This post is part of a sponsored series by Incontrol Medical to spread awareness about female incontinence. All opinions are my own.
Hey, guys! I am so sorry for the long absence here. We just returned back home from the Philippines. After 6 weeks of being away from home (3 in the East Coast and 3 in the Philippines), I was very much looking forward to being home and getting back to routine. Unfortunately, the fixer upper we were hoping to move into upon arriving had setbacks after setbacks: the floors had to be redone 4 times, 3 issues with permits, 2 fires, and a partridge in a pear tree. The whole debacle will be highlighted in a separate post but I am happy to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve been hotel living for months and I cannot wait to finally sleep in my own bed.
Anyway, back in December, I opened up about my battles with female incontinence. I partnered up with Incontrol Medical to try out the ApexM: an FDA approved at home trans vaginal device that specializes in two types incontinence. Stress and urge incontinence. Despite only having to do it 10 minutes a day/6 days a week, a grueling travel schedule and room sharing with extended family made it very difficult to use my device. Once we get settled in to the new home, I will start again and I’ll have a full review for you in about a month’s time.
While in the Philippines, Apollo and I got hit with a nasty virus that took us down for the count for almost a week. Long after the fevers & the body ached subsided, a brutal cough lingered. Along with this cough came leakage. Leakage during our family reunion while talking to aunts I haven’t seen in years. Leakage at the Mall of Asia despite emptying my bladder at every bathroom I saw. Leakage at night during the uncontrollable coughing fits. It was mortifying and I resulted in using Apollo’s diapers a couple of times.
My only comforting thought was knowing that there was hope with my ApexM and that I was not alone. During research for my previous post about female incontinence, I learned just how common it was: 1/3 of the female population suffers from it. Not only did I learn that I wasn’t alone, a few women shared their stories with me. With permission, I am sharing with you.
If you suffer from female incontinence, know that you are not alone. More importantly, know that there’s hope.
Jasmine from NM shares:
It was open house for my daughter’s kindergarten class and I was excited to see her classroom and meet her teacher for the first time. We were sitting in a circle on the colorful rubber mats the kids use for story time. I was listening to the bubbly blonde talk about the upcoming year when it happened. I started to cough and a small gush. I stood up mortified to see a mark on the mat, which I quickly covered with a book. I loosened up the straps on my backpack to cover the spot I certainly had on my jeans. I was so embarrassed and did my best to keep my distance from people the rest of the night. I was worried I smelled.
Nelly from NJ shared:
We recently moved to NJ from CT a few months ago. I am a FTM and at 6 months old, I finally felt comfortable enough to enroll in a gym with childcare. I thought attending group classes would be a good way to meet fellow moms and shed the last few baby pounds. The class was tough but I was proud the I was semi-able to keep up. Then came the star-jumps. It came out of nowhere after two jumps. My gray leggings screamed of the evidence so I quickly muttered “damn my knees can’t take this” to those within ear shot and ran out of the room. From then on, no more HIIT classes and only black or patterned leggings to the gym. And Always Discreet!
Meredith from CA shares:
I’M 45 and suffer from SUI (stress urinary incontinence). I don’t have the excuse of having had children, but decades of a sedentary lifestyle has weakened my pelvic floor and glutes. I took up running at 41, and somewhere along the line I began to carry an extra pair of shorts and underwear after every run. Emergency changing sessions at restaurant bathrooms became common practice and every pair of running shorts I own is black. Finally, I talked to my GP about it who then referred me to an incontinence clinic. This is something I am working on today.
As you can see, incontinence is a huge and unspoken issue. Most people suffer in silence but we don’t have to. On this post, I talked about possible causes and what you can do. I am looking forward to starting my sessions with my ApexM again and ridding myself of the worry of leaking during simple acts like laughing and sneezing.
You can get $125 off your own ApexM through the site now to Feb 29th, 2018 using the CODE: LOVE125.
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