Approach the subject head-on, rather than waiting for your partner to ask you about it. If you’ve been behaving in a way that’s out of character, the truth could come as a relief to your partner, who may have been struggling to understand what’s going on. Here are some more suggestions for how to talk to your loved one with poise.
How do You Start the Conversation?
They may have noticed or commented on your frequent trips to the bathroom, or your reluctance to join in on certain activities, so this is a great place to start. For example, you could introduce it by saying, “I’ve been needing to go to the bathroom much more than I used to – that’s why I have trouble enjoying my time in places like movie theaters or long car rides. It’s difficult to get to the bathroom in places like that.” This will help you explain your change in behavior, while letting your partner know how a sensitive bladder is affecting you.
Go Slow so They Can Take Time to Understand it
Although your partner will most likely be supportive, it’s important to remember that they may have no idea what you’re going through or why. Tell them about your symptoms, and describe how they’re affecting your life and their impact on your relationship.
Let Them Know that Bladder Sensitivity is a Common Condition
Help your partner understand how, why and who experiences a sensitive bladder. One in three adult women! Reassure them that you’re taking care of bladder leaks with products that are made specifically for it – like Always Discreet liners, pads and underwear. Mention that you are trying ways to improve your bladder control as well, like by doing Kegel exercises.
Encourage your partner to ask questions so you can work together to deal with your overactive bladder. Then enjoy a big sigh of relief. Isn’t it nice to think you’ll have someone to talk to who understands and cares?