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Living day-to-day with a health problem can take its toll. Worrying about the next incident that will cause an unexpected trip to the bathroom or the need to change clothes can keep women from saying "yes" to invitations from friends or even new job opportunities, like an interview or speaking engagement. IT doesn't have to be that way.

Any illness can trigger depression for 10 percent of the general female population, but for those dealing with a problem repeatedly that risk jumps to 25 percent. In the case of something like Light Bladder Leakage (LBL), Irritable Bowel Sundrome (IBS) or even food allergies, feeling scared or sad can make the problem worse and limit a woman's ability to interact with others.

Womensforum and Poise® have put together five simple ways for you to battle those fears and reclaim your happiness. 

Don't Be Scared to Learn More

Our fears often come from the things we don't understand. Finding clarity is often as easy as reaching out to learn more. Don't be afraid to ask questions and be open to the answers. If a medical professional is not responding thoroughly to your concerns, then find a doctor who will. A doctor who doesn’t take you seriously, isn’t knowledgeable about your disease, or gets easily frustrated with your questions will only worsen your fears and may even aggravate your symptoms. Knowing what you are dealing with should make you feel more in control, and that alone can help conquer your fears.

Get Support

17662-Poise-PictureSpeaking of control, when it comes to something like LBL, finding a solution for your symptoms can be a powerful medicine on its own. A prescription is not required to use Poise Thin-Shape Pads, but using them will feel like just what the doctor ordered when you realize how the 3-in-1 protection for dryness, comfort, and odor control can change your life. You may not be able to stop the leaks, but you can seize your #PoiseMoment and keep them from stopping your life. Whether your chronic condition is LBL, IBS or even asthma or severe food allergies, there are solutions out there to make living with any condition easier. Making the choice to embrace that solution can help you feel more in control.

Okay, Get More Support

You are not alone. It doesn't matter what you are facing, someone else out there has been dealing with it, too. Thanks to the internet and social media, finding people to support you is as easy as a keyword search. Whether it is LBL, IBS or any other issue there is a support network out there. All you have to do is reach out and use it. Too many people who are juggling these challenges allow themselves to be isolated from the people they care about and stop doing the things they love, like running or taking day trips. Talking openly with people in day-to-day conversation may be tough, so search for support groups specific to your situation within your social networks or even on a more anonymous basis. You will be comforted either way by how many people share your fears, and that, in turn, can ease your own.

This Does Not Define You

Dealing with a recurring problem can take over your life. Don't be defined or let it consume your life. Find those solutions that ease your problem then go out and live your life. Focus on your ability to deal with it rather than the challenges it causes. Accept yourself as you are, and spend time with people who support you and help enable you to deal with those challenges. It can sound a bit like Pollyanna, but changing your perspective can have a tremendous impact on how you feel about the obstacles you face.

Face Your Fears

There may be ups and downs, and it can be discouraging to see others living life without the same worries. Try to look at this as an opportunity for you to grow and learn more about your body, and all the ways in which you can have a full and productive life despite your health issues.

The more you take control, the more you won't feel so overwhelmed. Get the things you need to take care of any problems, reach out for support and learn all you can about how to make things better. Follow our advice and we promise you'll eventually find your worries, fears and anxieties fade away.

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