I think it’s fair to say that talking about bladder weakness isn’t particularly exciting. Few of us ever actually talk about our pelvic floors or bladder function. But despite the fact we often feel embarrassed or shy about this, it’s an important topic.
So when Lights by Tena invited me to attend a perfume masterclass as part of their Feel Fresh campaign, I jumped at the chance be part of it!
Sorry it’s taken me so long to let you all know how the event went – I was hoping to post a Q&A with a pelvic floor specialist inside this blog post. But my contact has been crazy busy recently, so that will have to wait for another time unfortunately.
Anyway, the Lights by Tena Feel Fresh event was held at the beautiful Haymarket Hotel in London, which is so peaceful and tranquil that you would have absolutely no idea the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus is just around the corner!
I met all of the other lovely bloggers attending the event by the stunning indoor pool before we made our way into the room where the perfume masterclass would later be taking place. The fab people at Myriad PR had put on a champagne brunch for us…complete with delicious gluten-free sweet treats!!
The event began with an introduction by Rachael Sumner, the brand manager for Lights by Tena. For me, the most surprisingly thing she said was that light bladder weakness is actually more common than hay fever!! It shocked me so much to find out that 1 in 3 women experience light bladder weakness at some point in their lives!
Before I get onto some more surprising statistics, I’m desperate to tell you about the perfume masterclass because I was absolutely buzzing all the way home from London to Cornwall.
Lights by Tena’s new product range features Feel Fresh technology, which locks in moisture and odours, keeping you feeling fresh. To complement their Feel Fresh campaign, Lights by Tena arranged a masterclass with a top perfume curator from the Experimental Perfume Club (who seriously knew her stuff). It was so much fun!
I’ve always been one of those people who just smiles and nods when others talk about base notes and top notes when smelling perfume. But this masterclass taught me loads about how to create my signature scent!
We each sniffed a range of 15 fragrances ‘blind’ and it’s fair to say I didn’t do well at guessing what they were, other than the obvious fragrances of orange and vanilla. But thankfully, we were given plenty of advice on how to put together the fragrances to make our own signature scent.
My finished product smells absolutely amazing (if I do say so myself)! It includes top notes of orange and bergamot, heart notes of five spices and DHM with base notes of vanilla and sandalwood.
Had I seen that sentence written before going to the masterclass I wouldn’t have had a clue what it meant…and for those of you who also feel that way, let me just tell you that it smells absolutely delicious!! I applied some to my wrists before going home to Cornwall on the train after the event and I literally kept smelling my wrist all the way home.
The 10g bottle has now taken pride of place in my perfume collection and (unsurprisingly) is actually very similar to the other perfumes I already owned!
The whole point of the event was to keep you feeling fresh promoting the new Lights by Tena range, which has been created for women around the age group of 30-45 who are starting to experience little leaks but don’t want to be associated with Tena Lady.
I get it. When I hear the words Tena Lady I think of someone who is fully incontinent and definitely way older than I am. So it makes sense to introduce a new lighter range which bridges that gap where you might have some ‘oops moments’ but don’t class yourself as anywhere near incontinent.
I’m going to come out and admit that I wee a lot! I always have. I drink a lot of water, but even on days when I’m not drinking that much I still end up going to the toilet almost every hour! It’s all cool though – I’ve been checked out and it’s just the way I am.
I’ve also experienced ‘oops moments’ before. It’s not something that happens every day or even every week, but there have been times when I’ve sneezed and had a tiny leak. I’ve actually been working on improving my pelvic floor strength a lot over the last few years because I used to neglect how important it was! I’m not the only one either…
44% of women experience light bladder weakness when sneezing, 32% of women experience it when laughing, and 36% experience it when coughing.
I’m telling you about my ‘oops moments’ and making myself feel vulnerable in the hope it empowers anyone who has been in a similar situation to no longer feel embarrassed. Writing what I’ve just admitted to is actually quite scary because I’m exposing myself (and I’ve stared at that paragraph for ages deciding whether to delete it). But hopefully by telling you that truth it will help to show you that if you do ever experience ‘oops moments’ you’re not alone.
62% of women in the UK experience light bladder weakness!
Something that seriously shocked me at the event was finding out that a quarter of women have never done pelvic floor exercises though! If you’re one of those people, check out Lights by Tena’s pelvic floor fitness app. It gives you advice on what to do to strengthen your pelvic floor, and you can even set reminders so you’ll never miss a set.
If you’re curious about Lights by Tena you can actually get your own free sample online.
They’re very thin and discreet, and the Feel Fresh technology means you can rest assured that if you do have any little accidents nobody will know because it locks in the odour keeping you feeling fresh.
The best part… Lights by Tena are so confident people will love their product that they’re offering a full money back guarantee!
Lights by Tena packs are available in all major supermarkets. RRP £1.99 / £3.49 for duo packs.
With so many women experiencing light bladder weakness, it’s time we remove the stigma attached to it. You are not alone.
Thank you so much to Lights by Tena for inviting me to be part of this fantastic event where I learnt so much!