Thursday, December 01, 2016

Meet the New Answer to Stress Urinary Incontinence from Poise #LiveWithoutLeaks

I'm not sure if I've told you guys how sick I was a couple of weeks ago. Nothing life threatening, "just" a cold. But when I get a cold, I don't go half-way. It starts with a sore throat, moves to my sinuses, and ends in my chest. This time around it laid me flat for three solid days. I was just miserable and couldn't function, so I'd get Boo off to school and go back to bed. This is so strange for me, but there wasn't much else I could do.

At the end of those three days I was feeling a lot better, but the cold was in my chest, making it hard to breathe, so I was exhausted. And I was coughing like crazy. Deep, painful, persistent coughing. Aside from being terribly uncomfortable, my coughs now have a not-so-fun side effect: I pee a little every time. It's especially bad when I first get out of bed in the morning with a full bladder and a chest full of phlegm. I have almost mastered the running to the bathroom, coughing, with my legs held tightly together.


This experience is called Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and is defined as the involuntary loss of urine that occurs when pressure is suddenly placed on your bladder. Like when you are pregnant and the baby kicks, or you decide to trampoline with your kids, or you violently sneeze. What causes it? It happens when the muscles around the urethra become too weak to prevent the leakage of urine from the bladder when pressure (or stress) is placed on it. This often happens with pregnancy, especially after vaginal birth. It can also occur with aging and menopause. I've experienced SUI since my pregnancy, but it has definitely become a more common occurence in the past couple of years. I imagine that's connected to my peri-menopause.

I wouldn't be surprised if many of my female readers experience similar issues. In fact, 1 in 3 Canadian women experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL), of which SUI is one type. Yet, many of us are embarrassed to talk about it, so we don't realise we are all in good company. According to a study by Poise, 72% of Canadian women aged 45-54 who experience SUI feel self-conscious because of it. That study also found that younger women are a bit less self-conscious - 56% of those aged 18-34. I wonder if that has to do with the younger women being more open to talking about the condition? At any rate, I think sharing our experiences helps everyone and allows us to share solutions and treatment options as well. We all win.

Treatment options for SUI range from lifestyle changes like losing weight, to Kegel exercises, physiotherapy, and all the way to surgery. On a daily basis, many of us use absorbent pads to catch our leaks as they happen. A new treatment option is a product that actually works to stop the leaks before they happen - Poise Impressa.

Poise Impressa is a bladder support, inserted into the vagina with an applicator, just like a tampon. It is non-absorbent, and removes easily by pulling on the string. It works by providing support under the urethra, applying physical pressure to stop any potential leaks.

The core is a flexible, medical-grade silicon, which is covered
with a soft, non-absorbent polypropylene cover

Impressa comes in 3 sizes, and it's important to use the correct one for you. To get you started, Poise offers a Sizing Kit, containing one support in each of the three sizes. This retails for $9.99. Start with the smallest (Size 1). If it feels comfortable and you experience no leaks, you've found your size. Otherwise move up to try size 2. The size you need will depend on a number of factors, including how much leakage you experience, as well as your height and weight. Poise Impressa can be worn for up to 8 hours, once per 24 hour period. I've been trying it out, and I'll tell you more about my experience in a coming post. Wish me luck!

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Poise Impressa as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary product to facilitate my review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Prep Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank #ChurchandDwight

Tomorrow is December 1, and I am so excited for Christmas I am close to bursting!! My front room is prepped for the tree to go up, hopefully today, and the Christmas music has been playing for a couple of weeks already. Next steps - finish the decorating (indoors and out this year - another single mom issue and new to me), finish the gift shopping, bake the cookies, and plan the entertaining. Phew! There's a bunch to be done, for sure, but it's all stuff I enjoy. 

This will be an interesting year, as the first without my husband. I don't want to muck around with our family traditions too much at this stage, but I do think it's important to add some new distractions to keep us all busy and excited. I need to counteract the bad days that are sure to come. I'll be saying yes to more invitations out, and am planning a couple of get-togethers here at our place as well. And of course I'm budgeting for it all in our new single income + pension financial situation. But I know I've got it under control, and have set up a budget to follow, including a promise to myself to not add new decorations this year. We'll see how I do on that one :)

To help you get ready for your holiday decorating and entertaining, I'm sharing these tips from Church & Dwight. They have great products to help you clean up and prep your home for guests. And after all the hard work is done, I know I'll be lathering on my Rub A535 to help with my sore muscles. I rely on it! Here are their suggestions to help you prep while staying on budget -

Revive Outdoor Décor
Love your holiday décor from last season? Don’t be afraid to reuse it again this year to help save time and money. To revive last year’s décor and keep it looking like new, try using OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover Powder. It’s the perfect solution to remove dirt, dust and grime from decorations that were sitting in storage or outside since you put them away.

Woo Overnight Guests
Fresh blankets and sheets is an inexpensive and cheerful way to help your guest feel like they’re staying at a hotel. To help freshen stale sheets and towels from the back of the linen closet, use Arm & Hammer™ Plus OxiClean™ Unit Dose Power Paks in Fresh Scent for a refreshing clean.

Take it one step further, and provide a basket with fresh towels and toiletry items they may have forgotten, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste. The new Arm& Hammer™ Truly Radiant™ lineup of products are sure to impress. The Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh Toothpaste and Spinbrush™ are the perfect combination with a refreshing and clean mint flavour that provides long lasting freshness guests will love!

Host a Potluck Christmas Dinner
Make this year’s turkey dinner a team effort! Get your guests involved in the party and arrange a potluck so that everyone pitches in. As the host, take charge by preparing the turkey and have guests bring the fixings, sides and desserts (and wine)!

When it comes to clean-up, cut back on the time you spend in the kitchen by using OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals™ and Triple Action Dishwasher Booster to remove the toughest stuck on foods and stains. There’s no pre-rinsing or pre-washing necessary.

Dress to Impress
From family gatherings to New Year’s Eve parties, holiday spills and accidents are bound to happen. This year, don’t let a fear of spills and stains keep you from wearing your favourite party clothes. Instead, use quality laundry detergent such as OxiClean™ HD Liquid Laundry Detergent to remove any dried-on stains the first time and keep clothes looking vivid and bright.

To accessorize your favourite party outfit, pair it with your best bling! For a quick, easy and effective jewelry refresher, try mixing Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda with hot water and leave your jewelry to sit for a few minutes. In no time, your diamonds will be sparkling bright and looking like new.

Schedule Some “Me Time”
The hustle and bustle of the holidays is sure to leave any host tired, even when entertaining is kept simple. Enjoy some well-deserved “me time” and opt for a hot bubble bath with candles and reach for some Rub A535 Anti Inflammatory Heating Cream to soothe your aching muscles.

There are countless ways to lessen stress and save money during the holidays. What are some of your best kept tips to save money and reduce your stress?

Disclosure: I am a member of the Church & Dwight Ambassador Program, and as such receive special perks, products, and other compensation for my participation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tell Me I'm Not the Only One

There are a ton of changes that come with being a woman of a certain age. Fun things like hot flashes and grey hair in "interesting" places. Peeing just a little when you laugh. Not having any idea why you just walked into that room. It's a gas, really!

Last night, for instance, I wrote a "brilliant" blog post in my head, while I was doing something inane like washing the dishes. It had humour and interest and I am sure it had some genius tips for you all. Or something like that. Because, you see, all I remember is that I wrote something in my head. And, in spite of thinking to myself, "Self, you should really jot down some notes in a draft post," I didn't do that. So it's gone now. Completely. If I ever remember what I wanted to tell you, I promise I will. Though it likely wasn't anywhere as "brilliant" as I'd like to think it was. Whatever. Can't remember. Move on.

Totally related - on Sunday morning I had to run out for a couple errands. I hit up Dollarama, got everything I meant to (yay! for small miracles), then was on my way to M&M Food Market for their Oriental Party Pak (my fave!) And I decided I really needed another coffee. Thankfully I live in Scarborough, and so there were at least 3 Tim Horton's options along my route. Stopped at the first one, got my coffee, popped it in my cup holder to wait for it to cool down.

When I pulled up in front of the plaza with M&M? It was closed. Like, closed up, space for lease. Crap. Loving my smart phone, I went online and found the nearest option. Which was almost precisely the same distance from my house, but in the opposite direction. Sigh. Hit the road again, pass my house, keep on going.

And then I decided that I really needed another coffee. OK, there's a Timmie's on the next corner (seriously - Scarborough). But wait.  Wasn't I going to stop at Timmie's half an hour ago on my way to the first M&M's? Why didn't I do that??

I am serious. Absolutely serious. I had a beautiful, medium-black-2-sugar sitting next to me for over half an hour and completely and utterly forgot I had ever purchased it.  Dufus. It was a great temperature for drinking at least.

I told my mom that story and I think she may have peed herself a little, laughing at me.

Help me out here. You can relate, right?


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