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When TENA met Chrissie

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When TENA met Chrissie

Chrissie Swan knows the importance of a good laugh.

As the co-host of the beloved radio show Chrissie, Sam & Browny, her mornings are spent tackling taboos, busting misconceptions, and sharing personal stories with her co-hosts (and the nation) that often end in fits of laughter. Like TENA, she knows that good humour can open the door to honest and important discussions.

Needless to say, we couldn’t wait to catch up with Chrissie to take on the topic of incontinence and have a big giggle over little leaks.



“The first time I bought a TENA in person I made a big song and dance about them being for my elderly mother because I was embarrassed thinking I was too young!” Chrissie explains. “It was very similar to the embarrassment over buying tampons or condoms. But would you believe it’s only a myth that it’s an ‘old age condition’ and in fact, bladder leaks affect 1 in 3 women over the age of 35!”


Incontinence is not only extremely common, but a young person’s game, too. It affects men and (predominantly) women of all ages, with half of the people currently experiencing incontinence aged between 40 and 59.


So what is it exactly?

Continence is the ability to control your bladder and bowel. Incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder and bowel control. This can range from little leaks to larger losses of fluid. 


What products can help?

“I work with 3 of the funniest people on the planet and I can’t go to work without a TENA!”

If you’ve ever tuned into Chrissie’s radio show, you can imagine the struggle is real!

But little leaks shouldn’t put limits on your life. By choosing the right product, you can remain fresh and confident without worrying about untimely mishaps. Our range of liners, pads, pants and reusable underwear are designed specifically for urine absorption. They differ from sanitary pads (which are designed for blood and other bodily fluids) as they contain polymers that quickly lock urine into the product core, keeping moisture and odour secured away so you can get on with you day.


So what are Chrissies top three little leak moments?

  1. “’Suspicious Minds’ by Elvis started playing in the studio and I got up so quickly with such excitement that I did a little wee.”
  2. “I bought a trampoline for the kids (and secretly myself). The first time I used it was not a great success!”
  3. “Roller-skating was a little hobby of mine and I got the greatest skates - apart from landing on my bum several times…The pelvic floor proved it’s not what it once was.”


The common thread here, and for a lot of people, is pelvic floor management.


What is the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is the sling of muscles that sit in the base of the pelvis. They are the muscles you squeeze to ‘hold on’ when you need to urinate, have a bowel movement or to prevent passing wind and play a key role in bowel and bladder control.


While you might be fit and active, your pelvic floor needs a workout of its own to improve urinary leaks.


What exercises can help?

  • Clenches, holds and releases (also known as ‘Kegels’) are a great way to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. More instructions can be found here.
  • Yoga and Pilates have a focus on core strength, which includes the lower back, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.
  • Practise limiting the number of trips to the toilet a day. This can strengthen your muscles over time and help work up to only going when you wake up and before you go to bed.

Other tips like limiting alcohol and caffeine consumption, maintaining a healthy weight, and speaking to your doctor about whether your medications might be causing bladder irritation may also help.


The takeaway? It’s entirely common to experience incontinence in some form or another.

Your doctor or physio is the go-to to learn more about this. In the meantime, we’re here to help you get on with your day

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