natracare are running the ‘World’s Biggest Squeeze’  on Facebook Live this Valentine’s Day, to build a sense of community, share information and get a dialogue going. They’ll be joined by comedian and pelvic floor expert, Elaine Miller!

Natracare are also running a survey to gather real-life stories and really understand what women experience. You can fill out the survey here.