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About Light Urinary Leaks

The more you know, the more you can stay confident and in control!

Light Urinary Leaks (LUL) are also known as Light Bladder Weakness. It is the small, unintentional dribbling of urine that can happen when you laugh, exercise or lift heavy objects. Unlike medium or heavy incontinence, LUL is usually just a few drops or a small gush.

The surprise? 1 out of every 4 women over 35 have this condition! It is far more common than we think. In fact, you are likely to know someone who has it too.

The great news is LUL does not have to hold you back from living your life. As you will discover, this condition can be managed as well as be improved, and in some case prevented from happening.

In most cases, weak pelvic floor muscles are the culprit. Like any other muscle, the pelvic floor can weaken over time without proper exercise. There are also many other reasons that can cause strain and damage over time.

  • PREGNANCY
    Carrying the additional weight of a baby places strain directly onto the pelvic floor
  • CHILDBIRTH
    Especially a vaginal delivery, where the strain of a baby passing through can cause damage to muscles.
  • OBESITY
    Like pregnancy, carrying extra weight adds extra load to the pelvic floor
  • SMOKING
    Or more so, the associated persistent cough.
  • CONSTIPATION
    The strain from on-going constipation can weaken muscles.
  • AGEING
    Our muscles naturally lose tone and strength over time. Hormonal changes also play a role.In short, LUL can happen due to various natural reasons and circumstances, as our bodies change over time. It is nothing to be shameful about. The more we learn about it, the more we can feel confident and in control.

Light Urinary Leaks can happen unexpectedly when pressure is applied to the bladder, and the pelvic floor muscle isn’t strong enough to hold back the urine. This pressure can happen due to many everyday activities, including:

  • SNEEZING
    People with allergies may experience this much more.
  • COUGHING
    Especially associated with a cold or a persistent smoker’s cough.
  • EXERCISE
    Especially high impact exercises, e.g. running, jumping or skipping.
  • LIFTING
    Carrying heavy weights such as gym equipment, furniture or even children.
  • DIET
    Food and drinks that are known to irritate the bladder include caffeine, alcohol, carbonated drinks, chocolate, citrus, tomato and chilli.
  • DEHYDRATION
    This sounds counterintuitive, but dehydration causes urine to increase in concentration and agitate the bladder.
  • URINARY TRACT INFECTION (UTI)
    This may happen when hygiene and dryness is not optimal, causing bacteria to enter the urinary tract.
  • LAUGHING
    While this can trigger LUL, it is something you don’t want to hold back from! Laugh as much as you wish with the protection of TENA Discreet.

There are many things you can do to help improve bladder weakness. Here are some examples:

  • PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES
    Also known as Kegel Exercises, these help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscle. This is the same muscle you use to avoid passing wind in public, or clench to try and stop urine flow. Simply by contracting it throughout the day, you can strengthen the muscle and reduce leaks over time.
  • STAY HYDRATED
    Aim to drink around two litres a day. This not only helps your bladder function but also assists in keeping bowel movements regular.
  • EAT WELL
    Cut back on caffeine, alcohol, fizzy drinks and spicy foods that can irritate the bladder. Enjoy a diet rich in fibre and whole foods to stay at a healthy weight.
  • STOP SMOKING
    The only way to overcome a smoker’s cough that puts undue strain on the pelvic floor is to give up smoking. See your doctor for assistance.
  • REGULAR EXERCISE
    There’s no downside to this! It keeps the weight off and your endorphins (feel-good hormone) flowing. Even a daily walk can make a huge difference.
  • GOOD TOILET HABITS
    Only empty your bladder when it’s full and avoid getting into the habit of going to the toilet ‘just in case’. This can have the unintended consequence of training your bladder to cope less. But don’t hold back for too long either—as mentioned, excess straining can compromise bladder control.

If you suspect your light bladder leakage is more than just a weak pelvic floor muscle, you should make an appointment and discuss it with your GP.

Many women feel embarrassed to talk about dribbling of urine, but it’s extremely common and doctors will be familiar with diagnosis and treatments.

The sudden onset of light bladder leakage, coupled with a searing, burning pain when urinating would indicate you have a UTI, which is unlikely to go away on its own, requiring a consultation with the doctor.

Regular medications should be reviewed as they may be causing the dribbling of urine. And although rare, the progression of chronic disease could be behind this seemingly harmless, but annoying issue, so it’s always wise to have it checked out.

A little light bladder leakage shouldn’t stop you getting on with your day. Even if you’re in the process of strengthening your pelvic floor muscle and acquiring good habits to improve the problem, those little leaks can easily be managed.

Start with using the right products for hygiene and protection. TENA Discreet pads and liners are designed to absorb urine effectively, giving you far better and discreet protection compared to sanitary pads, which are made to absorb blood.

TENA Discreet also comes with Triple Protection to prevent leaks, odour and moisture.

Instead of masking odour with deodorant or perfume, it neutralises ammonia to eliminate odour so you can stay confident.

The products are thin yet super absorbent, soft, breathable, and hypoallergenic.

Find out which product best suits your need.

*Compared to sanitary pads using in-house method.