When talking about bladder sensitivity, 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 your behavior.
How do you start the conversation?
Your partner may have noticed or commented on your frequent trips to the bathroom, or your reluctance to join him in 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 confined places like the movie theater or long car rides when there is no easy access to a bathroom.” This will help you explain your change in behavior, while letting him know how bladder sensitivity is affecting you.
Go slow so he can take time to understand it
Although your partner will most likely be supportive, it’s important to remember that he may have no idea what you’re going through or why. Tell him about your symptoms, describe how they’re affecting your life and their impact on your relationship.
Let him know that bladder sensitivity is a common condition among women
Help your partner understand how, why, and who experiences bladder sensitivity. Reassure him that you’re managing your sensitive bladder with specific incontinence products like Always Discreet liners, pads and underwear, and explain that you are working on improving your bladder control.
Encourage your partner to ask questions so you can work together to deal with your overactive bladder. This means you’ll have someone to talk to about your condition and you’ll have the daily support you need.