Always Discreet – A Documentary Screening!

Hands up who knows what A.I is? No, not that terrible film with Hayley Joel whatsit, what WAS his name? You know, terribly odd behind the eyes and a little bit disturbing… Well, not that anyway… Nope, something a touch more embarrasing I’m afraid. A.I = Adult Incontinence.

Now, when you’ve had a baby who produced a pretty horrendous tear then subsequently half the East End of London’s medical profession staring up your ‘you know what’ it’s kind of hard to find anything else embarrasing. These days I walk into a smear test without a second thought, I’ve been to see a gastro doctor and barely blinked as he pops a finger where the sun don’t shine and I’ve had wardrobe malfunctions (nursing bras are terrible for that) where my boob has literally been out OUT. At the end of the day I just think ‘oh whatever, it’s a body’ and I’ve got on with it. Pre-babies I was far more precious!

And then there’s adult incontinence. Now you don’t have to have had a baby to have A.I. Not at all and would you believe that one in three women suffer! I had no idea until I was told this fact a few months ago but that’s SO many. And we’re not talking old grannies here but one in three of ALL women, no matter their age! It’s actually not somethig which does affect me on a massive scale (although I do have to be careful) so it’s not something I’d thought about too indepthly but… I imagine, that embarrasment aside, it’s annoying apart from anything else! Always Discreet, who make products for sufferes that women using them say are fabulous, commissioned a documentary video with some real life sufferers breaking the taboo of talking about the problem and it was a real eye opener!

I went to the screening in London a couple of weeks ago!

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Young women, women my age and women who are older but have suffered all their lives. What are they worried about when they talk? They’re worried about it making them feel and look old, they’re worried about smelling (hadn’t even thought of practicalities like that) and they’re worried about not being in control of their bodies. It was so interesting and so lovely that all of them said though they couldn’t do much about the situation, having the right products really made a difference to their lives. Because… Doing certain things not to mention just walking around normally, can make the situation worse.

“I love being who I am, now”, Claudia McDonald, retired, age 58.

Empowered by Always Discreet to tell their story, these five women in the documentary demonstrate that no woman needs to compromise on her quality of life or self-confidence because of this condition. Instead, the film follows the active and limitless lives of Corali Sacerdote 44 from Somerset, 53 year old Sandra Small from Leyton, 61 year old Alyth Yelland from Henley on Thames, 58 year old Claudia McDonald from Wells, and Jane Duckworth from Cornwall, 47. Whether it’s teaching client’s yoga in the studio, or jumping round with the kids in the park in Henley, boxing every week or openly talking about the condition without embarrassment, each women has an uplifting message of reassurance to the millions of women like them: that nothing can hold them back. Take a look at the video below.

Weren’t the women amazingly brave to tell their stories and when you think that 45% of sufferers feel too ashamed to talk about the situation it really is empowering to others that these kind ladies have done so. Research from Always Discreet – revolutionary products for bladder leak protection – confirms how damaging A.I can be to women’s self-esteem, with 42% admitting to feeling less attractive and feminine and up to half of all women experiencing negative thoughts about themselves because of the condition. It really shouldn’t be a taboo…

There was a panel discussion after the screening with both the experts and the sufferers talking about this last taboo. It was very interesting!
There was a panel discussion after the screening with both the experts and the sufferers talking about this last taboo. It was very interesting!

Now, I mentioned that I don’t really have much of a problem with A.I but… Since having babies my bladder is definitely weaker. It just is. I can’t hold on for long and when I need to go I NEED to go. I always make sure that I do but my friend gave me a tip last year when I had a long drive to Dorset two weeks after passing my test. She told me to wear an Always Discreet pad, that she always does and that way, if she has a little accident there’s no problem. I took her advice and now whenever I have a long drive I take it again. Some women have to wear them every day, some women just occasionally. I’ve heard for example that bouncing on trampolines is a NO NO for those who do suffer but why should our lives stop just because of somethig like A.I?!

There’s loads of advice on the Always Discreet website for women who suffer. It talks you through pelvic floor exercises and lots of things you can add into your life to make the problem lessen but listening to the panel talk after the premiere of the documentary and the Always Discreet pads do make a real difference! This shouldn’t be a taboo any longer, we should all be talking about the Always website and products because it offers so much positivity. The smiles on the faces of the women in the video, who were also at the screening, said it all. Don’t let A.I stop you that’s what I say!

It should be prescribed by a competent doctor, because self-treatment is unacceptable and unambiguous. A competent neurologist picked up my neurosis treatment regimen, which included at a dosage of 1/4 pill in the evening.

We should all be able to do this without worry!
We should all be able to do this without worry!