What is LBL?
Light bladder leakage (LBL) can be categorized as "stress incontinence" or "urge incontinence." If you suffer from stress incontinence, you may leak minor amounts of urine when you stress your body by coughing, laughing, sneezing or exercising.1 Women with stress incontinence are able to control urine flow most of the time. However, weakened bladder muscles due to pregnancy, aging, weight gain, or a hysterectomy or other major surgeries may allow the bladder to slip down into the pelvic bottom region where pressure exists.1
Urge incontinence may be attributed to bladder inflammation, bladder stones, infection or blockage. In many cases, no cause for urge incontinence is found.1
Ways to Treat Light Bladder Leakage
To help reduce leakage events:2
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Practice pelvic floor exercises
- Avoid bladder irritants, such as caffeine, alcohol and acidic foods
- Eat more fiber, which can prevent constipation, a cause of urinary incontinence
- Don't smoke, or seek help to quit smoking
More About Why Light Bladder Leakage Happens
The urethral sphincter and pelvic floor muscles prevent urine from leaking out of the bladder unexpectedly. Strong pelvic floor muscles are needed to keep your urethra closed, while a healthy urethral sphincter (muscles supporting the urethra) will squeeze the urethra to stop urine from leaking out of the bladder. When you choose to urinate, your muscles relax naturally.3
If you suffer from light bladder leakage, know you are not alone. The U.S. National Institutes of Health3 reports nearly 10 million people in the U.S. cope with LBL on a daily basis. Many women and men with LBL use products and techniques to successfully manage occasional leaks.
Protection from LBL with NEW Stayfree® Ultra Thin® Pads
Most women in their 30s and 40s use pads during their period. However, this is the time when light bladder leakage starts occurring, primarily due to pregnancies and weakened bladder muscles.2 Additionally, problems with LBL means women need different protection methods involving absorption and odor neutralization. To address these needs, Stayfree® is proud to offer a new type of pad incorporating a proprietary, hybrid technology designed to handle both menstruation and leakage issues.
Stayfree® Ultra Thin® Pads Now with Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP)
SAP is composed of water-absorbing polymers that absorb up to 24 times their weight in liquid. In addition to providing reliable protection against LBL accidents, Stayfree® Ultra Thin® Pads also:
- Locks fluid within SAP particles faster than the leading value brand of pads even while you are sitting down
- Combine super absorbent materials to help keep you feeling exceptionally dry for up to eight hours
- Contains powerful odor neutralizers to prevent odors
Stayfree® Ultra Thin® Pads are thin enough for you to carry several pads at one time in purses or shoulder bags. When you’re wearing an Ultra Thin pad, whether for light bladder leakage or menstruation, you'll feel confident, reassured, and dry throughout your busy day.
Note: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.
Content produced and distributed by US National Library of Medicine. 2012, June. Management of Urinary Incontinence [Article]