Depend_TitleNo woman should feel embarrassed.

No women should ever feel self-conscious.

The truth is that probably more of us are uncomfortable with our bodies than are. We suck ourselves in, cover things up, and compare ourselves to others. I know because I am one of those women.

Our bodies are amazing. They nurture children, shoulder the weight of our families, and allow us to go further and push ourselves harder. They overcome obstacles and beat insurmountable odds. These bodies love tremendously and reel from broken hearts.

The problem is that all of these things take a toll on our bodies. Gravity makes things sag, our skin stretches, life leaves battle scars.

I struggle with loving my body. I know that it has done amazing things such as being pregnant twice, delivering two children, nursing two children, and keeping up with those two boys. I have saggy skin, stretch marks, weight that I can’t seem to lose, and did I mention that I pee when I sneeze? With these things, it makes it difficult to feel good about myself.

Author sitting on the curb after finishing a 5K
Here I am after I just finished the THON 5K in State College, Pa.

The problem that many women (including myself) face is that we want to improve our bodies, but our bodies are actually a hinderance to ourselves.

For me, I would love to be able to run again. I was a runner in high school and it felt great. Since then I’ve run several 5Ks and even did a mud run, but one thing holds me back — bladder leakage. I hate that because of my weakened pelvic floor muscles from pregnancy, whenever I run or do strenuous exercise, pee leaks out.

In the past, I have thought of Depends as bulky diaper-like things that only grandmothers wore. There was no way I wanted to be a part of that. Then, I was introduced to Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs. These actually fit and feel like underwear. This means that women can feel more comfortable using them for exercising, or even for everyday life.

DependBoxWhat is even better is that over the course of three years, Depend is taking part in Underwareness, a social movement and charitable cause to break down stigma around bladder leakage. In order to show support with women with bladder leakage, for ever photo and video shared using #Underwareness and featuring Depend products, the Depend brand will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.

To help support Underwareness, and to request a free sample of Depend Silhouette Active Fit, visit the Depend website.

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