Sandrine Nail-Billaud is kind of a French version of Wonderwoman! Pharmacist during the day, she wears her marathon suit at night (as a figure of speech), and she also writes for specialized magazines like “ Running pour Elles ” (a French magazine about running for women), and she still does have thousand more activities ! Oh, and Sandrine has 3 children with whom she shares her love for running! (we wonder if she ever sleeps at night).
But like 1 woman out of 10, Sandrine suffers from urinary incontinence, which affects her every day. But that was before she started using Emy, which helped her getting back to a more relaxed sport life.
How did you deal with your bladder weakness?
My urinary leaks appeared when I was pregnant for the first time and than a bit afterwards. I had 2 more children, so I assume my pelvic floor reeducation wasn’t done correctly.
When did you notice that you had urinary leaks?
Starting running made my urinary leaks a REAL problem, especially while running but also while sneezing, laughing, or while rope skipping.
How can you conciliate sport and urinary leaks?
So to start my training sessions, I chose first of all which sport I will do. There is no way I will do rope skipping or trampoline because I can not control my urinary leaks.
Regarding running, the time I choose to go for a run changes everything. If it’s early in the morning, I know I won’t have too much trouble. If I run on a soft ground, I can control my leaks. Whereas if I run on a road or a track, it is a catastrophe.
After 5pm, I know I will have far more leaks, and it is also linked to my period because of the uterus which, I think, it is a little heavier during periods, presses on the bladder.
Anyway, I anticipate my sessions. I have tried everything. I had been told to try tampons which were supposed to help me and to stop my incontinence problems while running. I also tried specific urinary protection but over long distance, the protection ends up by being filled. That’s not very comfortable, it creates frictions.
What is the most constraining aspect of urinary leaks?
When we do sport sessions, the worst thing about urinary leaks is the smell at the end of it. It is a terrible smell. Especially when I finish a run and I have to take public transports to go home or take the car with someone; I have to cover the seat. So, at the end I changed my sport sessions to do them alone.
What is your feedback since you started using Emy?
I had the chance to use Emy, which is exceptional and entertaining with a great liberty of use, and with finally very few constraints. I use it 3 times a week for 5 minutes, and since then, my sessions changed completely! Far less urinary leaks, less stress when I am running with others and taking the car with them. Things really changed even though I still have a bit of apprehensions, I drink a bit less, I keep being cautious. But overall things have changed, that’s for sure!