I first experienced bladder leakage about 10 years ago. I’ve always enjoyed exercising – from doing Yoga to playing tennis – but in preparation for my wedding I really took it up a notch, including doing more running and working with a personal trainer who got me flipping over tyres and doing some quite intensive repetitions. At the end of a session I was mortified to find that I’d usually leak so I always had to wear something around my waist to hide what was happening.
Things got worse after I had my son. By then not only were most forms of exercise likely to trigger a leak but also sneezing, coughing or just laughing could cause major embarrassment and I would feel so uncomfortable afterwards that I would often want to get changed.
I struggled on, using pads and wearing something around my waist when I did exercise, and worked hard to improve my pelvic strength through yoga practice, but as my son grew so did a new frustration.
My leaks impacted pretty much all aspects of my life by now but by far my greatest sadness was that I couldn’t get into energetic games with my son in the way that I desperately wanted to. If my son asked me to play chase with him and there was any question of me needing the toilet, I’d have to say ‘no, mummy can’t do that right now’. Bouncing with him on the trampoline was definitely a no-go.
Things came to a head earlier last year when I attended a big Jewish wedding.
There was an intense amount of energetic Israeli dancing and there was no question of not taking part. The inevitable major leak left me mortified and put a literal dampener on what had been a very special event. I just said to myself; ‘this is so unfair; I’ve had enough.
I found out about Contrelle and ordered my Sizing Kit. When it arrived, I wasted no time in trying it out. With Contrelle in place, I then did something I hadn’t done in a long time: 20 minutes of high impact exercise including jumping jacks which I previously couldn’t risk trying. The result was immediate and took me completely by surprise.
I couldn’t believe it - no leaks – not a drop. I just felt complete joy – it was totally liberating. At last, I was in control again and it felt truly lifechanging.
Finding Contrelle has been a complete game-changer for me. I don’t have to worry any more, which is such a relief.