Full disclosure: this article is financially supported by Poise
Being a woman, having children, and getting older have made me less embarrassed about all the little things that come along with that. You need your girlfriends to talk to about these experiences. It always feels better to know you are not alone. Today I am your girlfriend, and I’m going to share things I normally would only with my friends.
Motherhood for sure changed my outlook on what was considered embarrassing. Once you have been through all the exams at the doctor’s office and who knows how many people at your feet while you are in labor. You lose a lot of your shyness!
Here are some of these secrets that you may be too embarrassed to talk about.
#1 You have periods! This is not shocking news, but growing up it was something I hid. I was so embarrassed about the idea of being “on the rag” and anyone knowing I had to go change my pad. There is no reason to be embarrassed by this, and some months you will be overjoyed when it shows up and the PMS stops!!
#2: PMS is real! We don’t make this up to act like witches for a week a month. We feel hormonal and switch between wanting to cry and wanting to scream. We gain weight and eat nonstop. It is not enjoyable. I was so sad yesterday about a moth that I found in a bucket of water. Not sure if it was going to live, but couldn’t bare to kill it. My husband looks at me like I’m crazy (perhaps I am a little bit)
#3 You will find hairs where you don’t want them. They will pop up on your upper lip, chin, and sometimes chest (This was one I was very surprised to learn!). Invest in tweezers.
#4 Last, but definitely not least. Sometimes you leak! Somedays you feel leaky or you cough a little too hard, sneeze a little too much, and the bladder let’s loose a little bit.
I will admit to having experienced all of these, and would bet any grown women (especially those who have kids have had kids) have experienced all of these as well! Light bladder leakage hit me when I was pregnant. The weight of a baby pushing on your bladder does a number on you. Afterwards, it hasn’t been bad, but if can get questionable when I am sick and coughing a lot (or like yesterday an unexpected sneeze!)
“One in three women experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL), which can be triggered by everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercise. “
I can’t help with the periods, PMS, hair, and all that, but I can offer you a suggestion on dealing with LBL. Poise has come out with Poise Microliners. Here is some information about Poise Microliners.
“These shockingly thin and surprisingly absorbent liners feature SAM (Super Absorbent Material) to provide discreet Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) protection that helps keep you dry and comfortable all day long so you can manage life’s little leaks with confidence. Poise Microliners are the thinnest liners in the light incontinence category and are designed to absorb wetness, neutralize odor and stay three times drier than period liners.”
They are sold at stores with the other Poise products. I found mine at our local Schnucks grocery store in the Feminine Care Aisle.
Many thanks to Poise for sponsoring today’s story, and keeping me confident!