Stores near:
  • Store formats
  • Store services
Please enter your ZIP Code, or City, State to select a store
Zip or city, state
    • Monday
    • Tuesday
    • Wednesday
    • Thursday
    • Friday
    • Saturday
    • Sunday
    Store Services

    LBL Starter Guide

    What is LBL?

    It stands for Light Bladder Leakage, and it affects millions of women. In fact, you can expect a third of your friends to know what you're going through.

    What causes LBL?

    Just as no two women are alike, there's no single reason that LBL happens. Some of the most common things that lead to uninvited leaks include:

    • Physical changes from childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy or menopause
    • Being overweight
    • Complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson's disease
    • Bladder or urinary tract infections
    • Bladder irritants (certain foods and beverages)

    What are the types of incontinence?

    While there are several kinds of urinary incontinence, the three most common are:

    Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI): The involuntary loss of urine that occurs when pressure is suddenly placed on your bladder. This could happen when you cough, laugh, sneeze, exercise or lift a heavy item.

    Urge Urinary Incontinence (UUI): A sudden, intense urge to urinate, followed by a loss of urine. With this condition, the bladder muscles squeeze at the wrong time and cause leaks.

    Mixed Urinary Incontinence (MUI): When you experience both Stress and Urge Urinary Incontinence, it's called Mixed Urinary Incontinence.

    What's a Kegel?

    A Kegel is an exercise that helps tighten pelvic floor muscles — the muscles used to stop urinating. Kegels are easy and can be done anytime, anywhere, without anyone noticing. Here's how:

    • Locate the pelvic muscles by pretending to stop the flow of urine
    • Squeeze and hold these muscles for three seconds, then relax for a count of three
    • Try to do 10 tightening/relaxing exercises for a set (aim for 3 sets per day)

    What Should I Do Now?

    Track Your Triggers

    Every woman has her own triggers that can bring on leaks. Certain spicy and acidic foods (like tomatoes and citrus fruits) can aggravate the bladder, along with alcohol, carbonated and caffeinated drinks. There are other triggers, too, like chronic coughs, smoking and certain medications. To discover what may be triggering your LBL, look for patterns by tracking your food, drinks and activities.

    Exercise Right

    One helpful way to reduce leaks is to strengthen the muscles of your pelvic floor. You can do this with yoga, Pilates, tai chi, walking and Kegels. The trick is to make sure you have the correct form — it takes practice to find and squeeze your pelvic floor muscles correctly.

    We know that carrying extra pounds can weaken pelvic floor muscles and lead to LBL, so making time to exercise can help keep your weight in check. In fact, research shows that women with an average weight of about 200 pounds who lose 10 percent of their body weight can reduce leaks by 70 percent.

    Talk to Your Doctor

    Since every woman's body is different, getting advice specific to yours offers the best chance of reducing or even eliminating leaks. Remember, LBL is very common, so it's nothing new to your doctor. To make the conversation easier, write down and share the following things: when you leak, how often you leak, how much you leak and any triggers that cause you to leak. This will help your doctor determine the best treatments. You may want to ask if pelvic floor physical therapy is right for you as it's a non-medical, non-surgical option that's highly effective.

    Be Prepared

    After an embarrassing LBL moment, it's easy to retreat from activities you once loved. But sitting on the sidelines isn't the answer. Stash your favorite Poise products in your purse, and pack a "just-in-case" bag (with underwear and pants) should a leak happen away from home. Even if you use Poise* Impressa* Bladder Supports, you could still keep a few of your favorite Poise pads or liners around. These will come in handy after using Impressa for the maximum eight hours. It also helps to make a practice of emptying your bladder before doing any activities that tend to bring on a leak.

    Monitor Your Fluids

    When you have LBL, you may be inclined to decrease your fluid intake. But actually, to keep your bladder healthy, you should try to drink six to seven 8-oz. glasses of water a day (this could vary slightly depending on your size and physical activity level). When you drink less water, your urine becomes more concentrated and may irritate the lining of the urethra and bladder — which can cause spasms and unexpected leaks.

    Listen and Learn

    Marilyn keeps the LBL conversation going with her popular podcast here at In this episode, she talks with Physical Therapist Kristen Maike about the importance of a healthy pelvic floor and how it can impact your LBL.

    Article provided by Poise®

    Dollar General is not responsible for the content above and disclaims all liability therefrom. Dollar General does not sponsor, recommend or endorse any third party, product, service, or information provided on this site. All content, including but not limited to, health and wellness information provided herein, is for educational purposes only. It is provided "as is" and as such, the accuracy of same is not warranted in any way. Such content is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the diagnosis, treatment and advice of a medical professional. Such content does not cover all possible side effects of any new or different health or exercise program. Consult a medical professional for guidance before changing or undertaking a new health or exercise program. Advance consultation with a medical professional is particularly important if you are under eighteen (18) years old, pregnant, nursing, or have health problems. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website!

    If you have dietary restrictions and/or allergies, always read the ingredient list carefully for all food products prior to consumption. Allergens and their derivatives can have various names and may be present in some food brands but not others. If the ingredient list is not available on the food product, check with the food manufacturer, or do not consume the product. If you have a food allergy, speak to your physician and/or a registered dietitian for a comprehensive list of foods and their derivatives to avoid prior to using any suggestions. Neither the author, Dollar General nor Triad Digital Media, LLC d/b/a Triad Retail Media assume any responsibility for errors, omissions or contrary interpretation of the subject matter herein.

    Related Articles

    Added to cart

    View cart

    Added to list

    Item deleted