“I can exercise once more without thinking about urinary incontinence.”
Sandy, a mother who loves running and uses Emy by TENA, shares her experience with urinary incontinence on this blog article. Discover how our Smart Kegel trainer has helped her to continue doing sport without worrying about urinary leaks.
How did you cope with urinary incontinence?
My bladder weakness started when I was first pregnant and then a little afterwards. I had 2 more children, so I guess my postnatal recovery was not done properly.
When did you first notice bladder leakage?
When I started running, my urine loss became a REAL issue. But I also suffered from urinary leakage when I coughed, sneezed, laughed, or while rope skipping.
How did you manage to combine sport and urinary incontinence?
First of all, I choose the sport I am going to do. There’s no way I’m going to do rope jumping or trampolining because I can’t control my bladder leakage.
When it comes to running, the time of day I go running changes everything. If it’s early in the morning, I know I won’t have too many problems. If I run on soft ground, I can control my bladder leakage. But if I run on a road or track, it’s a disaster.
After 5 o’clock I know I have much more problems to control my bladder. It’s also related to my period, I think because of the hormonal changes that happen in the days before.
Anyway, I anticipate my training sessions. I’ve tried everything.
Friends told me to try tampons that were supposed to help me and stop my urinary incontinence problems while running. In addition, I also tried special bladder protection. However, over long distances, the pad ends up being filled. For me, it wasn’t very comfortable, it creates friction.
What is the toughest aspect of urinary incontinence?
If you work out, the worst thing about urinary incontinence is the smell at the end. It’s a terrible smell. Especially when I finish a race and I have to take public transport home or take the car with someone; I have to cover the seat. So, in the end, I changed my workouts to do them alone.
How do you feel about Emy by TENA?
I’ve been lucky enough to use the Emy by TENA Kegel trainer.
Emy by TENA is amazing and fun, with a lot of freedom to use. I train my pelvic floor with it 3 times a week for 5 minutes. Since then, my workouts have completely changed! Much less bladder leakage, less stress when I’m running with other people and getting in the car with them.
Things have really changed, although I still take some precautions. But overall, things have changed for sure!